With weight training facilities no longer closed off to players due to COVID-19 restrictions, Deebo Samuel has put in work during this offseason. The third-year wideout has added yoga to his training program to increase his flexibility, hopefully to eliminate any hamstring and lower body issues.
Coach Kyle Shanahan has noticed the difference in Samuel.
“I've been very happy with Deebo,” Shanahan said on Monday. “He came into camp in as good a shape as I've seen him. You know, he left OTAs not quite there yet, but trending there. And so I was really curious of how he was going to be these 40 days away. And just being in shape and stuff, it's the best I've seen him.”
The story said through a week of training camp practices, Samuel has been seen as a ball carrier in jet sweep plays but also a further away from the line of scrimmage. The wideout’s bread and butter has been making the most out of every play, primarily in yards after catch. Samuel nearly totaled 1,000 his rookie season in 2019 but was hit with injuries last year: a Jones fracture in his foot during the offseason kept him off the field until Week 4, then a hamstring injury in Week 7 before aggravating the hamstring injury which ended his season after one snap in in Week 14.