Deebo Samuel had an impressive rookie season, picking up just shy of 1,000 total yards on 71 total touches and finding the end zone six times. But how many times have you ever heard Samuel's name mentioned in the same class of wide receivers as fellow 2019 rookies A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf? I'd be willing to bet that it's not very often, but maybe it's time we change that.
After all, Samuel is averaging 109.6 yards per game in five contests so far this season, ranking fifth in receiving yards (548) and sixth in yards per catch (17.7). He and Ja'Marr Chase are the only two players to appear in both lists, showing that they make the most out of every opportunity and produce a ton of yards despite having a lower volume than some of their elite-tier colleagues. Pro Football Focus ranks Samuel seventh among qualified receivers on the season with an 81.8 overall offensive grade, which is higher than notable names Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins, to name a couple.
But, again, do we really consider Samuel when debating who the top wide receivers in the league are? Is it ridiculous to think that he's as talented as some of the aforementioned wideouts above, though no one really talks about him that way?