San Francisco 49ers second-round pick Deebo Samuel is not lacking in confidence. The former South Carolina Gamecock spoke to The State over the weekend about what Samuel’s goal would be for his rookie year:
.@19problemz was asked at his Youth Football Camp what his expectations for himself were for year one were and if they were reasonable:— Alex Tran (@NinerAlex) July 13, 2019
"Rookie of the Year. Why would it not be? That's just my mindset and that's how I go about my business out there on the field."
Samuel would be the first wide receiver to win the award since Odell Beckham Jr. did back in 2014. With a weaker offensive draft class and Samuel being drafted into a situation where he has a position to produce, he will be one of the favorites to win. Samuel will have to do something to stand out.
That wouldn’t be much different from his four years at South Carolina. Samuel was a playmaker. I can’t wait to see his role. How fast will he get acclimated into the offense? How long until he separates himself from the rookies and vaults himself into the “you have to get this guy touches,” like George Kittle and Dante Pettis? Samuel—like a good amount of 49ers on the roster—has such a high variance of outcomes for this season. Samuel always had a chance to shine in the right opportunity. We’ll see if Kyle Shanahan gives him one.
Onto some links:
7 Greatest San Francisco 49ers players of the 21st century (Adam Patrick, Spin Zone)
Jimmy Garoppolo Is Ready to Return to Action (Kevin Clark, The Ringer)
49ers training camp roster preview: Offensive line (Madson, Niners Wire)
49ers’ top 3 concerns heading into 2019 training camp (Peter Panacy, Niners Noise)
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