Winner: Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel
Raheem Mostert might have been the 49ers’ best offensive player of the day. But a close second is wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel made his impact felt right away on the Niners’ opening possession in Week 13, hauling in a fourth-down pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in coverage, finding his way into the end zone for a beautiful 33-yard touchdown:
The pass into coverage was questionable, perhaps. Samuel’s strength and catchability, however, were not. That’s the kind of element Kyle Shanahan’s offense has been lacking since he took over coaching duties in 2017.
Samuel went on to finish the game with two catches for 41 yards, the other showcasing just as much strength and physicality.
More importantly, though, Samuel is emerging as the tough, physical presence the 49ers have lacked at the position since the days of now-retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin.