San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel came into the year with plenty of high expectations to have the first breakout campaign of his career. And to the delight of the 49ers coaching staff, he has been doing just that.
Samuel entered the 49ers’ Week 8 road contest against the Chicago Bears with 648 receiving yards on the season, which ranked fourth in the NFL.
The third-year wide receiver has already been a potent contributor in the 49ers’ offensive attack against Chicago thanks to his fourth game this season with 100-plus receiving yards. And more so, Samuel has also gone on to break one impressive record.
As noted by NFL Research on Twitter, Samuel now owns the record for the most receiving yards recorded over the opening seven games of a season in 49ers franchise history; he has so far totaled for 819 receiving yards this year. Longtime 49ers wide receiver and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice previously held this record, as he notched 781 receiving yards over the first seven games of his historic 1986 campaign.
Deebo Samuel's 819 receiving yards & counting are the most in 49ers history in the first 7 games of a season, breaking HOF Jerry Rice's record of 781 set in 1986#49ers
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 31, 2021
Rice finished with an astounding 1,570 receiving yards to go along with 15 receiving touchdowns in 1986—both of which led the league that season.
Samuel is not only well on pace to post the first 1,000-plus receiving yards campaign of his career, but he is also on track to finish the year in the top five in this stat.
Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance sure must be pleased with Samuel’s growing improvements by the week.