Washington placed WR Curtis Samuel on the active/PUP list for the start of training camp. Samuel sustained a groin strain during OTAs, so we'd bet on this being a cautious approach to managing that issue. We'll keep an eye on how long the former Panther remains out of action.
Washington has agreed to a 3-year extension with TE Logan Thomas, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. We haven't seen the terms yet, but this development obviously points to the team wanting Thomas as a key piece beyond this season. That enhances the dynasty outlook for a player who just turned 30 coming off his 1st year with more than 16 receptions. It also gives at least a slight boost to Thomas' 2021 outlook, solidifying his standing with the team.
Washington HC Ron Rivera called RB Antonio Gibson's improvement this offseason "exciting." Gibson ran for 795 yards and 11 scores on 4.7 yards per carry as a rookie last year -- despite totaling just 33 carries in college. "You can tell he's matured, got a better feel and understanding," Rivera said. "Those natural instincts that you look for, the intangibles that guys that have been playing the positions their whole career naturally have. You start to see those come to light with Antonio." RBs coach Randy Jordan added that Gibson's comfort in the running scheme is "like night and day" between last year and this year. Washington is also looking to expand Gibson's role in the passing game this season. There's big-time breakout potential here.
The Athletic's Ben Standig has come away from spring practices believing RB Antonio Gibson is set to "become a bigger factor as a receiver" this season. Gibson was out-targeted 110 to 44 by RB J.D. McKissic last year. But Gibson beat McKissic in yards per target and just trailed him in yards per route run and Pro Football Focus receiving grade -- all as a rookie. Considering Gibson played some WR during his time at Memphis, it makes sense that he'd be capable of taking on a bigger role in the passing game this season. Locked in as Washington's lead ball-carrier, there's RB1 upside here depending on how many targets Gibson garners.
Washington RB Antonio Gibson admitted that the toe he injured last December isn't yet back to 100%. Gibson decided not to have surgery on the toe and is still rehabbing. "I've been cutting in practice ... and getting better each day," he said. "Definitely something to monitor. I've been fine like I said. I've been cutting and running full speed, making cuts I need to make. ... But I definitely got to watch and make sure I stay up on my treatment, so nothing goes south." The situation is something fantasy owners will need to monitor, too. Toe injuries can be tough to play through, especially for skill-position guys.
Washington HC Ron Rivera told insider JP Finlay that he's expecting a "big jump" from RB Antonio Gibson this season. Gibson exceeded expectations as a runner last year, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scoring 11 times on 170 attempts. He added a 36-247-0 receiving line but should have more to offer there after playing both RB and WR in his final season at Memphis. Gibson has feature-back and RB1 potential in 2021.
Washington beat writer JP Finlay expects WR Curtis Samuel to line up on the outside "more often than not" this season. Samuel excelled last year while playing 61% of his snaps in the slot. He played just 32% in the slot back in 2019 and was much less efficient -- although crappy QB play was at least partly to blame. That 2019 campaign came under OC Scott Turner, who Samuel is reuniting with in Washington. We'll keep an eye on his usage this summer, but we'd prefer to see him inside. Finlay believes that with Samuel playing mostly outside the numbers, Adam Humphries will be the team's #3 and primary slot receiver. That'd leave WR Dyami Brown as no better than the #4 WR.
Undrafted free agent RB Jaret Patterson signed with Washington. The University of Buffalo product tallied a freshman record 1,013 yards and 14 TDs in 2018. He posted 1,799 yards and 19 TDs on 312 carries as a sophomore before tallying 141-1,072-19 in 2020. Fueled by quick feet and sharp cuts, Patterson ranked 7th in the nation in missed tackles forced last year, per Pro Football Focus. The 5’7, 195-pounder absorbed contact well in the MAC, but he’s clearly undersized for an early-down role. Plus, as a pass catcher, Patterson went all of last season without a target. He recorded 20 total catches from 2018-2019. He’ll battle for a roster spot in Washington.
Washington selected BYU WR Dax Milne in the 7th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. After totaling just 31 catches over his first 2 years on campus, Milne emerged as Zach Wilson’s top target last season. He tallied 70 catches for 1,188 yards and 8 scores -- although the 30% yardage share and 24% TD share were less impressive. Milne didn’t do himself any favors at his Pro Day, running a 4.57-second 40 with a 31-inch vertical at 6’1 and 193 pounds. That matches the tape. Milne has reliable hands and nice ball skills. But he doesn’t have the speed or burst to create big separation. We're not optimistic about his NFL upside.
