Washington Football Team: Return of Curtis Samuel proved important

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Curtis Samuel #10 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball after a reception against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Curtis Samuel #10 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball after a reception against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Curtis Samuel’s return proved to be important for the Washington Football Team.

The Washington Football Team suffered a serious setback very early on in their Week 4 contest with the Atlanta Falcons. Tight end Logan Thomas has proven himself to be a star over the last two seasons. He left the game in the first quarter due to an injury and didn’t return.

Usually, this is an obstacle that they probably wouldn’t be able to overcome. But this week coincided with another star’s return: Curtis Samuel. That return proved very important.

If you just look at the box score, you probably won’t be very impressed with Samuel’s debut. The wide receiver recorded just four receptions for 19 yards. However, there’s a lot to look at past the numbers.

How Curtis Samuel joining the Washington Football Team improves their fortunes

The easiest stat to find is the first downs. On three of Samuel’s four receptions, he picked up a first down for Washington. That’s major. He is already proving to be a safety valve. Someone that quarterback Taylor Heinicke can trust when he needs a big reception to get to the sticks.

That’s not all though, look at Terry McLaurin. Now, McLaurin is an absolute superstar — a stud. One of the very best wide receivers in the league. But let’s not pretend like it isn’t going to help him to have the defense focus a little bit less on him.

And how did that work out in his first week with Samuel lining up beside him (or on the opposite side of him)? How does six receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns sound?

This is the most dangerous Washington offense we’ve seen in a little while. They actually have multiple weapons on offense. Antonio Gibson is a star at running back, J.D. McKissic continues to be a monster and prove how underrated he is. And, as mentioned earlier, Thomas is a phenomenal tight end.

Now they have two top-tier wide receivers. His first game in a Washington uniform saw Samuel not put up the biggest numbers, but contribute nicely and make some clutch plays. Imagine what he’ll be able to do once the rust is shaken off and he’s at 100 percent (and Heinicke is a little more comfortable with him).

This game saw Samuel on a snap count. Soon we’ll see him in full force. McLaurin and Samuel. Sounded like a deadly duo on paper, already proving their worth in-game.

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The Washington Football Team is 2-2 and has some tough games coming up. They’ll need their defense to step up, and their offense to continue rolling. Curtis Samuel has already proven he’s going to be an important cog in that offense, and we should all be excited to see what he (and the offense) can do moving forward.