WR Curtis Samuel - Carolina Panthers

5-11, 196Born: 8-11-1996College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): A much larger game was there for Samuel if Cam Newton was accurate or had more time to throw. The results weren't bad for fantasy, but they can get better if Newton or the line improves.

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Good matchup. Now 30 years old, and has undergone two shoulder surgeries over the past two years, Cam Newton is struggling. He's been erratic all over the field, but particularly on deep balls (15+ yards), where he's completed just 3 of 10 attempts thus far. As a result, neither D.J. Moore nor Curtis Samuel has been able to create much downfield magic. Moore has been dependable in the No. 1 role, catching 67% of his targets, but has averaged just 10.3 yards apiece. He's yet to find the end zone or even record a play of more than 18 yards. Samuel did make a great deep catch last Thursday, skying over Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargeaves for a 44-yard gain, but hasn't exactly been unleashed yet (just 7.2 yards per target thus far). At least 34-year-old Greg Olsen looks spry and recovered from foot surgery, working the seams as a security blanket with plenty of foot-speed left. Newton's Week 3 availability remains up in the air; if he can go, the team will keep having to manufacture production with after-the-catch yardage. Moore and Samuel are dynamic athletes, while Christian McCaffrey may be the game's best pass-catching back. There's enough talent to keep this attack afloat with Newton under center, but a move to undrafted youngster Kyle Allen would ding the whole group. Allen looked serviceable in Week 17 of last year, going 16-of-27 for 228 yards and 2 scores against the Saints. But he's not to be trusted yet in fantasy - and most of his supporting cast goes into wait-and-see status. With All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson in the lineup, the Cardinals still field a subpar pass defense, but he remains suspended. Without him, this is one of football's worst units. Late moves and miscommunications have resulted in far too many splash plays to open the year. In Week 1, the Lions got their passing game on-track with 385 and 3 touchdowns. And last Sunday, Lamar Jackson continued his torrid start to the season, hitting on 24 of 37 for 272 and 2 more scores. Peterson's replacements, Tramaine Brock and Chris Jones, have been shaky on the outside, and rookie slot man Byron Murphy has been beaten frequently. The cornerback play has been bad, but thus far, opposing tight ends have caused the most damage. T.J. Hockenson (6 for 131 and 1 touchdown) and Mark Andrews (8 for 112 and 1) have exploited major vulnerabilities over the middle and up the seams; both made huge downfield plays that came far too easily. This is a unit that could allow Greg Olsen to have one more big game that we have seen many times throughout his career.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs LAR 62 0 0 0 4 3.0 32 0 0 3.2
2 vs TB 77 1 2 0 13 5.0 91 0 0 9.3
3 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 3.7 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3.7 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 3.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Curtis Samuel's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs TB (13 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Curtis Samuel announced himself in this game with a deep 44-yard reception against man coverage, executing a beautiful double move to beat the defensive back. Samuel had plenty of room to work with, but with the ball thrown a little shy of where it needed to be, he had to wait on it and got tackled. A subsequent deep target right sailed out of bounds. In the short game, Samuel had less success than his counterpart D.J. Moore, but he showed more variation in his routes. Samuel showed good understanding on a hitch route, running just past the sticks before planting his foot and turning back to Cam Newton. Samuel was unable to haul in a pass on a shallow crossing route from Newton on third down, with the ball thrown behind him. With the Bucs blitzing on the play, it appeared Samuel would have had room to work with. Samuel stayed involved as the game reached its climax, managing to catch a pass even as his facemask was being yanked.

2019 Week 1 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Curtis Samuel was unable to carry forward his momentum from the preseason into the first live game action. He slipped and fell on his first catch, preventing him from turning up the field. After that Samuel came alive, adjusting well on a comeback route near the sideline and showing off his trademark speed on a shallow crossing route catch and run. Samuel put on a move Neo from the Matrix would have been proud of later, securing a pass before ducking under a would-be tackler and scooting up the field for bonus yardage. Samuel was wide open on a streak pattern down the right sideline on a crucial third down in the second half, but Cam Newton's pass was too far in front to be hauled in.

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Latest News

Panthers | Curtis Samuel active Thursday night (Fri Sep 13, 12:46 AM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel caught five passes for 91 yards on 13 targets Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.

Our View: Samuel's solid stat line hides a performance that could have been at least at 150 yards and a score if not significantly more. Cam Newton was either pressured or inaccurate as Samuel was getting open at every level of the field. The Arizona matchup next week is promising.
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Schedule

3@ Arizona Cardinals
4@ Houston Texans
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ San Francisco 49ers
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Atlanta Falcons
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs Seattle Seahawks
16@ Indianapolis Colts
17vs New Orleans Saints