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Commanders WR Curtis Samuel "100% healthy", participating in OTAs

5/25/2022 5:46:41 PM
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Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel is participating in the offseason workout program and says "I feel good, I feel fast" after injuries completely derailed his 2021 season according to Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington.

To say that Samuel's first season in Washington was a disaster would be an understatement.  Signed to a three-year, $34.5 million contract last March, Samuel sat out most of the offseason and the first three games with a groin injury, suffered a setback with that injury in Week 5 that caused another long absence, and sat out the final four weeks with a hamstring issue.  He ended up playing a total of 84 snaps over five games, catching six passes for 27 scoreless yards-not exactly what the Commanders thought they were paying for.

The good news is that Samuel is still only 25 years old and is a talented dual threai in the mode of Deebo Samuel when healthy.  A second-round pick out of Ohio State by the Panthers in 2017, Samuel produced over 1,000 combined yards of offense in Carolina in 2020.  Health has always been an issue, however, as he has played a full regular-season schedule only once in his five NFL seasons.

Samuel seems to be the forgotten man in the Commanders' wideout picture behind Terry McLaurin and first-rounder Jahan Dotson. In a perfect world, this would be the Commanders' every-down wideout trio. One of Dotson or Samuel is likely to have a big season behind McLaurin.  With Samuel owed $8.5 million in 2022 and under contract for two more seasons, everyone in Washington is likely holding their breath hoping Samuel's good health continues.

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