Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #1
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #1
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Spectacular 57-yard TD in MNF win

Samuel caught six of seven targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams. He added two yards on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Samuel broke multiple tackles and eluded seemingly every member of Los Angeles' defense on his 57-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, most notably making Jalen Ramsey miss 1-on-1 before sauntering into the end zone. Deebo continued to show off his skills after the catch throughout the night, rumbling for 29 more yards on a screen pass to convert a 3rd-and-9 in the fourth quarter. Samuel's receiving yardage total has climbed with each passing game heading into a Week 5 trip to Carolina.

Oct 3, 2022 8:19 PM EST


Gets 10 touches for 79 yards

Samuel caught five of eight targets for 73 yards and rushed five times for six yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.

Analysis: Samuel suffered an injury scare in the second quarter, staying down on the field for an extended period before being examined in the medical tent and eventually returning to the field, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The versatile superstar didn't show any physical limitations for the remainder of the contest, so his fantasy managers can exhale heading into a tough matchup against the Rams next Monday. Samuel may draw shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey in that contest, but his versatility to line up at multiple positions should keep his touches high in a key divisional matchup.

Sep 25, 2022 9:29 PM EST



Productive again in hybrid role

Samuel caught five of six targets for 44 yards and carried the ball four times for 53 yards in Sunday's 27-7 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Most of his production on the ground came on a 51-yard scamper on the 49ers' second possession that helped set up a field goal, and Samuel likely would have posted even bigger numbers had the game been more competitive in the second half. The team's offense has reverted to its 2021 look with Elijah Mitchell (knee) on IR and Trey Lance (ankle) now out as well, leaving Jimmy Garoppolo under center, but given his usage last year that only bodes well for Samuel's touch volume and production heading into a Week 3 clash with the Broncos.

Sep 18, 2022 5:55 PM EST


Shows off rushing prowess

Samuel rushed eight times for 52 yards and a touchdown (one lost fumble) while catching just two of eight targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: There were rough weather conditions at Soldier Field for both team's passing attacks, but Samuel's dual-positionality allowed him to still provide his fantasy managers with a strong line. Trey Lance struggled to get on the same page with his strongest offensive weapon left standing following the early losses of George Kittle (groin) and Elijah Mitchell (knee). Deebo could continue to get heavy run at both of his positions if Mitchell's knee injury is confirmed to be a long-term one. Standing sturdy with a 6-foot, 215-pound frame, the fantasy superstar has the build to handle such a workload. Despite the team's underwhelming 2022 debut, Samuel's fantasy managers have to feel good heading into a home matchup against the Seahawks next Sunday.

Sep 11, 2022 9:02 PM EST


Not on injury report

Samuel (knee) wasn't listed on the 49ers' injury report Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: After the preseason concluded, it was revealed that Samuel was tending to a bruise behind his knee. He proceeded to miss a week of drills, but he returned to the field Monday and didn't have any limitations at the first official session of Week 1 prep, fulfilling the lack of worry about the injury. With his health confirmed, Samuel will gear up for Sunday's visit to Chicago, where he'll be working with new starting quarterback Trey Lance.

Sep 7, 2022 4:42 PM EST



Back at practice Monday

Samuel (knee) returned to practice Monday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Samuel has missed roughly the last week of practice as he tends to a bruise behind his knee. The 49ers don't need to reveal his activity level until Wednesday this week, but he looked crisp running in individual drills Monday.

Sep 5, 2022 11:49 AM EST


No practice Thursday

Samuel (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Samuel has missed all on-field drills since Sunday, when it was revealed he was tending to a bruise behind his knee. The DNPs were expected, but the fourth-year wide receiver was spotted working on his conditioning Thursday. There's hope Samuel will be ready for a Week 1 matchup with the Bears on Sunday, Sept. 11, but he may need to log at least one limited practice next Wednesday through Friday to put himself in a position to play in the opener. If he's available, he'll be on the receiving end of passes from 2021 first-rounder Trey Lance, who has taken over starting quarterback duties from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Sep 1, 2022 11:54 AM EST


Dealing with knee issue

Samuel is missing Sunday's practice due to a bruise behind his knee, and while he likely won't practice this week, he should be ready for the 49ers' season opener Sunday, Sept. 11 at Chicago, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Samuel made one appearance during exhibition season Thursday at Tennessee, but he was unable to hook up with new starting quarterback Trey Lance on his only target while playing 10 offensive snaps. Now, Samuel is tending to a knee issue. On a positive note, his status for Week 1 doesn't seem to be in question, but his practice reps may be limited in the lead-up to that contest.

Aug 28, 2022 12:54 PM EST


Starts preseason finale

Samuel didn't catch his only target in Thursday's 17-0 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: It was a sluggish night for the San Francisco offense top to bottom, and the three drives with starting quarterback Trey Lance under center were no exception. Samuel started alongside Lance, but they failed to connect on a deep pass on the opening possession. Lance is unproven, but Samuel's unparalleled ability to gain yardage after the catch should allow him to thrive regardless of whether Lance ultimately proves to be an upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo.

Aug 25, 2022 8:35 PM EST


On track to play Thursday

Samuel is slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The same applies to QB Trey Lance, TE George Kittle and WR Brandon Aiyuk, with David Lombardi of The Athletic having previously noted that the 49ers plan to give key healthy starters some playing time Thursday. Look for their reps to be capped, however.

