WR Curtis Samuel - Carolina Panthers

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

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17 vs NO 46 0 0 0 4 2.0 13 0 0 1.3

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 17 vs NO (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Curtis Samuel's first target resulted in a defensive pass interference penalty. As he was attempting to reach for the underthrown pass, the defensive back yanked at him and the referees obliged. Samuel's next target was left too far out in front for him to catch. It was only when Kyle Allen came into the game to replace an injured Will Grier that Samuel came to life, though inaccurate passes meant he couldn't maximise his opportunities.

2019 Week 16 vs IND (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Curtis Samuel became the de-facto number one receiver for the Panthers after D.J. Moore left the game with a concussion. It appeared as if rookie quarterback Will Grier would make it a priority to get Samuel the ball, but an early deep target hung up too long, forcing the receiver to play back through the defensive back to reach it. Samuel was deployed as a rushing attack option on a toss and end around, but in general the offense's dysfunction limited his opportunities. Grier went back to the well with Samuel on a deep pass late in the game, but much like the previous one it was too short and didn't allow the receiver to run underneath it.

2019 Week 15 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 31 / 1 rec, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)

Like last week, the emphasis of offensive coordinator Scott Turner was to get the ball into Curtis Samuel's hands as a runner, as well as a receiver. That intention became clear as Samuel caught a screen pass out of the backfield early on, weaving his way for a first down. On several plays Samuel was used as a jet sweep option, much like the Rams deploy their receivers pre-snap, and he carried the ball effectively. The Seahawks defense struggled to contain Samuel, whose speed to the edge was too much to handle. One such play saw Samuel fall two yards shy of the goal line. As a receiver, Samuel was able to make hay in the short passing game; Carolina stuck with three-step concepts as the game got away from them. An end zone target thrown high into the back-left corner was out of Samuel's reach, but on the next play he connected with Kyle Allen for a touchdown. Samuel, seeing Allen roll right, adjusted his route as the defender in coverage left him to prevent a possible Allen run. The quarterback spotted the opening and flipped a quick pass to a wide-open Samuel.

2019 Week 14 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)

There was a concerted effort by interim offensive coordinator Scott Turner to get the ball into Curtis Samuel's hands. On several occasions Samuel got the football on jet sweeps, as well as a half-back pitch off left tackle and an inside give from the shotgun on third-and-five. The latter play was stuffed immediately. Samuel showed great burst and quickness on end arounds, with a 10-yard carry seemingly an automatic outcome. As a receiver he was unfortunate not to corral an early touchdown pass from Kyle Allen, losing his footing at the crucial moment. Had he caught the pass it would have been a walk into the end zone. The second missed opportunity came on a deep ball from Allen down the right sideline in the second half, with the ball teasingly out in front of Samuel by a couple of yards. Samuel had done an excellent job on the route of stacking the defensive back, but the throw simply wasn't accurate enough.

2019 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)

Things started off swimmingly for Curtis Samuel, who made a beautiful leaping touchdown catch on a corner route in the end zone for a touchdown. Kyle Allen threw the ball intentionally high and 'above the rim', with Samuel bouncing up above the defensive back to secure it before tapping both feet in bounds. Allen and Samuel hooked up soon after on a deep crossing route, with the receiver turning on the speed and leaving the coverage in the dust. However, the next target sent Samuel's way was left a yard too far in front on what should have been a touchdown; the Washington defender had fallen over on the play and Samuel had nothing but green grass in front of him. Samuel dropped a well-thrown pass on a deep out in the second half, a symptom of the team's offensive woes. With the offense struggling, Samuel was not much of a factor in the closing stages, though he made a nice reception as he absorbed a hit in the two-minute drill at the end of the game.

2019 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 4 / 40 / 0 rush)

Curtis Samuel played second fiddle to the unstoppable D.J. Moore among the Carolina receivers in this game, but his impact was very much felt. Knowing that the Saints' front seven was likely to win the battle up front, the Panthers handed Samuel the ball on jet sweeps to keep the defense honest. It worked a charm, with the zippy Samuel breaking off six- and seven-yard gains on each carry. When Kyle Allen tried to get the ball to Samuel as a receiver, often the pass was slightly off, or pressure had forced the quarterback into a rushed throw. Samuel had the ball clang off his hands on a quick slant, with the ball tipped up and almost intercepted as a result. Allen targeted Samuel on a deep ball in the end zone late in the game, with the play resulting in a defensive pass interference penalty.

2019 Week 11 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Like most of the Carolina offensive players, Curtis Samuel endured a torrid day against an Atlanta defense that was revitalised and played with spirit and verve. A quick screen into the right flat was snuffed out early, with Samuel unable to manoeuvre through the traffic. Samuel had to feed on scraps, catching only a handful of short passes. His lone deep target on a fade pattern in the end zone was too high to be hauled in.

