TheSan Francisco 49ersare one of the favorites to win this coming season s Super Bowl, and they look absolutely stacked on both sides of the football.
Many fans and analysts focus on their defense, which was the NFL s best in 2022 and could be even better this fall and winter thanks to the addition of defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.
But their offense isn t too shabby either, and a big reason why is wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel has a penchant for big yardage plays that result in touchdowns, and the NFL posted a video to its official Twitter account that reminded everyone of his unique talent.
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Samuel was the No. 36 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and the first signs that he could be special came in his rookie season when he posted 802 receiving yards and a total of six touchdowns from scrimmage.
The 49ers went all the way to the Super Bowl that year, only to blow a late lead and lose to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2021, Samuel put up 1,405 receiving yards and led everyone with 18.2 yards per reception, earning him Pro Bowl and All-Pro First-Team honors.
What makes Samuel even more special is his ability to line up in the backfield and masquerade as a running back, something head coach Kyle Shanahan has been having him do with more regularity the last two seasons.
For San Francisco to win it all, they will need Samuel to be more productive than he was in 2022, when he went down to 632 yards and two touchdowns in the air, but he certainly has the ability to go over 1,000 receiving yards again in 2023.