Samuel had felt a “twinge” in his groin prior to last Wednesday’s practice but is something that’s considered minor, per John Keim of ESPN.com. He was likely held out by Rivera for precautionary reasons and should see a return to the field soon. The former Ohio State Buckeye has missed just four games over the last three seasons with no hamstring problems since 2017.
The former Panther will likely be the number two option in Washington behind Terry McLaurin for new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Samuel posted career highs across the board with 77 receptions and 851 yards last season in Carolina. He also showed his worth as a dual option with 41 rushes for 200 yards and five total touchdowns.
His capability both out of the backfield as well as at his natural position gives him serious fantasy value and importance to a team that will likely utilize him more than his former employers did. After finishing as WR24 last season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samuel sneak his way into the top 20 with more targets and potential usage out of the backfield after proving his rushing ability with the Panthers.
Washington is currently listed as a one-point dog on FanDuel Sportsbook against the Chargers for their Week 1 opening game this year.
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