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Is Curtis Samuel ready for a breakout season with the Washington Commanders?

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the Washington Commanders were hailed for their decision to sign the play catcher Curtis-Samuel last offseason. Washington may have buyer’s remorse with the fast passer right now.

Of course, that could all change if he can stay healthy this fall.

By agreeing to the terms of a three-year contract worth $34.5 million, Samuel was expected to be the No. 2 weapon in the face Terry McLaurin. Instead, a lingering groin injury has limited him to five games in 2021.

Samuel recorded just six catches for 27 yards and didn’t play in the final four games of the regular season. Four catches were caught against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 and he never recorded more than 40% offensive snaps while on the field.

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This shouldn’t be a sign for the coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew pull the trigger when changing. Instead, it should be a wake-up call for Samuel to get his body healthy to expand his role in 2022.

Samuel became one of the most consistent players for the Carolina Panthers in 2020, recording a record 77 receptions for 851 yards while averaging 11.1 yards per play. In 2018, the then offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, wanted to use his speed out of the backfield.

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In the last two seasons with Carolina, Samuel recorded 60 total carries for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 6.8 yards per rush attempt and had 17 first downs as a runner.

Scott Turner, son of Norv Turner and later Panthers offensive coordinator, plays the same role in Washington under Rivera. One of the main reasons Samuel is a member of Commanders is his speed and gadget-like presence in the backfield and in the slot.

Last season could be seen as a fluke for the receiving corps. Rookie Dyami Brown had just 12 catches for 165 yards. Cam Sims recorded 23 receptions while Adam Humphries and DeAndre Carter each topped 290 yards from the slot.

McLaurin, entering a contract season, was again the only receiver on Washington’s roster to record over 500 yards and 50 catches. He was roommates with Samuel at Ohio State and vouched for him.

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With just under $32 million in cap space, more young pass catchers coming into the draft this spring, needy QB commanders probably aren’t looking for a veteran receiver. this free agency.

Samuel’s downfall was his health. With a full year to rest, plus a vast knowledge of attacking prospects under Rivera and Turner, we imagine the quick target will be a factor in 2022.