How Samuel pairs with Terry McLaurin, Ryan Fitzpatrick
The final piece of the puzzle is how Samuel fits with the other personnel Washington already has. The answer is very well.
We already hit on how he and Antonio Gibson could mesh, so we’ll focus on Terry McLaurin and Ryan Fitzpatrick here.
Samuel is an excellent complement to McLaurin. Both are fast and dynamic, but McLaurin’s skills are better suited to play outside and to win with his route running. Samuel is a bit more versatile and also is, believe it or not, a bit faster and more explosive than McLaurin. If defenses focus too much on McLaurin, Samuel will get open. If they don’t focus enough on McLaurin, he will find a way to produce at a high level.
Oh yeah, the two were also teammates at Ohio State, so there’s already some camaraderie in that receiver room. That should help them click and figure out the best way to work off one another.
As for Samuel’s fit with Ryan Fitzpatrick, it should be a good one. Fitzpatrick is a gunslinger at the quarterback spot. He takes chances a lot and will try to force-feed his playmakers, and ESPN’s John Keim outlined that agents want their clients to play with him as a result.
Fitzpatrick’s strategy does backfire sometimes, yes, and these are agents talking, not players. But there does appear to be some draw toward playing with Fitzpatrick. Also, since Samuel is so good with the ball in his hands, having a quarterback that’s not afraid to target him will help.
It’s probable that Fitzpatrick will learn to love throwing to Samuel. He should have plenty of open space thanks to McLaurin. What’s not to like about this fit? Samuel pairs well with both and gives Washington four strong weapons on offense in McLaurin, Gibson, Thomas, and now Samuel.
We’ll soon see where this all goes, but on paper, there’s a lot to like about how Samuel fits with the Washington Football Team.