We have seen what could go wrong with recovering from a Jones fracture. Last year, San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver Trent Taylor suffered the injury, and required five surgeries to get things right.
Deebo Samuel is dealing with the same thing now after getting hurt during offseason workouts. The original timetable was 12 to 16 weeks for him to make a full recovery, but the team has been optimistic that Samuel would be ready by September.
Our hopes we kind of dampened when NBC’s Peter King wrote that Samuel will be out until October in his recent Football Morning in America column. King is one of the most plugged in media members out there, but Samuel contradicted him on social media:
Deebo Samuel responds to speculation regarding the Peter King report that he could be out until October. #49ers // #49wz pic.twitter.com/aDN7OE6RGE— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) July 20, 2020
The good news is that the 49ers have an easier schedule to start the season, so they shouldn’t rush Samuel back to the lineup. The 24-year-old is the clear cut No. 1 receiver on the Niners who’s expected to have a big year. Samuel had 57 catches for 802 yards and three scores in 2019 with head coach Kyle Shanahan using him in all sorts of different positions. He’s a YAC monster, who as NBC Bay Area’s Josh Schrock points out, led all NFL receivers with 25 missed tackles last season.
Samuel’s versatility makes him invaluable in the 49ers’ offense. If he isn’t ready to go in Week 1, San Francisco will need one of either rookie Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd, Trent Taylor and Kendrick Bourne to step up and establish themselves early in the season.
Which week do you think Samuel will be back in the lineup?
On to some links:
Which San Francisco player has the most potential to become an NFL stand out? The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec and Ben Standig gave their picks for every NFL team, and it honestly shocking which 49er they selected.
How ridiculously good was Jerry Rice? NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Kleinschmidt wrote about how hard it will be for any present of future NFL receiver to break some of Rice’s receiving records.
The Niners and Seattle Seahawks have one of the best rivalries in sports. Fansided’s Jaymie Cybulski breaks down which team has had the better offseason.
There are a ton of different opinions on what Jimmy Garoppolo has to do reach the next level as an NFL quarterback. 49ers Web Zone’s David Bonilla breaks down the Good Morning Football crew’s latest remarks about Jimmy G.
Not only is tight end George Kittle a beast on the field, but his personality is just as great off of it. His reaction to his recently released Madden ratings is hilarious. (Heavy.com)
Could Jed York and the 49ers ownership be looking to add an English Premier League team to their stable? There are reports that the York family is considering making an offer to buy Leeds United. (90min.com)