SF 49ers: Deebo Samuel has words for Aaron Donald after win vs. Rams
By Peter Panacy
LA Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald thew shade at SF 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel after Week 6, yet Samuel might have enjoyed the last laugh.
The SF 49ers weren’t supposed to pull off a prime-time win over the visiting LA Rams on Sunday Night Football, and the Niners certainly weren’t going to negate perennial All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald for four quarters either.
But both happened, as San Francisco improved to 3-3 after pulling off the surprising 24-16 upset at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday night.
Donald was notably unhappy with the loss, particularly after recording just one tackle, one quarterback hit and registering zero sacks — a far cry from what was to be expected against one of the poorer pass-blocking offensive lines through the first five weeks of the season.
Yet Donald’s postgame presser focused for a moment on something else, SF 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who managed six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s win.
One of the reporters asked how the Rams could prepare against a player of Samuel’s ilk.
Donald responded, “Who?” The reporter then clarified who Samuel was, and Donald’s response was, “Who’s that?”
Some shade, right?
Well, Samuel surely got his words in after finding out what Donald said, or didn’t say about him.
“Ion think you hear me yet 3-0 against rams,” Samuel posted up on his Instagram account (h/t Bleacher Report Gridiron).
Well, yeah. Samuel’s SF 49ers have beaten their Southern California rivals all three times since the former South Carolina Gamecock joined the fray via the 2019 NFL Draft.
And for what it’s worth, Samuel has 13 career receptions for 115 yards with two combined touchdowns against the LA Rams, too.
Plus, the Niners thwarted what had been a hot start for Los Angeles this season, now putting the Rams just one game ahead of the 49ers in the NFC West. And that division win could go a long way in determining divisional pecking order and playoff seeding.
Donald, perhaps uncharacteristically, had himself a bad game Sunday night. Samuel didn’t. He was excellent.
And he gets the last laugh, too.