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WR Curtis Samuel - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 15: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Great matchup. In the midst of the most efficient year of his career, Cam Newton has hit a rough patch. Hampered by a shoulder injury and a team collapsing around him, Newton has been at his most erratic of the season over the last two weeks. Despite solid matchups, he's posted a ho-hum 6.8 yards per attempt with 5 interceptions. He's been able to ride volume to solid numbers, but is clearly limited by the shoulder; the Panthers are even replacing him on Hail Mary attempts. Newton's slide has hurt the value of Devin Funchess, who's primarily a deep and jump ball threat. He's dealing with nagging injuries of his own and has caught just a single pass over 61 snaps the last 2 weeks. However, D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey continue to thrive as versatile weapons underneath. Moore is establishing himself as one of the league's more dynamic run-after-catch guys, with 67 yards or more in 3 of his last 4 games. And McCaffrey is already among the gold standard for pass-catching backs. He's caught 86 passes on the year, scoring on 6 of them and posting a pair of 100-yard games. Those two youngsters make up the new face of the Panthers' offense, and they're paying big dividends even with Newton struggling. The Saints pass defense is fast recovering from a dreadful start to the year. In fact, it's looking somewhat similar to last year's dominant unit. Over the past 5 weeks, they've allowed just 238 yards per game, with only one opposing passer (Matt Ryan in a 14-point loss) topping 250. They looked great against both Carson Wentz and Jameis Winston and now stand as a fairly tough fantasy matchup. Marshon Lattimore has bounced back nicely from an early-season swoon, and he's again performing among the league's best cornerbacks. Lattimore is a gambler, always looking to make a play on the ball, and he can be beaten badly when he misses. But he's also a force in man coverage, and quarterbacks don't test him particularly often. Instead, Eli Apple finds himself picked on most outside, and he's been wildly inconsistent from game to game as a Saint. Slot man P.J. Williams has also been beaten frequently and stands as the clear weak spot here. There are definitely ways to beat this unit, in spite of what recent numbers suggest. But as long as the Saints are controlling games and bullying offenses, there's always a low fantasy floor for opponents.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at DET 16 0 0 0 7 5 55 1 0 11.5
12 vs SEA 54 1 25 0 2 2 17 1 0 10.2
13 at TB 58 1 8 0 11 6 88 0 0 9.6
14 at CLE 69 0 0 0 8 4 80 0 0 8
15 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4 * * * *
15 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
15 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 4 * * * *

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

2018 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)

Pocket dynamo Curtis Samuel had a mixed bag against Cleveland, at times producing standout plays, at others letting his team down in crucial situations. Samuel's first catch, a contested grab on a deep crossing pattern, augured well for the offense. A subsequent target on a sideline toss hit the ground as he went down to scoop it. At the end of the first half Samuel secured a couple of catches as the Browns played a shell coverage to take away the deep ball. It wasn't until the second half that Samuel had his most crucial error, a drop on a deep target down the left sideline. He had to adjust and check his route to make a play on the ball, which he did. However, as he came down to the turf the ball jarred loose, erasing a potentially huge play. A late red zone target on a quick out was out of his reach.

2018 Week 13 vs TB (11 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Second-year pro Curtis Samuel played an inspired game against the Buccaneers and staked a claim for a larger role than he currently boasts. After an early target hit the turf, Samuel sprung into life and began to test the Bucs downfield. An end zone target looked to be a touchdown, but the ball hung up for a second too long and the cornerback in coverage batted it down before it could meet Samuel's waiting hands. A target on a post route was broken up by the safety later in the half. Samuel continued to run excellent routes and got open routinely, linking well with Cam Newton in the no-huddle at the start of the second half. Samuel made acrobatic sideline catches and also contributed as a runner in a solid performance.

2018 Week 12 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec, 1 / 25 / 0 rush)

It took some time for Curtis Samuel to be integrated into this game, but eventually he sprung loose with a reverse that went for a big chunk of yardage. Not long after that Samuel was in the end zone, running a crisp slant route - the defensive back fell over in the process - in the red zone and corralling a rocketed Cam Newton pass. Samuel grew into the game from that point and could have had another touchdown had it not been for a defensive pass interference penalty. Samuel had position on the defensive back, only for the Seattle player to drape himself all over him as he tried to make the play at the back corner of the end zone.

2018 Week 11 vs DET (7 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec)

The speedy do-it-all receiver Curtis Samuel is building an established role in this offense, a trend that has coincided with his improvement as an overall player since his return from injury. Samuel's route-running in particular has been a standout, and it stood out in this contest as he consistently got open - even when the targets were not ideally placed. After securing his first catch on a bubble screen that was immediately snuffed out, Samuel found his groove and linked up with Cam Newton on a variety of patterns, keeping the Lions defensive backs guessing. Samuel was rewarded for his consistency in the late stages, reaching pay dirt after a stunning touchdown catch. The play saw Samuel beat the cornerback with a stabbed foot inside before using his acceleration to stack the defensive back. Newton spotted the match-up straight away and threw the ball high to the back of the end zone where Samuel leaped high, extending both arms above his frame to secure the football as he toppled to the turf.

