49ers WR Deebo Samuel open to 'wide back' role

Deebo Samuel said his “wide back” role was not a factor in offseason discontent.

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Samuel said at his presser that he's willing to do whatever it takes, and that his use as a running back wasn't an issue. If that's the case, Samuel could see continued use a running back in the team's offense this season. As we pointed out, Samuel started to see a bigger rushing role in Week 10. From Week 1 to Week 9, he averaged 6.1 catches for 110 yards and 0.50 touchdowns (for 17.6 half-PPR PPG) on 10.0 targets per game. Starting in Week 10, he averaged 3.5 catches for 65 yards and 0.25 touchdowns on 5.0 targets per game. However, he averaged 19.9 half-PPR PPG behind 43 yards rushing and 0.88 rushing touchdowns per game. He averaged 6.6 rushes per game in that span compared to just 0.8 rushes per game from Week 1 to Week 9. He finished as the overall WR3, and would once again be ranked inside the top five if we knew for certain that he was going to see a similar rushing role in 2022, though HC Kyle Shanahan did indicate in February that that would be the case.

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