Ever since he was selected 36th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has been a revelation for the San Francisco offense.
The rookie is averaging over four catches a game this season and arguably has been the most reliable and consistent threat for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as tight end George Kittle continues to battle through injuries.
His production has been a welcome addition to San Francisco’s offense, and Samuel’s skill set makes him an ideal match for coach Kyle Shanahan.
“Deebo Samuel is the perfect kind of fit for the Kyle Shanahan offense,” NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms said. “He run blocks, he’s physical, he’s fearless over the middle, catching the football.”
The South Carolina product utilizes a compact body composition to provide a brand of toughness not typically seen in a rookie wide receiver, especially one who can play all over the formation.
Samuel also becomes even more of a threat after he catches the football, as the 23-year-old is tied for sixth among all NFL pass-catchers in yards after the catch per reception (7.2).
“He’s really a wide receiver in a running back’s body,” Simms continued. “He can really stick his foot in the ground, run good routes, he can scare you deep with speed, he’s got it all.
“And Kyle Shanahan has the type of offensive playbook that can really utilize all his talents.”
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With the Week 12 status of both Kittle and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders remaining up in the air due to injury, Samuel could once again be relied on to be a difference-maker against a talented Packers secondary.
The Raiders have surprised most of the football world with their 6-4 start, and a huge part of their success is due to their terrific rookie class. NBC Sports football analyst Chris Simms certainly agrees.
"You gotta give Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden a lot of credit for what they did in this past draft," Simms told NBC Sports California on Thursday.
"They've got guys that are contributing right now that are main staples of their football team let alone are going to contribute for a number of years down the line."
Simms talked about how special rookie running back Josh Jacobs is and how this is only the beginning for the young star.
This season, Jacobs has posted 1,067 total yards from scrimmage with seven touchdowns so far and as Simms mentioned, we haven't seen anything yet. Just wait until he's used in the passing game more.
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Maxx Crosby was mentioned as well. The Raiders defensive end earned recent AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording four sacks and a forced fumble against the Bengals on Sunday.
The team's next matchup will be an east coast-er against the New York Jets in what should be another winnable one for coach Jon Gruden's club. Simms details what to expect out of that clash in the video above.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said it best Monday when asked about 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa: "He's a freak."
NBC Sports football analyst Chris Simms has a different word for Bosa, but he's just as impressed with the No. 2 pick from the 2019 NFL Draft.
"Nick Bosa is insane," Simms said on "Chris Simms Unbuttoned." "I just can't get over how much better week by week -- it's just more explosive, disruptive."
The stats stand out to Simms after Bosa's dominant three-sack performance Sunday where he also intercepted Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen in the 49ers' 51-13 win, but it's the little things that really make him pause.
"Not only is it his first step and the fact the he can bend around the corner and get his shoulder like a foot-and-a-half off the ground, but his little abilities to go side-to-side movement where he can get the tackle kind of off balance, not knowing which way he's gonna go there.
"He's got great feel. He knows when to get his hands up ... he's a superstar. He's a superstar and I didn't think I was gonna say this, but I think he's made for the NFL more than his brother [Joey], especially in the pass-rushing aspect."
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Nick and Joey Bosa, who is a defensive end for the Chargers, became the first brothers to each have multiple sacks in the same week on Sunday since 1985. The 49ers' star rookie already has seven sacks in seven games and is well within reach of Jevon Kearse's NFL single-season rookie record of 14.
Bosa and the rest of the 49ers will look to remain undefeated on Thursday when they face Murray and the Cardinals in Arizona.