Washington selected North Carolina WR Dyami Brown with the 82nd pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. After a quiet freshman season, Brown topped 1,000 yards in each of the past 2 years, totaling 20 TDs and averaging a huge 20.1 yards per catch. He has good-not-great speed (4.45-second 40 time) but explodes off the snap and is a strong ball tracker. Brown ranked top 5 in the nation in both deep catches (12) and yards (543) last year, according to Pro Football Focus. The 6’1, 189-pounder has some work to do in the short and intermediate games -- but he does flash the potential to develop as a route runner. He earned an 84th percentile Relative Athletic Score and is only 21 years old. Brown has a real chance to win a top 3 role in Washington this season alongside Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.
The Washington Football Team selected Jamin Davis with the 19th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Davis gained attention with his strong pro day workout, delivering 98th-percentile or better measurements in the 40, vertical and broad jump. Davis also delivered statistically in his lone starting season at Kentucky, tallying 102 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 INTs over 10 games. In Washington, he should be able to land a full-time role right away. Davis sports immediate IDP upside.
Washington signed WR Adam Humphries to a 1-year deal. COVID and a concussion limited the 27-year-old to just 7 games with the Titans in 2020. His best season came in Tampa back in 2018, when new Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick started 7 games. It's unclear exactly how Humphries fits in his new digs alongside Curtis Samuel. Both of those guys are primarily slot receivers.
Washington signed WR Curtis Samuel to a 3-year, $34.5 million deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's a nice landing spot. Samuel is familiar with OC Scott Turner's offense after spending 2018 and 2019 with him in Carolina. And he should slide right in as the clear #2 WR behind Terry McLaurin. Samuel improved his numbers all 4 years with the Panthers, culminating with a 77-851-3 line this past season. He also carried 72 times over that 4-year span, including a 19-130-1 line under Turner in 2019.
RB Lamar Miller has re-signed a 1-year deal with Washington, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Miller joined the team in the middle of last December but never hit the field. He turns 30 in April and will just be insurance behind RBs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic in Washington.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has agreed to a 1-year deal with Washington, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The contract would pay the veteran $10 million, with an additional $2 million available through incentives. Fitzpatrick is reportedly expected to open camp as the starter, with Taylor Heinicke competing. Kyle Allen also remains in the mix. We'll see whether Washington adds more to the QB room via the draft. Fitzpatrick gets a mediocre group of pass-catchers with his new team, though WR Terry McLaurin looks like the best wideout he will have played with in a while. Fitzpatrick now looks OK as a late 3rd QB in best-ball drafts. And although it seems a little strange, Fitzpatrick looks like the best QB McLaurin will have had through his 3 pro seasons.
JP Finlay of NBC Sports reports that Washington has agreed to a new 1-year deal with K Dustin Hopkins, which will keep him from reaching unrestricted free agency. Hopkins saw his FG attempts and extra-point tries increase last year over the previous 2 seasons. His new contract keeps him worth targeting as 1 of your 3 kickers in FFPC best-ball drafts.
Washington will re-sign K Dustin Hopkins, according to NBC Sports' JP Finlay. Hopkins has been with the team since 2015, converting 84% of his FG attempts and 95% of his XPs. He finished 16th among Ks in fantasy points last year. Hopkins isn't a great fantasy option, but his job security makes him a fine pick in early drafts.
Washington RB Antonio Gibson (toe) is active for tonight's game against the Buccaneers. That comes as no surprise after Gibson played through the injury last week. He remained limited in his 2 practice appearances this week, though, and gets a terrible matchup. The Bucs finished the season ranked 1st in Football Outsiders' run-defense DVOA.
Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Buccaneers, as expected. He's reportedly playing on a high-ankle sprain, though, and will play without QB Alex Smith. As reported, Smith is inactive, leaving Taylor Heinicke to start. McLaurin missed the Week 16 game against Carolina that included Heinicke's only action so far this season.
Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game vs. the Bucs. He got in 2 limited practices this week. McLaurin returned last week, running a route on 97% of pass plays and posting a 7-40-1 line on 8 targets.