WR Curtis Samuel - Carolina Panthers
|5-11, 196||Born: 8-11-1996||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 10 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
In a game that finally saw Curtis Samuel become a consistently involved piece of the passing attack, he unfortunately had the injury bug bite again. Prior to the injury (early reports indicate an ankle sprain), Samuel was dragging tacklers on bubble screens and was unlucky not to haul in a back shoulder pass from Cam Newton. His most impressive catch came on an 'over' route as he crossed the field between defenders. Newton's zipped pass found him in a tight area, and despite absorbing a huge hit he held on. Samuel showed his quickness and route-running ability on a couple of shorter routes before sustaining the injury. Bizarrely, the play that he was injured on could have been a touchdown. Samuel seemed to track the ball all the way, but ended up dropping it.
2017 Week 9 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Part of the reason Kelvin Benjamin was shipped off to Buffalo was to increase the involvement of second round rookie Curtis Samuel. The Panthers made an effort to do just that against Atlanta, although an early target on a slant route was placed too far behind him to have a realistic chance of catching. Samuel mainly lined up as a Z receiver opposite Devin Funchess. The rookie made a beautiful toe-tapping catch along the sideline on a deep out. The pass was not zipped as it should have been, and Samuel had to deal with a DB flashing across his face while concentrating on the ball. The passing attack wasn't exactly clicking, however, so Samuel was limited to short catches, his deep prowess never coming into play.
2017 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
With each passing week, the offense ineptitude notwithstanding, the Ohio State rookie Curtis Samuel is seeing his involvement increase. Lining up all the formation, Samuel was primarily used as a receiver in this game, whereas in previous weeks he had been a decoy on jet sweep or an option on screen passes. Samuel showed toughness to absorb a couple of hits on routes from the slot. He performed a minor miracle on a jet sweep heading left, somehow making the defender miss him in the backfield with a swift cut before turning it up the field for a first down. Cam Newton even targeted him deep, but the time Newton had to buy before releasing the ball allowed the defensive back to make up the ground on Samuel and break up the pass.
2017 Week 7 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
It proved to be an inauspicious first touch for the rookie, who lost control of the football on a straightforward option pitch into the right flat. After a scramble of bodies tried to recover it, the bouncing ball was eventually scooped up by a Bears safety, who took it back for a touchdown. Samuel will have been disappointed with his effort to catch the ball which, although it was an end over end pitch, should have been brought in. Samuel saw the field intermittently for the remainder of the game, and came up with a beautiful sideline grab at one point.
2017 Week 6 vs PHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Building on last week's increased usage as an 'offensive weapon' type, Curtis Samuel showed nice acceleration to beat the pursuit on an end around for a handful of yards. The play prior to that saw the shifty former Buckeye draw a pass interference penalty on a quick slant. Samuel was the target of a deep middle Cam Newton pass in the second half, but once again pass interference was called. It was a fortunate break for Newton, who saw the underthrown pass intercepted. Samuel was utilised mostly as a slot option and a jet sweep decoy runner, and saw more snaps when the Panthers went to desperation mode with empty backfields.
2017 Week 5 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Panthers continue to get the rookie receiver snaps, mostly in situations where they can take advantage of his speed on jet sweep looks and quick screens. Samuel was targeted by his quarterback, but each time the passing window was tight and the Lions defenders closed quickly to break it up. Samuel was a fixture of 'window dressing' plays where he would run a jet sweep motion across the formation before a handoff was made.
2017 Week 3 vs NO (5 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec, 1 / 31 / 0 rush)
Rookie speedster Curtis Samuel showed excellent vision and explosion to the edge on a reverse in the first half, igniting an offense that needed a shot in the arm. Samuel's juke move at the end of the run left a Saints defender at a loss as he crumpled to the Bank of America Stadium turf. The Panthers continue to ease Samuel in primarily as a runner and an option in the screen game, where he showed nice cutback ability at times. Unfortunately for him, these plays often came in long yardage situations and the Saints read them well.
2017 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Second-round pick Curtis Samuel missed the bulk of training camp with an injury, so it is not a surprise to see him primarily used a special teams player and return man. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula threw the rookie a bone or two in this contest with plays designed to get him the football in space. The Bills snuffed out a quick screen in the left flat, while a Cam Newton pass on a similar play was thrown too high for Samuel to catch it and run upfield.
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