The Washington Football Team shocked a lot of people around the NFL last season when they won the NFC East despite finishing with a 7-9 record. Rather than let that momentum fall to the wayside, they've used this offseason to bring in pieces to further improve the team, which included signing former Carolina Panthers wideout Curtis Samuel.
Unfortunately, Samuel hasn't practiced with his new team since June due to a groin injury and a stint on the COVID-19 injured list. The good news is that the 24-year-old's situation seems to be improving and he'll be on the field or Sunday's practice, according to the Washington Post's Nick Jhabvala.
Curtis Samuel Injury Update
One thing to add about Samuel's situation is that he'll remain on the COVID-19 list until he's back into practice shape. As mentioned before, he hasn't participated in on-field activities in around three months, so it'll take some time before he feels like his old self.
Considering how Washington will be paying Samuel $34.5 million over the next three years, it's clear that the team has high expectations for him. He had his best campaign in 2020, finishing the year with career highs in receptions (77), catching percentage (79.4%) and receiving yards (851) while also adding 3 touchdowns. A dual-threat, Samuel also recorded 200 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 41 attempts, which is the type of skill that can add another dimension to Washington's offense.
While fans are certainly looking forward to seeing Samuel's skills in action, it'll also be interesting to see what kind of impact his relationship with former Ohio State Buckeyes teammate Terry McLaurin has on the team. Both wideouts haven't been shy from mentioning how excited they are to be reunited and that kind of energy is something that a lot of teams would dream of having. Only time will tell if that can change the organization into a winner.
Washington has a bit of work to do before it is seen as a top team in the NFL. Its odds of winning Super Bowl 56 are +5000 (T-20th), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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