Deebo Samuel returns to ‘wide-back’ ways as 49ers put away pesky Rams

Eric Williams

NFC West Writer

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Deebo Samuel stays ready for when the Los Angeles Rams are on the schedule.

Just ask him.

“You can say that,” Samuel said when asked about his success against the San Francisco 49ers’ NFC West division rival. “But we just come out here and execute at a high level. It was a hard-fought battle. … They know us; we know them. So we knew it was going to be grind this week.”

San Francisco’s “wide back” seems to especially play well at SoFi Stadium against the Rams. And Sunday’s 30-23 victory in front of a sea of 49ers fans clad in red was no exception for Samuel. He finished with 101 scrimmage yards — 63 receiving, 38 rushing — and a touchdown in San Francisco’s win.

In eight career games against the Rams, Samuel has 857 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns. 

He had said during training camp that he felt 2022 was a down year for him and that he focused during the offseason on trimming down and regaining his speed. 

That hard work paid off for Samuel on his lone touchdown, an 11-yard run on a bubble screen to the left side of the offensive formation. Samuel ran through a would-be tackler in cornerback Derion Kendrick and weaved his way through several other L.A. defenders before cutting back for the end zone.

“We knew I was going to be 1-on-1 with the corner,” Samuel said. “He shot his gun, but luckily, he shot it at my foot. I was able to break the tackle and just get in the end zone. You could see all the guys and how determined they were to get me in the end zone as well by all the blocking.” 

Samuel also got into it with Kendrick after being tackled out of bounds, with a 49ers fan along the sideline stepping in to separate the two.

“He just ran up and headbutted me out of nowhere. I was kind of like, what’s going on,” Samuel said about the dustup with Kendrick. “But that was kind of cool to see a fan get into it and try and protect the team as well.” 

Samuel’s performance was part of another 30-point effort…

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