Deebo Samuel was spotted wearing a big chain on the sidelines during the 49ers’ 31-7 win over the Rams on “Monday Night Football.”
Samuel put the chain on in the fourth quarter after a smooth touchdown catch. He broke over the middle of the field, caught a ball and split two defenders on the way to the end zone during the play.
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So, what does that chain mean? Samuel explained the necklace’s origin story after the game.
“The necklace came from [Jason Verrett],” Deebo told reporters. “He kind of got it for the team. Whenever you make a play, you put it on. So that’s where it kind of came from.”
Verrett was a starting cornerback for the 49ers last season, but this year he fell victim to a torn Achilles and will miss the season. Apparently, the playmaker chain is a way for him to stay involved with the team.
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It makes sense that Samuel would be sporting the playmaker chain. He was the most dynamic threat on the field Monday night. He caught five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and also racked up 36 rushing yards and a score on five attempts.
Still, Samuel stayed humble despite his performance. He even credited Jimmy Garoppolo for the throw that set up his chain-winning play.
“Just the fourth-down play, we called in-breaking route and it just popped wide open as you can see, Jimmy made the right read and it turned into a touchdown,” Samuel said.
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Deebo will hope to continue to live up to his nickname — which stems from the bully from the 1995 movie “Friday” starring Ice Cube — and beat up opposing defenses as an all-purpose threat. He is averaging 115.4 scrimmage yards per game this season and is second in the NFL in receiving yards to only Cooper Kupp.