Deebo Samuel goes over 1,000 receiving yards, now holds quirky NFL record

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49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel only caught one pass against the Minnesota Vikings for 12 yards. That was still enough to put him over 1,000 yards for the season, making him the first 49ers wide receiver to do so since Anquan Boldin in 2014. Samuel on Sunday also rushed for 66 yards and put himself at the top of one of an obscure NFL all-time list.

Samuel’s 66 rushing yards gave him 203 for the season, giving him the most rushing yards ever by a receiver with 1,000 receiving yards.

The previous high according to the Pro Football Reference database belonged to Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, who had 157 rushing yards and 1,219 receiving yards in the 2018 season. That same year Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill put up 151 rushing yards alongside 1,479 receiving yards. That’s the fourth-most all-time. Third belongs to Joey Galloway who had 154 rushing yards and 1,039 receiving yards in 1995 with the Seahawks.

What’s perhaps most remarkable outside of the yardage is the amount of carries Samuel has racked up this season. He’s at 25 carries after Sunday and it appears the 49ers aren’t going to shy away from letting him run the ball, although a groin injury he suffered Sunday could slow him down for the time being.

If Samuel can stay relatively healthy the rest of the way and he maintains this level of usage in the 49ers’ run game, he might set a rushing total for 1,000-yard receivers that doesn’t get touched for a long time.

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