Somehow, someway, the Packers need a plan to slow down Deebo Samuel on Sunday night. Unfortunately for defensive coordinator Joe Barry, putting Kevin King in the slot is unlikely to be the answer.
Samuel is a yards-after-catch king. No receiver has more YAC than Samuel’s 155 this season. The good news for the Packers is that in Samuel’s past two games against them, he’s only had a total of four catches. The bad news? He averaged 24 yards per reception with a touchdown.
Samuel has 15 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown in only two games this season. He’s third in the NFL for receiving, but the two players ahead of him have played their Week 3 game already.
Now imagine Samuel in Matt LaFleur’s offense. LaFleur would move him around and find favorable matchups. As we’re seeing this year, when the ball is in his hands, there isn’t much defenses can do to stop him.
With Davante Adams seeing double teams often and Marquez Valdes-Scantling always a concern for defenses deep downfield, adding Samuel to the mix would make Green Bay’s offense unstoppable.
It would be no surprise if Samuel takes over the game on Sunday night. But in this alternate universe where the Packers ‘steal’ three 49ers players, we can imagine just how good he would be in LaFleur’s offense.