Samuel lost six yards on two touches in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.
Analysis: Samuel's second year in Washington went much better than the first, as he played more than half the offensive snaps in all 17 games after taking only 84 snaps total the year before while plagued by lower-body injuries. His healthy 2022 started with averages of 9.0 targets and 66.4 total yards over the first five weeks, before he shifted to a more ground-based role after Carson Wentz was benched and averaged 4.3 targets and 3.5 carries over an eight-game stretch Week 15. Samuel was less involved at the very end, however, managing three touches for a net of zero yards over the last two weeks, and he could be released or traded this offseason now that Washington's WR room appears in good hands with Terry McLaurin and 2022 first-round pick Jahan Dotson. The team could look to move on from the 26-year-old Samuel, whose non-guaranteed $10.2 million base salary in 2023 would make him one of the most expensive No. 3 receivers in the league.
Jan 9, 2023 11:05 AM EST
Samuel caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Samuel's best stretch of the season came with Carson Wentz playing quarterback in September, but things went different in Wentz's return to the starting role. The Commanders might even turn back to Taylor Heinicke for Week 18 against Dallas, though it'll be hard to trust Samuel in any scenario after he averaged only 4.3 targets per game in Heinicke's nine starts. Samuel did at least get 3.2 carries for 15.6 yards in those games, whereas Sunday's loss marked his first outing without a carry since the last time Wentz started (Week 6).
Jan 2, 2023 10:58 AM EST
Samuel caught all five of his targets for 52 yards and a touchdown while rushing once for two yards in Saturday's 37-20 loss to San Francisco.
Analysis: Samuel was stymied on the ground for the second week in a row, but he offset that with his first receiving touchdown since Week 9. The Commanders' slot man has been a sneaky fantasy asset in 2022 with his unique mix of receiving and rushing numbers -- 843 combined yards and five touchdowns -- a skillset that vaguely resembles a player on the 49ers' roster who shares the same last name. Samuel will look to continue his hot play against the Browns on New Year's Day.
Dec 24, 2022 9:06 PM EST
Samuel caught three of five targets for 44 yards and rushed five times for one yard in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Samuel's five rushing attempts tied his previous season high, but the one rushing yard produced was his worst total with an attempt. The Giants were able to snuff out the veteran wideout's designed runs, perhaps studying the team's tendencies from their recent matchup two weeks ago. Samuel was effective as an actual receiver, producing 107 yards over his last two games after totaling just 28 receiving yards over his previous three. Samuel and the Commanders draw a tough matchup against the 49ers on Saturday, so his usual flex value likely takes a hit in Week 16.
Dec 18, 2022 11:21 PM EST
Samuel brought in six of seven targets for 63 yards and rushed three times for 23 yards in the Commanders' 20-20 tie with the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel checked in second in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon while logging the third-most targets. The versatile wideout's afternoon was his busiest in terms of total touches since Week 7, while his receiving yardage total was his third highest of the campaign. Samuel gets another crack at the Giants defense in Week 15 following Washington's Week 14 bye.
Dec 4, 2022 4:19 PM EST
Samuel wasn't targeted in Sunday's 19-13 win over Atlanta, finishing with four carries for 13 yards on a season-low 60 percent of snaps.
Analysis: Samuel had season lows for targets and snap share the week before and went even lower against Atlanta, though he did take multiple carries for a fifth time in the past six games. He's seen four of fewer targets in five straight now, with his new role perhaps more conducive to team success but doing no favors for his fantasy value. While useful in real life as a dual threat, Samuel can't be relied on for much in fantasy at this point as the Commanders prepare for a Week 13 game against the Giants and then a late by in Week 14.
Nov 28, 2022 12:53 PM EST
Samuel caught one of two targets for 10 yards and rushed twice for 18 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Samuel's fantasy day was salvaged by a 10-yard rushing score that came early in the second quarter of Sunday's victory in Houston. Otherwise, the versatile 26-year-old has been limited to a combined 14 targets across Washington's last four contests, though he's somewhat made up for the lack of passing-game looks with nine carries in that same stretch. Samuel also played a season-low 40 offensive snaps Sunday, but the Week 12 matchup versus the Falcons contains upside for all Commanders' offensive players.
Nov 22, 2022 4:39 PM EST
Samuel (shin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Houston, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Samuel will play for an 11th time in as many games this season, after making only five appearances his first year in Washington. He's accounted for only 20 of the 113 targets (17.7 percent) from Taylor Heinicke while Terry McLaurin has seen 36 (31.9 percent), but the Commanders have gotten Samuel more involved in the run game to make up for it, with the 26-year-old averaging 3.5 carries for 20.8 yards through four Heinicke starts. The Commanders haven't committed to Heinicke beyond Week 11, and it's possible an eventual shift back to Carson Wentz (IR - finger) could lead to more targets for Samuel down the stretch.
Nov 18, 2022 10:07 AM EST
Samuel (shin) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
Analysis: The Commanders may be exercising the utmost caution with Samuel after he was limited to five appearances with the team in 2021, capping his reps so far this week. He'll have one more chance to get back to all activity Friday before he potentially is handed a designation for Sunday's game in Houston. In 10 games this season, Samuel has combined for 617 yards from scrimmage and three receiving TDs on 69 touches.
Nov 17, 2022 1:20 PM EST
Samuel was listed as limited at Wednesday's walkthrough practice due to a shin injury.
