Sunday’s NFC Championship game at SoFi Stadium will feature two All-Pro wide receivers, logic challengers as well as tacklers.
The Rams’ Cooper Kupp is unique. Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers is unique. However, in a way that stands out to teammates and coaches, they are all the same.
When one person talks about the other, you have to double check to see who is discussing whom.
“You have a lot of respect for someone who is willing to go out and do whatever they ask him to do with all he has,” Kupp said of Samuel (although it could be the opposite).
For Kupp, “whatever they ask for” is not only the NFL’s top receiver in the regular season in terms of catch (145), yard (1,947) and touch reception (16), but also Enthusiastic ground-player and quick thinker and solid thrower in non-backward situations.
For Samuel, it’s first among the league’s yards per catch (18.2) and fifth in yards (1,405), as well as leading all players in yards. dash (375), while performing on-site duties as a return man.
It complements Kupp and Samuel finishing 1st and 2nd place among all NFC players at multi-distance (1,993 and 1,845, respectively).
On Wednesday, the Pro Football Writers of America announced their members voted Kupp as NFL Offensive Player of the Year. (PFWA selected Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as MVP.)
Voting for that award came before Kupp’s newest hero, catching a 44-meter pass from Matthew Stafford to set up Matt Gay’s last-second goal in the Rams’ 30-27 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday last week.
Of course, Samuel was also responsible for his team’s advance, hurling the ball past a Packers player to complete the second game’s 45-yard return to begin the 49ers’ first scoring in the win. October 13 at Green Bay.
San Francisco special teams coordinator Richard Hightower remembers coaching Samuel at the 2019 Senior Bowl. Samuel rode with Hightower to practice every day so he would be one of the first to arrive and work with the profits of the sport of boxing. Samuel has made four kickoffs again for touchdowns in South Carolina, but he has little experience returning hits.
“(He said), “I want to try to do anything, coach,” Hightower recalls Samuel’s quote. “Most guys wouldn’t do that. They don’t want to embarrass themselves. But he is a tough son of a gun. ”
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said he and Samuel talked about the physical sacrifice the ball receiver makes, running between tackles like a ball carrier and clearing the ball to the tune 768 yards after the shot. catch the ball this season – second only to Kupp’s 846.
“But Deebo handled it well,” Shanahan said. “He is one of the main reasons we are here. I think that’s one of the things that gave him the opportunity to be one of the best players in the NFL. ”
Samuel has said that he doesn’t really pay attention to the other receivers. But Kupp noticed Samuel.
“He’s really a very special player,” said Kupp. “I watched a lot of Deebo Samuel.”
The Rams couldn’t avoid watching if they wanted to.
Samuel, 26, was signed by the 49ers as a poor rookie three years ago, catching and executing the ball for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the 49ers’ two regular wins over the Rams this season.
Kupp, meanwhile, totaled 258 yards of fouls and a touchdown against the 49ers.
Rams coach Sean McVay said: “I think they are great footballers and finishers. “Some of the things that Deebo does when he gets back in line are really special things.
“Cooper is very similar. We just don’t let him carry from the dot, from the offset gun. He is part of our blocking surface. He does a lot of different things.
“I think you’re talking about two very deserving first-team All-Pro players who have been instrumental in getting their teams to where they are.”
The first injury report of the week found that the Rams’ Van Jefferson (knee), attacking forward Joe Noteboom (pec) and noseball Greg Gaines (toe) were absent from Wednesday’s training session. Andrew Whitworth’s left save (knee) and Taylor Rapp’s (concussion) safety were limited in practice, which was progress after Whitworth sat out Tampa Bay and Rapp was absent for two games. Final. Niners ran back Elijah Mitchell (knee) and left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) missed practice. Shanahan said he expected Williams to play on Sunday; The All-Pro missed the regular-season final against the Rams with an elbow injury.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/26/rams-cooper-kupp-49ers-deebo-samuel-go-the-extra-yard/ Rams ‘Cooper Kupp, 49ers’ Deebo Samuel added – San Bernardino Sun