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Last time Samuel worked under Scott Turner (and Norv Turner), we got a season of unrealized air yards. He thrived in 2020 in a system that nearly halved his ADOT and multiplied his backfield snaps. Scott Turner has touted Samuel’s versatility, so we’d bet on more variation to his role than what the 2019 Panthers did. But Samuel’s usage will probably also look different from what the 2020 Panthers did. Ultimately, he lands in a place with plenty of opportunity available. Washington sent 110+ targets to 3 players last year: Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas and J.D. McKissic. Of the 3, only McLaurin belongs in 100+ target territory.
Samuel’s best-ball ADP as of this writing sits right at our WR38 projection for him in PPR. He sports upside from that level if we can get enough good Ryan Fitzpatrick and/or Washington goes heavy on pass volume. (The team finished 2020 as the league’s 9th most pass-heavy.)