Curtis Samuel will be 'ready to roll' for Washington in Week 4


After a stint on injured reserve in which he's gotten "healthier and healthier," Curtis Samuel will make his debut for the Washington Football Team this Sunday against the Falcons.

"Ready to roll," is how Ron Rivera described the wide receiver's status on Friday for the matchup with Atlanta.

Samuel, who's been dealing with a nagging groin injury dating back to May's offseason activities, practiced all three days this week for Washington and did so without suffering any sort of setback. He signed a three-year contract with the franchise as a free agent this past offseason and will finally get to suit up and start showing what he can do.

"People have to account for him, whether he gets the ball or he doesn't get the ball," Rivera told reporters. "There's so many things that he brings to the table that will help us."

"On Sunday, I'm just looking forward to letting the game come to me," Samuel said. "Creating that excitement. Of course I want to get in that end zone, but if I don't, it is what it is. My teammates get in the end zone, we're going to celebrate, have fun and hopefully come home with a win."

Samuel's arrival should have plenty of positive effects on the offense, from taking the pressure off of Terry McLaurin to reducing the responsibility of role players like Dyami Brown and Cam Sims. He'll also allow offensive coordinator Scott Turner to be more diverse with his calls, seeing as Samuel has exceptional versatility and speed.


"He’s a really intelligent player," Turner said of Samuel on Thursday. "He can get back in pretty quickly."

While it's not yet known just how much Samuel will appear at Mercedes Benz Stadium and if he'll be on any sort of snap count, the news of his impending return is still quite positive. And hopefully, he'll remain in the lineup now that he's back at last.

Many fans have tried to downplay his absence since Week 1 — "We never had him in the first place, who cares?!" — but those fans will be walking those words back once Samuel begins making his impact. As long as he stays healthy, his presence will be felt on a regular basis.