Following a great rookie season, Niners wide receiver Deebo Samuel was expected to take the next step in his progression going into year two. With the departure of Emmanuel Sanders to New Orleans, Samuel had a clear opening towards being Jimmy Garoppolo’s No. 1 target on the outside.
For now, the Samuel hype train will have to be put on hold following an offseason injury.
Since the NFL offseason is virtual, players will have to meet up on their own time to get in on-field workouts, at least until training camp. In a throwing session with some Niners teammates, Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his foot. Although the injury will not keep him out for the whole season, Samuel will still have to miss some time with training camp approaching.
For any Niners fans fretting over losing one of their most dynamic players, here is a breakdown of what exactly a Jones fracture is.
If Samuel is back on time, he should at least be able to get some reps during training camp. As a result, Deebo should take this time to rest as much as possible in order to avoid any setbacks that could cause him to miss a portion of the season.