While speaking with the media, Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz had high praise for WR Curtis Samuel, saying “He’s explosive. When you see the ball in his hands and how quickly he’s making a guy miss or he’s getting down the field, it’s impressive. It’s been fun to build that chemistry and see what he does well.” (CBS Sports )
Samuel, who was named an All-American in his final season at Ohio State, was drafted with the 40th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2017. After a breakout season in 2020, Samuel signed a big three-year $34.5 million contract with Washington in 2021 to play alongside WR Terry McLaurin, but Samuel’s season was derailed by a lingering groin injury. After making brief appearances in just five games last season due to the injury, never playing more than 37% of the team's offensive snaps in any single game, the fantasy community seems to be turning a cold shoulder on the still just 25-year-old playmaker. In 2020, Samuel finished as a WR2 in PPR formats, and this time last year he was being drafted in the WR3-4 range in fantasy drafts. However, Samuel is currently ranked as the WR75 according to FantasyPros ECR. This feels like an extreme fall in ranking for a player who has produced starting fantasy WR numbers across multiple seasons and is just now entering the prime years of his career.