Super Bowl Tips: The Wide Receivers

Leigh Copson:

If you are looking for potential impact players to bet on in Super Bowl LIV then these two wide receivers – Tyreek Hill and Deebo Samuel – are two men who could make a splash for their respective teams in Miami.

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A four-game absence prevented Hill from matching or bettering his numbers in 2018 this season, but that does not do anything to hinder the belief that the Kansas City wideout remains one of the most dangerous players in the entire National Football League. Every time a defensive back stands opposite him on the line of scrimmage he knows that he simply has to get his job done right or the x-year-old will punish him.

Just look at the statistics over the past several weeks. While the yardage count and touchdown count do not exactly jump off the page, the number that does stand out is his reliability when targeted. Hill has caught 33 of the 41 passes thrown his way by Mahomes and he has averaged over 10 yards per reception during this time, ie. a first down. He is going to be guarded by one of the best here in Richard Sherman, but the San Francisco defensive back cannot match Hill’s lightning speed and if he can get away from the 49ers ace then we could see fireworks.

Samuel has emerged as an exciting young star at wide receiver this season, ranking inside the top 50 for receiving yardage and yardage per reception. The touchdowns have not exactly flowed, but to be fair to him that is not down to poor play or a lack of trust from his coach and quarterback. San Francisco simply have an offensive approach that sees them lean heavily towards the run game and it is an approach that has work very, very well for them over the course of the 2019 rookie season.

Pounding the ball on the ground limits the opportunities for receivers to make catches, score touchdowns and make big plays and that was never more apparent than the NFC Championship Game where Jimmy Garoppolo threw the ball just eight times. Three of those passes did go Samuel’s way though and he was able to haul in two of them for 46 yards, so if Kansas City do force the 49ers to be less one-dimensional here then it is safe to say that the young receiver will be given more opportunities to make an impact in Super Bowl LIV.

So can Hill make a major splash on the biggest stage in the NFL and will Samuel cap off a successful rookie season by making an impact under the brightest of lights? Both receivers are more than capable – it is now down to the coaches and quarterbacks to give them the opportunity to shine.

Performance Predictions

Tyreek Hill – Hill has found 100-yard games hard to come by this season and he has not been a regular inside the endzone either with just two touchdown-scoring performances in his last eight appearances, so I am wary of backing him in either of those markets. However, I am confident about us seeing a big play from him here. He has the straight line speed to get away from Richard Sherman so at some point he should get open for a sizeable gain.

Deebo Samuel – Samuel has not been a regular touchdown scorer this season and only three times has he gone for more than 100 yards receiving. That is no shock given the 49ers’ approach to offense, so it would be a very risky move to back him for a score or a 100-yard game in Super Bowl LIV. Only five times has he seen more than four targets in a game, and in 17 games he has been held below 57.5 yards receiving. Those numbers leap off the page and I expect to see more of the same here, especially if that San Francisco ground game gets rolling like it has done all season.

More Position Head-To-Heads

The Quarterbacks: Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Patrick Mahomes

The Running Backs: Raheem Mostert vs. Damien Williams

The Wide Receivers: Tyreek Hill vs. Deebo Samuel

The Tight Ends: George Kittle vs. Travis Kelce

The Defenses: San Francisco vs. Kansas City