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Scott Turner 'fired up' to reunite with Curtis Samuel

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The arrival of free-agent wide receiver Curtis Samuel this offseason is something that should please many in Washington.

Whoever ends up center gets a dynamic and speedy weapon that can line up anywhere, and Terry McLaurin gets to reunite with his former college roommate and have a second receiver to potentially take some attention off him.

That reunion isn't the only one Samuel will experience in 2021, as he gets a chance to once again team up with offensive coordinator Scott Turner. The two worked together during the 2018 and 2019 seasons in Carolina, and Turner may be the most excited of all to see Samuel in the Burgundy and Gold.

“Yeah, I’m fired up man. Curtis is one of my all-time favorite guys," Turner said on the Washington Football Talk Podcast.

The two years spent working in the Panthers offense came when Samuel was just beginning to emerge as a playmaker. After a quiet rookie campaign in 2017, Samuel tallied 93 receptions for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns in the next two campaigns.

Then in 2020, with Turner having moved on to Washington, Samuel took the next step in his game by catching 77 balls for 851 yards (both career bests) and three touchdowns. He also demonstrated an ability to work in the run game, picking up 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in 15 games.

 

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Not only did Samuel produce, but he did it in many different ways. Lining up outside, in the slot and in the backfield, he is about as versatile as they come at the wide receiver position. Match that with his 4.31 speed and he becomes an offensive coordinator's dream.

Now Turner gets to place Samuel in his offense and brainstorm the various ways he can use him to create mismatches and put points on the board. That's exciting, as is the fact that Turner feels Samuel hasn't even reached his ceiling yet.

“High energy guy, really intelligent. You can do a lot of different things with him," Turner said. "He’s only 24-years-old, I think he’s just scratching the surface on what he’s capable of.”

On its own, the addition of Samuel is enough to make Turner smile. Yet what makes that grin even larger is that Samuel is joining an offense that has now put plenty of other pieces in place.

Dyami Brown -- the third-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft -- is an explosive playmaker that the likes of Ron Rivera and others compare to McLaurin. Ryan Fitzpatrick provides Washington with a quarterback that will stretch the field, something that has been absent in recent years.

Throw Samuel into the mix and Turner sees the offensive vision finally coming together.

“The fact that we were able to get him here and add him to the group that we already have is a great deal," Turner said.