Chris Simms says Curtis Samuel is a ‘perfect complement’ to Terry McLaurin

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Chris Simms says Curtis Samuel is a ‘perfect complement’ to Terry McLaurin originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football Team has been making moves in free agency. Big moves.

Most glaringly, an issue the WFT faced heading into the 2021 offseason was their need at the quarterback position. On Monday, they inked veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $10 million deal which can reach up to $12 million with incentives. Fitzpatrick performed well in Miami before handing the reins over to Tua Tagovailoa. In his 16th season, Ryan brought the ‘Fitzmagic’ to the Sunshine State, achieving his highest-ever completion percentage (68.5). QB? Check.

Terry McLaurin has been D.C.’s best pass-catcher for two whole seasons now. Perhaps the best WR out of the 2019 draft class, McLaurin was able to thrive in Washington despite shaky QB play. Now that Fitzpatrick is in the picture, Washington’s front office wanted to give him more passing options to complement McLaurin. On Wednesday, the WFT signed dynamic wideout Curtis Samuel from the Panthers to a long-term deal: three years, $34.5 million. WR? Check.

With Washington shoring up their roster on both sides of the ball—they signed DB William Jackson III to bolster the secondary as well—the NFL has officially been put on notice. Chris Simms, analyst on Pro Football Talk Live, thinks signing the speedy WR is an excellent move for the WFT.

“I will say this: Washington with Curtis Samuel? Me likey a lot, okay. You know I like me some Curtis Samuel,” Simms says. “They got Curtis Samuel, they got William Jackson on the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. I look at Washington and I go, ‘Let’s not sleep on them.’”

 

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Indeed, after a quiet start to free agency, Washington’s made several splashes over the last 72 hours; so much so that Pro Football Focus ranks them as having the second-best free agency thus far behind only New England. Signing Samuel, Simms says, will make for an excellent pairing with his former Ohio State teammate, Terry McLaurin.

“But man, Curtis Samuel is the perfect complement to a guy like McLaurin. McLaurin, a little more of a straight-line guy, gonna scare the hell out of you. You have Samuel, another big-play guy, but also the kind of guy who can catch a screen and the speed sweeps and do all that,” Simms says.

Curtis Samuel gave Carolina some insurance last year after losing all-pro running back Christian McCaffrey to injury for most of the season. Along with Mike Davis, Samuel and fellow receiver Robby Anderson made up for some of the explosiveness that disappeared along with McCaffrey.

Keep your eyes on D.C. in 2021, says Chris Simms. Their signings will give the offense a new look, one that other teams should be keen on stopping. “You talk about what they got at running back with Antonio Gibson, McLaurin, Curtis Samuel. All of a sudden you go, ‘Whoa, watch out, that could be a really explosive offense.’ And you know Ryan Fitzpatrick is certainly not shy in trying to chuck the ball down the field.”