Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #1
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #1
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Deebo Samuel News

No plans for a trade, per Lynch

GM John Lynch indicated Monday that the 49ers don't intend to trade Samuel, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "I can't ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo," Lynch noted during his pre-draft press conference Monday, adding that Samuel is "just too good of a player."

Analysis: Lynch's comments arrive in the wake of reports that Samuel -- who is approaching the final year of his rookie contract -- would like to be traded by San Francisco. Though Lynch didn't go into details, he did relay that he's had discussions with the versatile wideout, who's in line to land a lucrative second NFL contract regardless of how things resolve between him and the 49ers. In any case, it's clear that the team would prefer to work things out with Samuel, but until or unless the 2019 second-rounder changes his reported stance regarding his desire to play elsewhere, there figures plenty of speculation regarding his status as the 2022 season approaches.

Apr 25, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Wants to be traded

Samuel has asked the 49ers to trade him, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Analysis: Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 49ers have sought to discuss a long-term deal with the versatile wideout, but Samuel evidently would prefer a change of scenery. In any case, if San Francisco does elect to field trade offers for the 2019 second-rounder, there would no doubt be plenty of interest. Samuel is approaching the final year of his rookie deal and is thus line for a lucrative contract extension after putting together an outstanding season in 2021.

Apr 20, 2022 10:00 AM EST

May skip offseason on-field work

Samuel isn't expected to participate in any on-field work during the 49ers' offseason program, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Analysis: Per David Lombardi of The Athletic, it remains to be seen if Samuel reports for the team's voluntary offseason program, which opens Tuesday, but in any case, the the 2019 second-rounder -- who is in the final year of his rookie deal -- appears destined for a big second NFL contract, in the wake of several fellow wideouts receiving hefty payouts this offseason. Samuel is coming off a fantasy-friendly 2021 campaign in which he racked up 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six TDs in 16 games, while adding 59 carries for 365 yards and eight rushing scores.

Apr 18, 2022 9:52 AM EST

Leaves it all on field

Samuel rushed seven times for 26 yards and caught four of seven targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Samuel was the clubhouse leader with 98 total yards and a touchdown, but it was all for naught as the Rams advanced to the Super Bowl in comeback fashion. The multi-position superstar suffered a brief scare when Jimmy Garoppolo overthrew his target and left his receiver exposed for a huge hit to the chest/shoulder area. Samuel was able to finish the game in his bruising style of play, so serious injury appears to have been averted. The 26-year-old is about to enter the final year of an undervalued $7.5 million contract, so we can expect a big payday for the breakout star either this offseason or next. If Trey Lance has the keys to the offense handed to him in 2022, Deebo could elevate to an even higher level of production if the young quarterback prospect pans out.

Jan 30, 2022 7:42 PM EST

Not on injury report

Samuel (knee) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report ahead of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against Los Angeles, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Samuel took a helmet to his right leg/knee toward the end of Sunday's 13-10 win over the Packers, but he's apparently healthy enough for a full practice just three days later, locking him in for his usual role this Sunday against the Rams. He certainly got the best of L.A. in the regular season, with 192 receiving yards (on 11 targets), 81 rushing yards and three total touchdowns to help the Niners to a pair of crucial wins in the hotly contested NFC West.

Jan 26, 2022 11:54 AM EST

Likely to practice Wednesday

Samuel (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan noted after Saturday's divisional-round win at Green Bay that Samuel suffered an ankle injury late in the contest. However, Shanahan clarified Monday that Samuel took a helmet to his right knee or leg. Samuel was his usual versatile self in tough weather conditions this past weekend, taking 10 carries for 39 yards and reeling in three of four passes for 44 yards. His first chance to mix into drills this week arrives Wednesday, after which the 49ers will relay his activity level, if any.

Jan 24, 2022 3:42 PM EST

Suffers flat tire in playoff win

Samuel will need to undergo further tests after suffering an ankle injury in the closing moments of Saturday's playoff win over the Packers, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.

