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All about Curtis Samuel with stats and contract info

Commanders

Former Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel signed with the Washington Commanders to a three-year, $34.5 million deal back in March 2021. He was brought to the team in an effort to bolster their offensive weapons and take some of the brunt off Terry McLaurin's shoulders. The team expected him to be an immediate contributor to the offense, but what ended up happening was quite the opposite.

Samuel battled muscle injuries all season and only suited up for Washington in five games in 2021. Six catches for 27 yards and zero touchdowns would be his only contribution to the Commanders' struggling offense all year.

Though his first season in D.C. was disappointing, Samuel is still only 25 and has time to blossom into one of Washington's biggest threats. He even said he's eager for next season to come so that he can prove to everyone why Washington signed him. Could he eventually play a role similar to that of Deebo Samuel in San Francisco and be the Commanders' workhorse in both the pass and run game? We will find out come Week 1 of 2022.

Here's everything you need to know about Curtis Samuel:

Curtis Samuel's Bio

  • Height: 5-foot-11
  • Weight: 195 pounds
  • Birthdate: August 11, 1996
  • Age: 25 
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
  • NFL experience: 5 seasons (2017-21)
  • Jersey No. 10

Curtis Samuel's Career Stats

With the exception of last season, Samuel has been an effective receiving threat in the NFL. Here are his career statistics (through Jan. 21, 2022): 

  • 58 games played
  • 191 receptions
  • 2,114 receiving yards (11.1 yards per reception)
  • 14 receiving touchdowns
  • 76 rushes
  • 489 rushing yards (6.4 rushing yards per attempt)
  • 5 rushing touchdowns

Curtis Samuel's Contract Details

Samuel inked his current contract with the Washington Commanders in March of 2021. The deal is for three years and $34.5 million, for an average annual salary of $11.5 million. The contract included a $12 million signing bonus and $23 million guaranteed.

 

What is Curtis Samuel's fantasy outlook for 2022?

As with the vast majority of players, Curtis Samuel's fantasy outlook entirely depends on several moving pieces. His health was a serious concern last year, but he has hinted at the fact that he's good to go and ready to get back to his former self in 2022. Washington's QB situation is another variable, as the team looks primed to make a big splash over the offseason and bring another signal-caller onto the roster to start.

In total, it would be wise to steer clear of Samuel in the first few rounds of your fantasy draft, given his injury history. If, however, he's still available in say the eighth round or so, he could just be the flier that wins you your league. As a No. 2 receiving option in D.C. behind Terry McLaurin, Samuel's floor would be a constantly injured waiver wire staple, but his ceiling is an extremely solid WR2 on most fantasy rosters.

What is Curtis Samuel's role with the Commanders?

Washington signed Samuel with the hope that he would immediately complement Terry McLaurin as a receiving threat at all three levels of passing. Though that didn't happen his first year in D.C., Samuel and his coaches hope that he'll showcase that talent with the remaining two years on his deal.

If all goes well with Samuel's offseason and he's able to hit his stride in 2022, his ceiling is encouraging. His speed and versatility could make him a dynamic threat in both the running and passing games, and even when he doesn't have the ball in his hands he could be used as a diversion to free up more space for McLaurin, Antonio Gibson and others.

Still, that remains to be seen. Washington will hope that Samuel reverts to his Carolina days next season. By the way, Samuel had a longstanding connection with a few members of the Burgundy & Gold, as he overlapped with Ron Rivera in Carolina and with McLaurin at Ohio State in college.