The foundation is named after his mother and father, Tobias and Stella. Ebukam said the foundation is a way of giving back and helping, whether giving away school clothes, food, or soccer balls to play around with.
When asked about what his role would be with the 49ers, Samson said:
I’m going to be rolling. What I’ve been told is I’m expected to be on that field. I’m excited to hear that because that’s more of an opportunity for me to showcase what I could do. I’m probably going to play defensive end, or whatever position they want me to play. It don’t matter.
Ebukam was a situational pass rusher/role player with the Rams a year ago. He played all over the defensive line and occasionally walked out over the slot receiver. Ebukam could help San Francisco with his athleticism on special teams, where he played on all five units for Los Angeles last season.
Ebukam said the DeMeco Ryans and Nick Bosa played a “huge” part in his decision to join the 49ers. He referenced that this season will be different as Ebukam will learn the nuances of defensive end.
Ebukam’s former college teammate is Kendrick Bourne, who reached out and said, “damn, when I’m leaving, you coming.” Ebukam joked that Bourne was salty that the two couldn’t be teammates once more. Bourne told Ebukam that the Niners will be a good fit for him as it matches his personality and who he is as a person. The two have been friends since high school.
Samson said he’s looking forward to going against George Kittle in practice. If you recall, he beat Kittle for a sack a couple of years ago. “It’s going to be fun to see him out here. I know that every day is going to be different. He’s a high-energy guy, and I can’t wait.”
Ebukam mentioned how he wants to be a sack artist. He also is well aware of his strengths and weaknesses as a player. When asked what makes Ebukam a sack artist, he said:
Definitely not a technician. I’ve seen film and I’m just like I know I’m not a technician. Just the effort. Just being relentless. I’m always trying to find a way to get to that quarterback. I really enjoy getting to that quarterback and taking him down. It stops the whole momentum for everything that the offense is doing. That’s the No. 1 thing; the high motor.
I followed up with Ebukam as far as being a technician as defensive line coach Kris Kocurek is known for getting the most out of players, and Nick Bosa is as close to a coach on the sideline as it gets with his prowess as a technician:
Oh yeah. They’ll definitely help me with being technique sound. There’s a lot of stuff that I still have to learn. I’ve already started talking to Coach K. He just said I have to get that first step down. He already knows I’m fast. He said If I get that first step down you’re going to be sky-rocketing and shooting out of there. Shooting out of your stance and getting to the quarterback that much faster. Just to have those types of people around me, I’m just going to watch and learn and adapt.
Ebukam sounds like a guy who knows he has room to improve but is aware that his skillset makes him an ideal fit with the 49ers. I wonder if this will be a situation where Samson is learning on the fly, and we won’t see the best version of him until the second half of the season.