‘One of the Smarter Receivers I’ve Been Around’: 49ers HC Heaps Praise on Deebo Samuel

Published 01/11/2022, 11:21 PM EST


NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel has been the X-factor leading them offensively as a multi-faceted threat. The 49ers have been relying on his talents to get them out of a hole time and again. The former South Carolina player was crucial during their game against the Los Angeles Rams, providing the comeback moment in a close game.

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Due to his amazing talents, the 49ers did walk out winners after OT. Coach Kyle Shanahan did shower his praise for his WR star for his calm and immovable composure in any situation.

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He states, “Deebo is one of the most aware people I’ve been around and one of the smarter receivers I’ve been around. It’s extremely natural to him.” Shanahan speaks highly of his hard work both on-field and behind the scenes. He really appreciates Samuel’s cold-blooded composure at key moments. It was following his 2019 Senior Bowl appearance that Samuel and Shanahan decide to team up with the 49ers.

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In only his third NFL campaign, Samuel has left all his doubters and their many concerns over his injury record in the dust. He did come back in the 2021 preseason, a different man with a physique very few WRs can match. The 49ers’ wideout is second only to teammate Elijah Mitchell in rushing yards (365). He leads the team with 14 total touchdowns and also has 77 catches for 121 targets.

Nov 15, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) scores a touchdown in front of Los Angeles Rams safety Jordan Fuller (4) in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

During his standout performance against the Los Angeles Rams, he became only the second player to have a passing and receiving TD as a WR in the same game. Former Patriot David Patten was the last wideout player to achieve that feat. Shanahan also points out how Samuel’s physicality is different from all others in the NFL.

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He comments, “You see, a lot of guys play pretty physically in this league. But guys have to really go to a certain place to get to that level and Deebo doesn’t. That’s just naturally who he is.” The statement perfectly encapsulates the ease Deebo Samuel shows on the field. A player whose progress was slightly hampered by injuries, Deebo is more than ready to peek-a-boo teams in the postseason.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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