49ers Stat No. 4: Deebo Samuel is carrying the passing game
While wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk popped his head out a bit from Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse, finally recording a catch this season for 6 yards, it was fellow wideout Deebo Samuel who made the most out of the opportunities through the air.
In Week 1, Samuel had an outstanding 189 receiving yards with a touchdown.
Week 2 wasn’t anything close to what Samuel did against the Lions, as he had six catches for just 93 yards in this game. But that led all San Francisco pass-catchers by a long shot. The next closest player in the receiving game was running back JaMycal Hasty with 21 yards on four receptions.
To date, Samuel now has 282 receiving yards. And as 49ers Webzone’s Al Sacco pointed out, the third-year pro is effectively the key guy in the Niners’ passing attack:
At some point, San Francisco will need to get production from its array of wide receivers, although Jauan Jennings’ touchdown surely helps.
For now, though, it’s good Samuel is reemerging as a No. 1 target at the position, ensuring the 49ers started off 2021 with a 2-0 record.