Curtis Samuel on how 'crazy' it feels to be reunited with Terry McLaurin

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Curtis Samuel on how 'crazy' it is to be reunited with McLaurin originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin first discussed the idea of being on the same NFL team together as freshmen at Ohio State. However, the two weren't naive; as cool as that outcome sounded, the chances of it actually happening were lower than the pair's 40-yard dash times.

But Samuel — who entered the league a couple of seasons before McLaurin did — became a free agent for the first time earlier this week, and the Panthers chose to let him move on as opposed to agreeing on a second contract.

That's when he realized that a reunion with McLaurin was possible, and as he explained in a press conference on Friday, that idea was a driving force behind his decision to eventually sign with Washington

"I'm like, 'Hold on, wait. I've got the opportunity to play with him?'" Samuel said. "Just being able to link back up and being able to play with each other is amazing.

"It's crazy, just because I was watching the draft when my boy Terry got drafted. We always talked about being teammates in the NFL, but that's far-fetched. You just never know what can happen."

Well, thanks to Samuel's connection with McLaurin, plus his appreciation and familiarity with Ron Rivera and Scott Turner, that long-shot dream is now a reality — one that will no doubt benefit Washington's offense.

With the two former Buckeyes now on the same depth chart, Rivera and Turner will feel a lot better about the unit overall. Samuel had his best campaign as a pro last year in Carolina, while McLaurin should progress into the upper, upper echelon of receivers because he now has a revered target across from him.

What's interesting about McLaurin — and this is hard to imagine now, considering how quickly he's transformed into a defensive back's nightmare — is that he wasn't initially coveted coming into the league. Washington was able to nab him in the third round, after all, and most of the chatter about him following the selection was tied to his special teams contributions.

Samuel, however, never once doubted No. 17's skill set. He witnessed it firsthand at practice in Columbus and merely waited for everyone's opinion to catch up to his.

"Other people might've had uncertainty about his career," Samuel said. "I knew exactly what he was going to do when he got to the NFL. He's a 1,000-yard receiver, without a doubt. The more opportunities you get, the more you have to show. I wasn't surprised."

Another talent of McLaurin's, which he's displayed often with Washington thanks to his consistent on-field success, is his dancing. He's absurdly humble and is reticent to be the center of attention, yet when he scores, he's not afraid to get loose.

According to Samuel, though, that was one aspect that McLaurin did in fact need help with back in school.

"Terry ain't going to tell y'all, but I really taught him how to dance," he said. "He came in with not much swag dancing, but I helped him out a little bit."

Fortunately, with how free agency unfolded, the receivers are set to help each other out in many, many additional ways in the future.