Analysis: Samuel amassed 44 yards on three receptions (four targets) and 39 rushing yards on 10 attempts in the 13-10 win over Green Bay. Samuel suffered the apparent ankle injury on his last rush attempt to get kicker Robbie Gould a few yards closer to nailing the game-winning field goal. Head coach Kyle Shanahan was optimistic after the game, citing Deebo's ability to celebrate and jump around with his teammates in elation after the upset victory. We will wait for the official medical report leading up to next week's practices to find out Samuel's availability for the NFC Championship Game against the winner of Sunday's Rams and Buccaneers matchup.

Jan 22, 2022 8:57 PM EST

Tops 100 scrimmage yards Sunday

Samuel carried the ball 10 times for 72 yards and a touchdown and caught all three of his targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the wild-card round.

Analysis: It was another big performance for the hybrid wideout/running back, who picked up where he left off at the end of the regular season. Samuel scored the Niners' final points of the game, gliding into the end zone on a 26-yard run in the third quarter, and while he didn't see much use as a receiver that's due more to the thumb injury Jimmy Garoppolo continues to play through than his own skill set. Samuel should be a focal point of the offense again next weekend in the divisional round against the Packers.

Jan 16, 2022 7:19 PM EST

Adds QB to versatility

Samuel caught four of six targets for 95 yards, rushed eight times for 45 yards and a touchdown and completed his lone pass attempt for a 24-yard touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Samuel drew tough coverage from Jalen Ramsey whenever he lined up on the outside, but offensive guru Kyle Shanahan got creative with his star wideout, resulting in a unique fantasy line. The 25-year-old finishes the regular season with 79 receptions for 1,405 receiving yards and six touchdowns while adding a rushing line of 59-365-8 to go with Sunday's 24-yard touchdown pass. Samuel not only bounced back from an injury-marred 2020 season, but he emerged as a true fantasy superstar as well. Expect the versatile player to remain heavily involved in more ways than one heading into the Wild Card round.

Jan 9, 2022 5:42 PM EST

Sees 10 touches in dual role

Samuel had three receptions on six targets for 63 yards and a touchdown Sunday, adding 19 more yards on seven carries in a 23-7 win over Houston.

Analysis: Samuel was used almost exclusively as a running back in the first half, but Houston's defense was prepared every time he lined up in the backfield. The dual-threat playmaker was able to finally break free for a 45-yard touchdown on a missile from Trey Lance in the fourth quarter. The rookie quarterback missed on another potential long score when he didn't see that Samuel beat his defender down the field, so we got to see the highs and lows of having a raw talent like Lance under center. Jimmy Garoppolo's (thumb) status for next week's tilt against the Rams is currently unknown, but the star wideout has proven that he can produce with either signal caller this season. Potentially matching up against shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey may not be as big of a problem for Samuel as it would be for other teams' top wideouts, as he can line up all over the field and is routinely put in motion in Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme.

Jan 2, 2022 4:51 PM EST

Spectacular showing in loss

Samuel secured nine of 11 targets for 159 yards and rushed five times for 32 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night. He also committed two fumbles, losing one and recovering the other.

Analysis: Samuel comfortably paced the 49ers' pass catchers in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night, and he also made his customary contributions in the ground attack. The third-year wideout contributed the biggest play of the night for San Francisco as well, recording a 56-yard grab with 3:42 remaining that took the ball down to the Titans' six-yard line to set up Brandon Aiyuk's game-tying touchdown grab. Samuel's yardage total was his highest since Week 8, and he extended his streak of at least five rush attempts to six games. Samuel's next opportunity to build on his spectacular numbers comes in a Week 17 home matchup versus the Texans.

Dec 23, 2021 8:39 PM EST

Totals 89 yards plus score

Samuel caught four of five targets for 60 yards and added 29 yards and a touchdown on six carries in Sunday's 31-13 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Samuel re-emerged as a receiving threat after failing to surpass one reception in any game since Week 10. Luckily for his fantasy mangers, the dual-threat receiver remained an elite fantasy asset during that span with his increased role in the rushing attack (33-247-6 rushing over last five games). The 49ers may opt to use Samuel in more of a receiving role against Tennessee this Thursday, as the Titans allow the 31st-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts while being the most-stingy against opposing rushing attacks this season.

