Lynch, Shanahan, Gore big fans of Deebo’s rushing ability originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Deebo Samuel is one of the most unique players in the NFL.
The 49ers wide receiver is so elite as a runner after contact, that he has shown to be almost as effective on the ground as he is through the air.
Carrying the ball eight times for 79 yards (a career-best) in the 49ers’ 30-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, Samuel’s presence on the ground has been felt more this season than his previous two seasons.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan joined KNBR’s “Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks” on Wednesday, where he discussed Deebo’s impressive rushing ability, and a strange comparison he has for the third-year receiver.
“Deebo is just so unique in how he’s built,” Shanahan said. “He isn’t really built like a receiver, he is built more like a running back. Sometimes I compare him to a fullback when I’m just messing with him.
“His power and his stride, we joke with him that he’s got a little Fred Flintstone stride, but it gets going. Some of the runs that he hit in the game, I was showing to the team, and people don’t get the burst that he has. Not right away, but right when the hole is about to close up and he can just get through it. I was telling the team that I’ve only had one player like that, and that’s [Raheem Mostert]. Raheem can hit those seams when they close, and people think they’ve got him, but then he has this other gear where all of the sudden they don’t have him. Deebo is the most similar to that that I’ve seen.”
Former 49ers running back Frank Gore has taken notice of Samuel’s performance on the ground. Having sat with general manager John Lynch and CEO Jed York in a suite at TIAA Bank Field last Sunday, Lynch relayed Gore’s thoughts on how the 49ers should utilize Samuel’s rare ability.
“He (Gore) loves Deebo as a running back,” Lynch said on KNBR on Wednesday morning. “He probably feels that if we just stuck with him at running back,…