One of the most obvious beneficiaries of McDaniel’s presence and offensive game plan was wide receiver/running back Deebo Samuel.
Prior to Week 9 of the 2021 season, Samuel was used primarily at his usual position at wide out, getting touches as a “running back” a total of six times in nearly two months. But Mike McDaniel and the 49ers staff unlocked a hidden gem when they used Samuel out of the backfield. The new running back became a sensation for San Francisco, as Deebo became one of the most explosive threats in the league due to his dual-threat ability.
While he may not be used out of the backfield (and shouldn’t be), it is Jaylen Waddle who could be the offensive weapon that McDaniel’s schemes and play calling could benefit the most. He doesn’t have the size to be considered a threat as a running back, but he is the most versatile and explosive weapon on Miami’s roster. Waddle had heavy usage in the Dolphins’ offense during his rookie season, and it could be argued that he was even under-utilized. That certainly won’t be the case in 2022, as Waddle will look to put up another 100+ catch season, and 1200-1300 receiving yards is not out of the realm of possibility.