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Washington signs Curtis Samuel: Fantasy football fallout for 2021

Former Panthers wideout Curtis Samuel landed a multiyear deal with Washington, reuniting the playmaker with head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

Curtis Samuel #10 of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field after the first half against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

The remodeling of the Washington Football Team’s offensive roster has not slowed following the legal-tampering period. On Wednesday, Washington reached an agreement with former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel on a three-year, $34.5 million deal, reuniting him with several of his old coaches and teammates.

WR Curtis Samuel signing: Fantasy football impact

The news of Samuel’s signing arrived shortly after Washington landed veteran signal-caller and beard aficionado Ryan Fitzpatrick. The new additions will form the team’s offensive nucleus with third-year wideout Terry McLaurin, running back Antonio Gibson, and tight end Logan Thomas.

While the supporting cast has plenty of talent, Samuel should still have the opportunity to carve out a large role in the offense. Head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner know Samuel well from their shared time in Charlotte and have a strong understanding of the playmaker’s diverse skill set. His ability to operate as a slot receiver and de facto running back pairs well with McLaurin and Thomas’ more traditional roles, allowing for more misdirection and unpredictability within the offense.

Even so, a significant portion of Samuel’s skills overlaps with those of Gibson, himself a tailback-wideout hybrid. While both should still see plenty of touches over the course of the season, their workload could vary wildly week to week. Samuel endured that treatment during his first few seasons under Rivera in Carolina.