Samuel did not receive a target but did gain 45 yards on his lone rushing attempt in Monday night's 24-15 preseason win over the Broncos.
Samuel showed off his electric athleticism in taking an end-around and beating defenders to the boundary for a big gain before being pushed out at the one-yard line. Such plays are precisely why the 49ers invested the 36th overall pick in this year's draft in him, and after a three-touch, 75-yard preseason debut, the team is already seeing significant dividends. Of course, Samuel will need to prove himself once the regular season begins, but his performance and usage so far suggest that Kyle Shanahan plans to find ways to get the ball in his hands.
Samuel exited Tuesday's practice early for personal reasons, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It remains to be seen how long Samuel will remain away from the team. Jordan Matthews and Jalen Hurd stand to see increased reps as long as Samuel's absence lasts. The rookie second-round pick is competing for a starting role on the outside in San Francisco's wideout corps.
Samuel caught two of four targets for 61 yards and carried one time for an additional 14 yards during Saturday's 17-9 win over the Cowboys.
Although Samuel received just three touches, he was perhaps his team's most impactful offensive player. He drew a deep pass interference call in the third quarter before taking a 45-yard reception into the red zone on the next play. Samuel also ripped off an impressive gain on the ground and will look to build off an excellent debut next Monday against Denver.
Samuel (groin) has had a healthy start to training camp after tweaking his groin at the end of OTAs.
Coach Kyle Shanahan downplayed the severity of the injury at the time, and his word held true with Samuel being a full participant during the first week of training camp. The 49ers' second-round pick is currently competing for a starting job as an outside wideout.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that Samuel missed the final two weeks of the offseason program due to a "tweaked groin," Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia reports.
Samuel missed the conclusion of OTAs and the entirety of minicamp with the injury. The missed practice time is concerning for a rookie, but there doesn't seem to be any concern that Samuel's absence will extend into training camp.
Samuel didn't take part in Tuesday's practice due to a suspected minor injury, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Samuel possesses the athletic ability and route-running prowess to potentially contribute as a rookie, but it appears he may be sidelined temporarily by an unknown issue. Barring word of a more significant problem, the 2019 second-round pick will likely rejoin the mix relatively soon.
The 49ers selected Samuel in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 36th overall.
Samuel (5-foot-11, 214 pounds) is a stocky but plenty athletic receiver (4.48-second 40, 39-inch vertical) who boasts natural standout route-running ability along with a long history of doing damage after the catch for South Carolina. After turning 23 in January he may be better suited than most receivers in this class to make an immediate impact, so as long as he can displace Jordan Matthews for snaps then he could push for a starter-like workload in an offense that otherwise figures to feature Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin plenty. Even if he can't crack the first team in three-wide sets right away, Samuel at the very least presents standout kick returner potential in the meantime. He's a fine dynasty asset given the general promise surrounding the Kyle Shanahan offense.
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