Deebo Samuel had a spectacular third season in the NFL. He proved to be one of the most versatile players in the league, leading the team in receiving 1,405 receiving yards and racking up 365 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns (eight rushing, six passing) . He had 154 receiving yards, 137 rushing yards, one receiving touchdown and one rushing touchdown in the team’s three playoff games.

At one point, Samuel, labeled as a wide receiver, was asked how he would describe the position he was playing.

“A wide back,” he replied. “Wide receiver playing running back.”

The wideback position took its toll on Samuel’s body throughout this extended season which included 17 regular season outings and three more playoff games. However, he has no problem doing it again in 2022, if that’s what he’s asked.

“Yeah, I’m totally okay with that,” Samuel said. “As I’ve said throughout the year, I’m ready to do anything to help this team win in every aspect.”

Samuel was named to his first Pro Bowl this season. The game is taking place this weekend, which almost escaped the wide-back’s mind. Samuel, however, confirmed that he plans to play. However, Samuel was thrilled to return home and see his newborn son, Tyshun Raequan Samuel Jr., whom Samuel has not seen since he was born on December 27, 2021.

“Then they came to me and they said, ‘The Pro Bowl is next weekend,’” Samuel explained. “I completely forgot about that. But after that, [I plan to] spending time with my family, especially my son. Then you have to take time for your body, your mind. So take a little vacation before I start training again.”

As for his future, Samuel doesn’t know what that might look like. Clearly, he’s on his way to becoming one of the richest players in his position. This offseason will be the first opportunity for the 49ers to try and lock Samuel into a contract extension. However, the broadback had no idea about it.

“It’s not my decision. It’s not up to me,” Samuel said.