2019 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 4 / 35 / 1 rec)

Curtis Samuel took a backseat to D.J. Moore in this game but managed to assert himself as it wore on. An early third-down connection with Kyle Allen was snuffed out, as Samuel's attempt to spin away and reach the line-to-gain was rebuffed. Samuel got into the end zone soon after, though. Lined up in the slot right, Allen rolled right as Samuel ran a quick out. The two were on the same page and linked up with a simple pitch and catch for the score. Samuel only managed to secure one deep target, but the pass was thrown to his back shoulder and he couldn't manage to use the proper technique to get his hands together to make the play. With the footing growing increasingly unsteady due to the snowy conditions, Samuel could only muster a handful of short catches as the Panthers went into comeback mode.

2019 Week 9 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 64 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Curtis Samuel continued to riff with Kyle Allen, with the two linking up on a beautiful deep ball down the right sideline early. The touch on the pass was perfect, flying over a Tennessee defender's outstretched arm and landing perfectly in Samuel's breadbasket. Samuel was targeted on a quick slant in the end zone, but Allen's pass was a little inaccurate in such a tight window and a defender closing on the receiver made the catch a difficult one. Samuel's touchdown came on another red zone opportunity, as Allen showed great toughness against the blitz, floating up the ball for his receiver to attack in the air. Samuel obliged, leaping high above the defender to haul in the football. Samuel could have added a second touchdown catch, but a deep ball thrown his way on a post route was slightly underthrown and allowed a Titans defender to bat it away.

2019 Week 8 vs SF (11 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

On a day to forget for the Carolina passing game, it proved to be a day of 'almost' for Curtis Samuel. Early in the game, Samuel was the target of a deep ball in the back corner of the end zone, the football just a yard or two out of his reach as he made a despairing attempt to haul it in. Kyle Allen went back to the deep ball well later in the game, but this time a streaking Samuel couldn't catch up to the quarterback's pass, which was thrown too far out in front. Samuel was largely a non-factor despite leading the team in targets, but the 49ers defense marshalled him well and did not give the Panthers a sniff overall.

2019 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 1 rush)

Curtis Samuel produced every time he was called upon in this game, building trust with Kyle Allen and displaying his lightning-quick speed and playmaking ability. A deep target down the left sideline early in the game sailed out of bounds, but Allen came back to Samuel on a deep over route on consecutive targets, laying the ball out for his receiver to run on to for big chunks of yardage. Samuel scored on both rushing and receiving touchdowns, with the former coming on a sweep. The speedy receiver turned on the jets as he raced to the perimeter, beating the chasing defenders for pace. His receiving touchdown came on a beautifully thrown back shoulder pass at the right pylon, with Samuel rising high to use his body and box out the defensive back for the score.

2019 Week 5 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)

The Panthers featured Curtis Samuel as a runner on a couple of plays in this game, including the very first offensive play. With Jacksonville lined up to stop an inside run, presumably to snuff out the Christian McCaffrey threat, Samuel was handed the ball on an end around, scooting off the left side for a first down carry. Later, offensive coordinator Norv Turner went back to the same play, only this time on a sweep. Samuel's speed proved too much for the Jaguars to contend with. As a receiver, Samuel was targeted on a quick slant in the end zone, but Kyle Allen's pass was too high for the short pass catcher to haul in. Samuel almost got into the end zone on a well-executed end around late in the game but was tackled yards shy. With Carolina trying to seal the game on a late third down play, Allen tossed a looping deep ball up to Samuel deep down the right sideline. The defender had excellent position and appeared to intercept the effort, but it was ruled incomplete after review.

2019 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Curtis Samuel popped off the screen multiple times in this game as he continued his strong progression. He and Kyle Allen have a strong connection and it was on display from early on in this game. Allen fired a deep ball in Samuel's direction down the left sideline, with a defensive pass interference flag gaining the offense 40 yards or so as Samuel was bumped. Allen went back to Samuel on another deep target not long after, but it was laid out just a few inches out of his reach. Samuel excelled on timing patterns where the defensive back's cushion allowed him room to work. He made a spectacular toe-tapping catch on the sideline, hauling in the pass as he was already bent over and falling to the turf. Allen continued to pepper him with deep targets, but the two were unable to connect.

2019 Week 3 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec)

The Arizona defensive backs afforded speedster Curtis Samuel a generous cushion in the early stages, allowing the receiver to get open on quick slants and hitches - and giving Kyle Allen some easy throws to settle him down. Samuel showed dynamism throughout the game and bailed his quarterback out on his first touchdown pass, sprinting to the back-right pylon as Allen rolled out that direction, throwing Samuel a perfect pass. Samuel could have hit pay dirt a second time, but Allen's attempted pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage, with the receiver ready to accept the ball into his hands at the back of the end zone. Samuel had a concentration drop at the end of the game as the Panthers ran a jailbreak screen off to the trips receiver set on the right side. Had he caught the football, he would have had nothing but green grass ahead of him - and likely another touchdown - as the Cardinals had sent a house blitz.

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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