Whenever your name is even mentioned in the same sentence as Jerry Rice, you know you're doing something right. When you break one of Rice's records, then you're really doing something right.
Deebo Samuel continued his dominant season Sunday in the 49ers' 33-22 win over the Chicago Bears and broke an impressive record of Rice's in doing so. The third-year pro now has 819 receiving yards through seven games this season, which breaks Rice's 49ers record of 781 yards in 1986.
Samuel finished the day with six receptions for 171 yards. His 83-yard catch in the third quarter set up Jimmy Garoppolo's first rushing touchdown in the win.
The former second-round pick now has four games with at least 100 receiving yards this season. That's a new career-high for a season. He also has set a new career-high for receiving yards.
In just seven games.
Samuel was limited to only seven games last season, and he had only 391 yards. As a rookie, he played 15 games and finished with 802 yards.
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When Rice set the record in 1986, he finished the year with 1,570 yards in 16 games. He led the league in receiving yards and receiving TDs (15). In his second year in the NFL, he averaged 98.1 receiving yards per game.
By comparison, Samuel has been even better and is averaging 117 yards per game.
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