Deebo Samuel showed why he is 49ers answer in Week 8 vs. Bears

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports /

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel showed why he is the answer in Week 8 by carrying the team’s offense on his back and finishing with 171 receiving yards.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is tearing it up. That’s it. That’s the main point of this article.

“Tearing it up” is a term often used with much exaggeration and even some hyperbole. But this season, there is no other way to describe what Samuel is doing. He is simply tearing it up.

Just last week, Niner Noise highlighted him for his season accolades. His stellar play was already noteworthy, but after he put up 171 receiving yards on the Chicago Bears in Week 8, it is time to give praise to Samuel again and then some.

After all, through eight weeks of football, the Niners have largely put up poor offensive performances. For the Faithful, Samuel has nevertheless been the standout star and the sole bright spot on an otherwise very underwhelming offensive output.

Nothing was more impressive in the Week 8 matchup against the Bears than his 83-yard near-touchdown reception, one which was ultimately ruled down and out of bounds just shy of the goal line after further review. Mind you, this was a wide receiver screen that was called on a 3rd-and-20.

Yet Samuel, with his combination of speed, footwork, and bulldozing power, blazed past defenders for 83 yards:

Deebo Samuel is proving to be the 49ers’ key spark in 2021

On top of that bonkers play, Samuel also set his highest in-game average of yards per reception since becoming a pro with 28.5 yards per catch. Through eight weeks, Samuel has also surpassed all of last year’s yards-after-catch totals (398) and has almost surpassed his 2019 totals (473) with a current tally of 416.

Thankfully, Samuel is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Instead, Samuel seems to be elevating his play with each coming week and is currently second in receiving with 819 yards behind only Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who just so happens to have one extra game played because of San Francisco’s Week 6 bye. Samuel’s dominant play is certainly welcome and will become an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses to defend when he is paired up with All-Pro tight end George Kittle, who has been out the last three games due to injury but is slated to return soon.

The combination of Samuel and Kittle, with their brutal, physically dominating playing styles, will be fun to watch and maybe exactly what the 49ers need to make a serious push for the playoffs.

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