49ers’ Deebo Samuel catches first career TD pass
— NFL (@NFL) September 15, 2019
The 23-year-old Samuel was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the 49ers, seeking to assist franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with another option on offense to throw to the South Carolina product.
The shoestring, goal line grab by Samuel proved to be a career first for the 5-foot-11 wide receiver—a feat he will certainly never forget.
Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Samuel was relatively unremarkable in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Samuel tallied just three receptions for 17 yards, and obviously not finding the end zone until today.
Nevertheless, a rusty Garoppolo—returning from an ACL tear suffered early in the 2018 regular season—got the job done, defeating the Bucs and now easily pulling away from the Bengals in southern Ohio. A field goal after Samuel’s score brought San Francisco’s lead to 34-10 over the Bengals with an entire fourth quarter left to play.
Samuel spent four collegiate seasons with the South Carolina Gamecocks, recording an incredible 62 receptions for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games. The 49ers lasered in on Samuel’s talents on draft night last April, eventually taking him with the 36th overall pick, an early second-rounder.
With Garoppolo, the former New England Patriots backup quarterback, throwing to Samuel, Niners fans can hope for a fruitful connection for years to come.