After winning the NFC East division in 2020, the Washington Football Team made it their goal to improve the team, specifically on the offensive side of the ball, to the point where they could compete again in the 2021 NFL season. One offseason move they made to help with that objective was signing former Carolina Panthers wideout Curtis Samuel to a three-year, $34.5 million contract.
However, time spent on both the PUP and COVID-19 lists has prevented Samuel from practicing at Washington's training camp. With no clear timetable for his return, Samuel's fantasy outlook for the upcoming season is up in the air.
Curtis Samuel Fantasy Outlook
The fact that Samuel has been dealing with a groin injury on and off since May, it's understandable that fans are worried about his status ahead of the 2021 fantasy season. Washington head coach Ron Rivera said that he hopes for Samuel to "catch a few reps maybe in the last preseason game" only adds to the concern, especially while the WFT have yet to play their first exhibition contest.
Washington brought in Samuel because of his ability to contribute in multiple ways. He finished the 2020 campaign with 77 receptions on 97 targets (career-high 79.4%) for 851 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was also involved in Carolina's ground game, rushing 41 times for 200 yards and another 2 TDs. The hope was that Samuel and former Ohio State teammate Terry McLaurin would lead Washington to a successful 2021 season. However, that will have to wait until the veteran's timetable for return is finally revealed.
Even before Samuel's recent injury woes, Washington already had a tough road ahead of them when it comes to potentially winning the NFC East again. FanDuel Sportsbook has given WFT +260 odds to win their division again, which only trails the Dallas Cowboys (+130). Still, Samuel's eventual return will go a long way in helping Washington making it a competitive race until the end.
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