49ers’ Deebo Samuel activated from non-football injury list
The San Francisco 49ers are already getting healthier. According to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area on Twitter, San Francisco has activated wide receiver Deebo Samuel off the non-football injury list.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 5, 2020
This is major news because it makes him eligible to play as early as week one, which is mere days away at this point.
The 49ers selected Samuel in the second round (36th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. And in his rookie season, he immediately made an impact.
Deebo Samuel finished with 57 receptions for 802 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games. Meanwhile, he added another 159 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground thanks to 14 carries.
Simply put, Deebo Samuel was a massive all-around threat and made San Francisco much better in the passing (and rushing) game offensively.
Starting the season without his services definitely would hurt the offense.
While Deebo Samuel might not play (or at the very least is severely limited) in Week 1, there is now a chance he plays.
San Francisco has an NFC West divisional matchup in Week 1 with the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona is looking like a very legitimate threat this year. The fact that Deebo Samuel may be available is absolutely fantastic news for the 49ers.
Even without Deebo Samuel, the 49ers should have a pretty exciting offense. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be looking to build off the best year of his career.
Meanwhile, the running backs should be as dangerous as ever with Raheem Mostert coming off a superb 2019 and Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon there to back him up. The passing game is anchored by tight end George Kittle. The wide receiver group has some exciting faces, especially rookie Brandon Aiyuk.
Even with all that though, Deebo Samuel stands out. He is vitally important to this San Francisco offense. So the news of his activation is pretty massive for the 49ers to start the season.