2018 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

After an explosive two-touchdown performance against the Buccaneers, Curtis Samuel came crashing back down to earth along with the rest of the Carolina offense. The Steelers were wise to Samuel on a double reverse, diagnosing the play and snuffing it out before Samuel could even get his bearings. Samuel caught a couple of short passes in the second half as he got more involved in the passing attack, but the Steelers pass rush forced quick releases and he was unable to do any damage downfield.

2018 Week 9 vs TB (4 / 2 / 25 / 1 rec, 1 / 33 / 1 rush)

Curtis Samuel reminded pundits and fans alike in this game why he is consistently potent threat to be feared in this increasingly explosive Carolina offense. After dropping an easy pass on an out route, Samuel refocused and scored a magnificent touchdown on a double reverse. The design - and Tampa Bay's aggressive pursuit - left Samuel with plenty of blockers to work behind (including Cam Newton). Samuel turned into a running back on the play, ducking and weaving past would-be tacklers, running over 100 yards from left to right to get into the end zone. After seeing a target on a hitch pattern broken up, Samuel would make his mark in the passing game as well. With Greg Olsen drawing underneath coverage and no safety help for the cornerback facing Samuel on the play, the quick receiver ran to the post, attacking a perfect Newton pass at its highest point to put the dagger into the hopes of the Buccaneers with a touchdown.

2018 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

The speed demon Curtis Samuel is steadily earning a larger role in the offense, helped by the fact that veteran Torrey Smith missed this game due to injury. Samuel showed nice quickness and made a lovely adjustment on a comeback route catch, following that up later in the half with an excellent recognition of a blitz situation, coming back to Cam Newton. Samuel made another sprawling grab in the second half, corralling a ball that was behind him.

2018 Week 7 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec, 2 / 9 / 1 rush)

Curtis Samuel was rarely used as a weapon in the passing game, but on his sole catch he showed excellent technique to run off the defensive back on a comeback. Samuel's talent as a runner came into play, however, as he dashed into the end zone for the Panthers' first touchdown of the day. Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey attracted the attention of the Eagles defenders with an option pitch look to the left. Meanwhile, Samuel came from left to right and was pitched the ball by Newton. Samuel built up a head of steam and cut upfield to dart into the end zone nearly untouched.

2018 Week 6 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After scoring his first NFL touchdown last week, Curtis Samuel was a non-factor in the passing game. His primary duty was to return kicks, one of which he carried out to the 40-yard line, only to be called back by penalty. It was rookie D.J. Moore who assumed the outside receiver role opposite Devin Funchess, with Samuel only getting spot duty.

2018 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)

After missing the first three games of the season due to a heart problem, Curtis Samuel wasted no time making an impact. On his first catch - a tunnel screen which was perfectly set up - he weaved, dodged and spun past what looked like about five Giants defenders, who whiffed on the tackle multiple times, and extended the football over the goal line to score his first NFL touchdown. Samuel featured often from that point, dragging his toes to haul in a quick out from Cam Newton and barely failing to catch a back shoulder fade that could have been a touchdown. Samuel was the target on a deep ball from his quarterback on the final, dramatic drive, but it was just out of his reach.

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Latest News

Panthers | Curtis Samuel posts 80 yards (Sun Dec 9, 04:41 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel posted four grabs for a team-high 80 yards on eight targets in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Panthers | Curtis Samuel targeted 11 times (Sun Dec 2, 04:29 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel registered six receptions for 88 yards on 11 targets in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Samuel's volume and production was enough to encourage us to play him as a WR3/Flex against the Browns next week even though he didn't score after getting two touchdowns against the Bucs in the first matchup.
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Panthers | Curtis Samuel ready for Tampa (Fri Nov 30, 05:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) practiced in full on Friday, Nov. 30 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 13 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Samuel scored twice in the first matchup with the Bucs and should be considered a boom/bust WR3/Flex for this matchup.
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Panthers | Carolina's injury report for Week 13 (Fri Nov 30, 12:58 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) was a full participant in practice Friday, Nov. 30, but is listed as questionable for Week 13 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. DE Julius Peppers (rest) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 30, but does not appear on the injury report. S Colin Jones (non-injury), TE Chris Manhertz (ankle), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), S Mike Adams (rest, wrist), CB Donte Jackson (quad), C Ryan Kalil (rest), TE Greg Olsen (foot), S Eric Reid (shoulder), WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (calf), WR Torrey Smith (knee) and PK Graham Gano (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.

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Panthers | Full practice for Curtis Samuel (Thu Nov 29, 02:59 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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