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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.

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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.

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.

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