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  • Erica Blackburn

WFT’s Curtis Samuel to Start Season on PUP List

The Washington Football Team made a big splash in the off-season when they signed wide receiver Curtis Samuel to a three-year, $36 million deal. But the Football Team won’t see their new free agent in action anytime soon.

With opening training camp, the Football Team placed Samuel on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Samuel also missed all of June's minicamp and OTA's with a lingering groin injury. His game is predicated on quickness and lateral speed, which means his groin must not be quite ready to withstand quick movements.

Samuel is expected to be a vital piece for Scott Turner’s offensive scheme, getting jet sweeps, trick plays, and even taking snaps as a Wildcat quarterback. He’ll be the perfect complement to Terry McLaurin and extremely valuable in Washington, just as he was in Carolina.

In his four seasons in Carolina, Samuel has recorded 185 catches, 2,087 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns, 72 rushes, 478 rushing yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns.

Dealing with injuries early in his career, Samuel has been durable over the last two years, playing in 31 of 32 possible games. Last season was his best season with 77 grabs for 851 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to 41 rushes for 200 yards and two more touchdowns. He also led all receivers last season with a 79.4 percent catch rate and was the league leader in third-down conversions with 18 of his catches going for a first down. Last season with the Panthers, Samuel posted his most productive game of the season against Washington in late December, racking up 158 all-purpose yards.

The duo of Samuel and McLaurin can be lethal, and fans everywhere have been chomping at the bit to see the two in action together. But for now, we wait.


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