Aug 25, 2022 4:25 PM EST


Not playing Saturday

Samuel isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against Minnesota, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Samuel is part of a rest group that also includes QB Trey Lance, TE George Kittle and WR Brandon Aiyuk. All are locked in for starring roles and large snap counts come Week 1.

Aug 20, 2022 3:12 PM EST


Not likely to play Friday

Samuel isn't on pace to play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same goes for fellow wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, tight end George Kittle and running back Elijah Mitchell, meaning second-year quarterback Trey Lance will be operating without most of the 49ers' top skill-position talent. Without Samuel and Aiyuk in the lineup, the team's available wide receivers are Jauan Jennings, Danny Gray and Ray-Ray McCloud, among others.

Aug 12, 2022 5:01 PM EST


Will ramp up workload

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that the 49ers will ease Samuel back up to a full workload at practice, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Samuel, who Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports has already signed his three-year, $71.55 million contract extension with the 49ers, won't handle 100 percent of practice reps Monday. Of course, all indications that Samuel will only have his activities ramped up due to an abundance of caution, rather than due to any injury concerns. The star wideout will be able to spend training camp establishing a rapport with Trey Lance, who Shanahan recently officially anointed the starting quarterback for 2022.

Aug 1, 2022 9:27 AM EST


Inks massive extension

Samuel and the 49ers agreed to a three-year, $73.5 million contract extension Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Samuel reportedly requested a trade in April, but the star receiver and the team continued to work on an extension over the last several months. The 26-year-old had limited work during practices earlier in the offseason to preserve his health in the event of a trade, but he should ramp up his workload now that he's landed a long-term deal. Samuel saw work as a receiver and as a running back in 2021, securing 77 of 121 targets for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns while rushing 59 times for 365 yards and eight touchdowns. He'll likely be catching passes from Trey Lance in 2022 since the 49ers are attempting to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jul 31, 2022 4:44 PM EST


Limited to conditioning work

Samuel is doing conditioning work on the side rather than participating in Wednesday's practice, with his agents still working toward a new contract with the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The two sides seem to have reached an agreement that prevents Samuel from being fined without subjecting him to significant injury risk. He reportedly asked for a trade earlier this offseason, but it now seems he's preparing to sign a long-term deal in San Francisco, where he'd be Trey Lance's No. 1 receiver for the foreseeable future.

Jul 27, 2022 10:19 AM EST


Reports to camp, could sign soon?

Samuel reported to training camp Tuesday, with 49ers GM John Lynch saying the team is "focused on getting something done," Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: This doesn't necessarily mean Samuel will be a full participant, as he may avoid more strenuous activities that involve more injury risk if he doesn't have a long-term contract in hand. Both parties seem more optimistic than reports earlier this offseason suggested, after Samuel reportedly asked to be traded in April. His contract is part of the issue, but Samuel may also be hesitant to take a lot of snaps at running back, knowing it can hurt his longevity and future contract value. The Niners put him in the backfield far more starting midway through last season, and continued the trend later on even when Elijah Mitchell was healthy. Samuel put up huge numbers throughout, averaging 110.3 receiving yards over this first eight games before scoring nine TDs (seven rushing) over his final eight. He's probably right that it's in his best interest to play wide receiver full-time if he can dominate through the air the way he did for most of last season, but he'd still be a clear favorite to lead NFL WRs in carries if that happens. Samuel will now catch passes from Trey Lance, with coach Kyle Shanahan confirming Tuesday that the team has moved on from Jimmy Garoppolo and won't have him participating in practice.

Jul 26, 2022 11:43 AM EST


Present but not practicing

Samuel is present for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, but he isn't in uniform, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Samuel reportedly requested a trade out of San Francisco in April, but the 49ers have reminded adamant that the electric wideout will be with the team to start the 2022 campaign. The 2019 second-round pick's presence at minicamp is certainly a step in the right direction, but his lack of participation may be a sign he still isn't completely satisfied with his current situation.

Jun 7, 2022 11:03 AM EST


Reporting for mandatory minicamp

Samuel will report for the start of 49ers' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Samuel's patriation in mandatory minicamp has been the expectation since late May. Nonetheless, it's good to get confirmation that the electric wideout isn't staging a holdout, considering that he reportedly requested a trade out of San Francisco back in April. General manager John Lynch recently said he'd "be a fool" to trade Samuel, and he insisted that the 26-year-old "will be part of the 49ers this season," per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, so it looks like the team still intends to do everything possible to work out an agreeable long-term deal.

Jun 7, 2022 6:14 AM EST


Expected at mandatory minicamp

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that he expects Samuel to be at the team's mandatory minicamp in June, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: The disgruntled wideout has reportedly requested a trade from the 49ers after exploding for 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns last year. Unsurprisingly, Samuel is currently not participating in voluntary OTAs, but it appears the team still hopes to work out a long-term deal.

May 24, 2022 2:22 PM EST


Skipping OTAs

Samuel is not present Monday for the start of San Francisco's OTAs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Samuel reportedly requested a trade from the 49ers back in April, but it appears that the team still hopes to work out a long-term deal that would keep the versatile wideout around for the future. Given that Samuel's contract situation still remains unresolved, it's unsurprising to see him hold out from voluntary team activities. The 26-year-old is entering the final season of his rookie contract, and wherever he ends up signing his next deal, Samuel is no doubt destined for a lucrative payday.

May 23, 2022 9:13 AM EST


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