Dec 19, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Finds end zone in OT win

Samuel carried the ball eight times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 22 yards in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Making his return from a one-game absence due to a groin injury, Samuel saw most of his work out of the backfield with Elijah Mitchell (concussion) unavailable. That's been the story for the third-year wideout in recent weeks -- Samuel hasn't seen more than five targets in any of his last four games or caught more than one pass in any of his last three, but he's more than made up for it with 218 rushing yards and five rushing TDs over those four games. Samuel's role in Week 15 against the Falcons will depend on Mitchell's health, but he figures to be a big part of the game plan no matter how he's deployed.

Dec 12, 2021 7:39 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Samuel (groin) is listed as active Sunday in Cincinnati.

Analysis: Since Samuel suffered a strained groin near the end of a Week 12 win against the Vikings, he missed one game and managed to log just one practice. Coach Kyle Shanahan told Matt Barrows of The Athletic that Samuel handled everything thrown at him Friday, but the session was half speed, and he went down as a limited participant. After Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this weekend Samuel was slated to return Sunday, he'll do just that. With top running back Elijah Mitchell (concussion/knee) sidelined, it's a decent bet Samuel will be involved out of the backfield as well as his customary role at wide receiver, which amounted to 26 touches for 305 yards from scrimmage and five TDs in three appearances before last Sunday's DNP in Seattle.

Dec 12, 2021 11:59 AM EST

In line to return

Samuel (groin) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Samuel missed the 49ers' Week 13 matchup against Seattle, though he'll have the chance to limit his absence to one game. He logged a limited practice on Friday officially, though coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Samuel did everything in the session. It's unclear if Samuel will return to his full workload as both a receiver and rusher if he is active, though the absence of Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) should help that cause. Finally, be sure to check Samuel's official status prior to kickoff at 4:25 P.M. ET.

Dec 11, 2021 9:55 PM EST

Deemed questionable

Samuel (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan said Samuel did everything at Friday's practice, but given that it was a half-speed session the wideout may nonetheless be listed as a limited participant. A game-time decision is one of the possibilities ahead of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff, though it's also possible additional updates provide clarity before then. With RB Elijah Mitchell (knee/concussion) already ruled out, Samuel should get both carries and targets if he's able to play.

Dec 10, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Rejoins practice

Samuel (groin) is on the field for Friday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: While the extent of his participation remains to be seen, a return to practice Friday represents progress for Samuel after an absence from last week's loss to Seattle and missed practices this Wednesday and Thursday. Initial reports suggested he'd miss one or two games, so it won't be too surprising if he makes it back for Sunday's matchup with the Bengals.

Dec 10, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Remains out of practice

Samuel (groin) didn't practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: After relaying Samuel wouldn't practice Wednesday, coach Kyle Shanahan stated his hope that the wide receiver would get back into drills Thursday. Samuel seemed to be poised to do so when he was seen in uniform with his helmet on a side field during the media-access portion of the session, per Nick Wagoner of Instead, Samuel logged another absence. Friday's practice report will be key to helping his case to miss just one game as a result of a groin strain.

Dec 9, 2021 4:41 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Samuel (groin) won't practice Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Samuel didn't practice last week and missed Sunday's loss in Seattle, with coach Kyle Shanahan then saying Monday that the 25-year-old is day-to-day. Reports last week suggested Samuel likely would only miss a game or two, and Shanahan said Wednesday that he's hopeful for a return to practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Dec 8, 2021 11:29 AM EST

Considered 'day-to-day'

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Samuel is "day-to-day," and he hopes the wide receiver will be able to suit up for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Samuel has missed one game due to the groin strain he picked up Week 12 against the Vikings. His next appearance on the practice field will be his first since he suffered the injury, and it's unclear if that'll happen Wednesday, as Shanahan told Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site that it's "still to early to tell" regarding Samuel's status for Week 14. As a result, Samuel's listing on 49ers injury reports will be something to monitor as the week goes on. Without Samuel in the lineup this past Sunday at Seattle, Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Sherfield led San Francisco in playing time at wide receiver, while Jauan Jennings and Travis Benjamin mixed in behind the pair.

Dec 6, 2021 4:29 PM EST

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