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For the 2nd straight game, WR Curtis Samuel led all Commanders in targets Sunday. He drew 9 in the 36-27 loss to Detroit, catching 7 for 78 yards and a TD. (Samuel added a carry for 21 yards.) WR Terry McLaurin checked in 2nd, catching 4 of his 8 targets for 75 yards. J.D. McKissic rebounded from a quiet Week 1 to rank 3rd with 7 targets, catching all of them for 54 yards. WR Jahan Dotson and TE Logan Thomas garnered 5 looks apiece and each caught a TD.

The Commanders plan to play QB Carson Wentz and other starters for about 15-20 snaps in the preseason opener against the Panthers, according to The Washington Post. We'd bet on that increasing for the 2nd exhibition. We'll be interested to see how Wentz fares with his new WRs, as well as rookie RB Brian Robinson's role and performance.

Commanders HC Ron Rivera admitted to "some concern" about WR Curtis Samuel's "overall football conditioning and shape." Samuel, of course, basically missed the entire 2021 season with a lingering groin injury that required offseason surgery. He participated in OTAs, though, so this news is a bit of a surprise. “The ultimate goal is really the regular season more than anything else,” Rivera said. “This has nothing to do with last year’s groin injury or anything like that. This is just about the plan for him specifically.” We'll continue to keep a close eye on Samuel's status leading up to Week 1. He's just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

Commanders WR Curtis Samuel is participating in this week's OTAs. That's notable because he was available for only 84 snaps all last season due to a lingering groin injury that required offseason surgery. “I’m great," Samuel told reporters Tuesday. "Y’all saw me flying around out there." Samuel faces added target competition with the arrival of 1st-round rookie WR Jahan Dotson. But Washington gave him a 3-year, $34.5 million contract with $23 million guaranteed last offseason, so we're expecting him to be a significant part of the offense -- barring injury.

Commanders WR Curtis Samuel provided an update on his recovery from groin surgery. “I’ve been training and working out, and I haven’t been limited to anything,” he said. “I’ve been doing pretty much everything that I used to be able to do — running fast, cutting fast. I’m just feeling good overall, and I’m excited about it. This upcoming season, I got a lot of goals.” Samuel and his trainer have made it a point to work on stride efficiency to ensure he’s not putting necessary stress on his legs. “Control the stride to make sure they maintain their speed,” trainer Pete Bommarito said. “That’s what we really did. It was just focusing on that. When he over-strides and he can’t control it, he does feel those nagging issues. But that’s not unique to him; that’s the case for almost everybody that’s blazing fast like him in any sport.” Samuel took a short-term hit with the arrival of Round 1 WR Jahan Dotson. The veteran, though, still makes for a fine value pick late in best ball drafts.

The Commanders added Penn State WR Jahan Dotson with the 16th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. He notably goes ahead of Arkansas WR Treylon Burks. Dotson might have the best combination of route-running ability and hands in this year’s WR class. He has the quickness and technique to defeat press coverage and the suddenness and efficiency to create separation. That’s earned him comparisons to Diontae Johnson and Emmanuel Sanders. Dotson also boasts a surprisingly large catch radius and posted a career 5.2% drop rate, according to Pro Football Focus. He didn’t break out until his junior year at Penn State, although he did post big market shares in both 2020 and 2021. Size is the most notable wart on Dotson’s profile. He’s just 5’11 and 178 pounds with 18th percentile arm length and a 22nd percentile wingspan. That figures to limit Dotson to mostly slot duties in the NFL and puts a cap on his fantasy upside. It’ll be interesting to see how Washington deploys Dotson alongside WR Curtis Samuel, who’s played plenty in the slot.

Washington WR Terry McLaurin (concussion) isn't listed on the final Week 15 injury report after putting in 3 full practices this week. He'll play vs. the Eagles on Tuesday night. It remains unclear who McLaurin's QB will be for that one. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen remain on the COVID list as of Monday afternoon but have until 4 pm ET on Tuesday to be activated. WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is out for Week 15.

Washington WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Eagles. It's a new injury for Samuel, who had been dealing with a groin issue since the spring. It's been a lost season for the man who signed a 3-year, $34.5 million deal in March.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Washington WR Curtis Samuel is set to play Sunday against the Raiders. Samuel is officially questionable, but he played through a questionable tag last week as well. He's far rom worthwhile as a fantasy option, however.

7:05pm EST 11/29/21

Washington WR Curtis Samuel (groin) is active for tonight's game vs. the Seahawks. He's expected to be on a snap count in his first action since Week 5.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirms that Washington TE Logan Thomas and WR Curtis Samuel (groin) are expected to play vs. the Seahawks tonight. Thomas has been out since Week 4; Samuel since Week 5. HC Ron Rivera said earlier this week that both guys would be on snap counts tonight, making them shaky fantasy plays.

Washington WR Curtis Samuel (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. Seattle. He was limited in practice all week and had been expected to return for this one. Samuel has been out since Week 5 and is expected to be limited to no more than 15 snaps on Monday night, according to ESPN's John Keim. Samuel isn't a Week 12 fantasy option.

11:34am EST 11/21/21

Washington WR Curtis Samuel (groin) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Panthers. He returned to a limited practice on Friday and is reportedly eyeing a Week 12 return.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Washington WR Curtis Samuel (groin) has just a "small chance" to play vs. the Panthers today. He's listed as questionable, but Samuel never seemed likely to play after getting in just 1 limited practice this week. Rapoport adds that Samuel should be back for Week 12. He's been sidelined since Week 5.

Washington WR Curtis Samuel (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers. He's been out since Week 5. HC Ron Rivera confirmed that Samuel will be on a snap count if he ends up playing. He's not a Week 11 fantasy option.

Washington WR Curtis Samuel (groin) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. There's still no timetable for his return from this lingering groin injury. Samuel isn't worth holding on benches outside of the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Washington WRs Curtis Samuel (groin) and Dyami Brown (knee) are out for Sunday’s game vs. the Broncos. WR Cam Sims (hamstring) is listed as questionable. Terry McLaurin, of course, is the only Washington WR that should be in fantasy lineups.

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