Analysis: After an injury-plagued first season with Washington in 2021, Samuel mostly has avoided practice reports this year, only dealing with an illness ahead of Week 5 action. Overall, he's turned 69 touches into 617 yards from scrimmage and three rushing TDs in 10 appearances. With a new health concern in tow, though, Samuel's status will be one to monitor in the coming days as the Commanders prepare for Sunday's contest at Houston.
Nov 16, 2022 2:53 PM EST
Samuel caught two of four targets for 28 yards and rushed four times for 12 yards in Monday's 32-21 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Samuel's biggest contribution hardly registered in the box score, as it was only a one-yard run but converted a 4th and 1 deep in Eagles territory late in the first half. Washington went on to score a touchdown on that drive to take a 17-14 lead that the Commanders never relinquished. This was the third consecutive week in which Samuel tied a season low with four targets after he had been thrown to at least eight times in five of the first seven games. While his rushing opportunities offer a nice little bonus, Samuel does most of his damage through the air, and he'll look to carve out a larger role in that regard against the Texans in Week 11.
Nov 14, 2022 9:36 PM EST
Samuel brought in three of four targets for 65 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for 16 yards in the Commanders' 20-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel was effective in his usual versatile role, leading the Commanders in receiving yards largely on the strength of a 49-yard touchdown grab early in the third quarter. Samuel's receiving yardage total was his highest since Week 2 and second best of the season overall, and he's now recorded at least 50 receiving yards in three straight contests. The talented veteran will likely play an integral once again during a tough Week 10 Monday night road matchup on Nov. 14 against the Eagles.
Nov 6, 2022 3:10 PM EST
Samuel recorded three receptions on four targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts. He added four rushes for 29 yards.
Analysis: Samuel saw a downturn in involvement as a pass catcher, primarily due to Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic combining to account for 12 targets. Nevertheless, Samuel was very efficient as a receiver, tallying receptions of 20, 18 and 12 yards. He also remained involved as a rusher and has at least three carries in four of eight games on the campaign. Despite the positives, Samuel could see his role further decrease once Jahan Dotson (hamstring) is able to return.
Oct 30, 2022 9:24 PM EST
Samuel caught five of eight targets for 53 yards and rushed five times for 26 yards in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Packers.
Analysis: Samuel was involved as both a rusher and a pass catcher, notching double-digit touches for the third time in seven games. His eight targets tied Terry McLaurin for the most looks from quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Samuel should continue to play a prominent role in Week 8 against the Colts.
Oct 23, 2022 3:43 PM EST
Samuel caught two of five targets for six yards in a 12-7 win over the Bears on Thursday.
Analysis: Samuel led the Commanders in targets for a sixth consecutive game to start the season, but this was his third in a row without a carry and fourth in a row with no TD and fewer than 65 total yards. Thursday's performance was his worst of the year from both a fantasy and real-life standpoint, with Samuel dropping what would've been a 40-yard TD late in the second quarter and then dropping a short pass shortly thereafter. He'll face a tough Green Bay secondary in Week 7, though it should at least be a better matchup for volume after the Thursday game saw Carson Wentz throw for just 99 yards on 22 attempts.
Oct 14, 2022 6:36 AM EST
Samuel caught six of eight targets for 62 yards in a 21-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel led the team in targets for a fifth straight game, but he's mostly seeing short passes (4.5 aDOT) and now has gone back-to-back games without a carry after taking eight over the first three weeks. He did get one deep look against the Titans and caught it for a 32-yard gain, helping bump his average up to 8.8 yards per catch for the season (sixth lowest among qualified WRs). Next up for Samuel is a Week 6 road game against the Bears, followed by a home matchup with the Packers in Week 7.
Oct 10, 2022 10:47 AM EST
Samuel (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Rookie wideout Jahan Dotson (hamstring) is ruled out, and while he hasn't seen many targets overall, his surprising dominance of Carson Wentz's TD passes (four out of eight) is part of the reason Samuel and Terry McLaurin have only three combined TDs from 527 combined total yards. Both Samuel and McLaurin get favorable individual matchups this week against a shaky group of cornerbacks, but Tennessee's interior pass rush and talented safeties could spell trouble for QB Carson Wentz and his banged-up offensive line. Samuel got at least nine targets and one carry in each of Washington's first three games, before sinking to seven targets (4-38-0) and no carries in the 25-10 loss to Dallas last week.
Oct 7, 2022 9:45 AM EST
Samuel (illness) was absent from the Commanders' practice Thursday, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Samuel remained home for the second day in a row while he continues to recover from an unspecified ailment. The Commanders will hope that Samuel makes enough progress overnight to return to the field in some capacity Friday, but for the time being, his availability for Sunday's game against the Titans looks to be in flux. Washington is already expected to be down one of its starting wideouts this weekend in rookie Jahan Dotson (hamstring), who was working off to the side at practice Thursday for the second day in a row.
Oct 6, 2022 9:16 AM EST
Samuel is not practicing Wednesday due to an illness, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.
Analysis: Samuel has two more chances to return to practice ahead of Sunday's contest against Tennessee, so it's too early for serious concern about his Week 5 status. That said, Samuel's health will need to be monitored. With Jahan Dotson (hamstring) a candidate to potentially miss time, Washington can scarce afford to have a versatile wideout of Samuel's abilities sidelined versus the Titans.
Oct 5, 2022 9:15 AM EST
Samuel caught four passes for 38 yards on six targets against Dallas on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel saw zero carries for the first time all year, and he otherwise was limited by the poor production of quarterback Carson Wentz. The pass rush was again a big problem for Washington, and until they get that figured out it might be difficult for Samuel to spring the big play, though he certainly has the ability to.
Oct 2, 2022 1:48 PM EST
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