Curtis Samuel is a Football Player. He was born in Brooklyn, on August 11, 1996. The wide receiver was selected by the Carolina Panthers in round 2 and picked 40 in the NFL draft in 2017. He plays fantastically in the fields but nowadays he is suffering from illness.
Despite being sick, Samuel will play Sunday against the Titans. Even though he hasn’t been targeted that often, rookie wideout Jahan Dotson (hamstring) will not be playing. Dotson’s surprising dominance of Carson Wentz’s TD passes (four out of eight) is a big reason why Samuel and Terry McLaurin have only three TDs between them despite having 527 more receiving yards.
While this week’s matchups for Samuel and McLaurin against a weak group of cornerbacks bode well for both players, QB Carson Wentz and his injured offensive line may struggle against Tennessee’s interior pass rush and talented safeties. In Washington’s first three games, Samuel had at least nine targets and one carry each game, but in last week’s 25-10 loss to Dallas, he had just seven targets (4-38-0) and no carries.
There’s Still Something Missing in Rehearsals
Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports that Samuel missed the Commanders’ Thursday practice due to illness.
In an effort to rest and recuperate from his illness, Samuel spent the second day in bed. The Commanders are crossing their fingers that Curtis Samuel will recover enough to play some role in Friday’s game against the Titans, but at this time it is unclear if he will be able to play.
Rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring) has missed two days of practice and was working out of the team’s main area on the sidelines on Thursday, adding to Washington’s concerns about having enough healthy wide receivers for this weekend’s game.
Suffering from Illness
Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports that Samuel will not be at practice on Wednesday due to illness.
With two more practices before Sunday’s game against Tennessee, it’s too soon to be overly concerned about Samuel’s Week 5 status. Samuel’s condition, however, requires close attention. Washington needs Samuel’s versatility against the Titans, as Jahan Dotson (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s game.
Isolated to A Meager 38 Yard-Line
On Sunday, Samuel caught four of six targets for 38 yards as Houston faced Dallas.
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The poor performance of quarterback Carson Wentz meant that Samuel received no carries for the first time all season. Washington’s pass rush was once again a major issue, so even though Samuel has the ability to make big plays, it may be difficult to do so until the team figures out how to fix it.
Repeated Heavy Use
Against the Eagles on Sunday, Samuel caught seven passes for 48 yards on a career-high 10 targets.
A total of 13 yards came from three carries given to Samuel. Even though this was a down game for Samuel compared to his first two games of 2022, his fantasy point total was still respectable and his usage was once again sky-high, giving his fantasy investors reason to feel continued optimism.
After three games, Samuel has been targeted 30 times and has carried the ball eight times. If he can keep up those numbers, he will be a top-20 fantasy steal in 2022.