Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Curtis Samuel's jump from year 2 to 3 "has been amazing." Samuel struggled with injuries for the first year-and-a-half of his NFL career. But over the final 6 weeks of last season, he tallied 22 catches, 315 yards and 2 scores, adding another 41 yards on 4 carries. Samuel ranked 31st among WRs in PPR points during that span. The former 2nd-rounder is capable of finishing at least that high in 2019.
The Panthers are shutting down QB Cam Newton for the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a smart move by Carolina. Newton's shoulder has obviously become a bigger problem over the past few weeks, and the Panthers are all but eliminated from the playoff picture. We'll see if Newton needs another surgery on that shoulder or if some rest will get him back to 100%. His absence will leave Taylor Heinicke as Carolina's starter for the last 2 weeks. Undrafted out of Old Dominion back in 2015, Heinicke has attempted just 5 regular-season NFL passes. He's not a Week 16 fantasy option and is a downgrade for all of Carolina's skill-position guys. RB Christian McCaffrey is the only reliable fantasy play on the team.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bucs after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Ron Rivera said Friday that he’s “optimistic” about Funchess’ status. If active, he’ll be no better than a risky WR3. But Funchess’ return would make WR Curtis Samuel impossible to trust in fantasy lineups. WR D.J. Moore remains a WR2 with upside.
After sitting out on Wednesday, Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) put in a full practice on Thursday. He'll play against the Bucs this weekend, but his fantasy viability hinges on whether WR Devin Funchess returns.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, and it's possible this was more of a rest day. Check back tomorrow for an update on Samuel's status.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Frankly, we like Carolina's offense better with D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel as the top 2 WRs.
Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. The veteran has played 69% of the offensive snaps and averaged 4.5 targets per game. WRs D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel should pick up extra playing time this weekend, but neither is a strong fantasy option in a tough matchup.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is expected to miss Sunday's opener against the Cowboys after having a procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We don't have a timetable for his return, although Rapoport makes it sound like he won't be out long. Samuel is fighting for a role in Carolina's passing game and isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues right now.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) is participating in this week's OTAs. (Here's video of him running a route.) A broken ankle and ligament damage ended Samuel's rookie season last November and required surgery. He had previously said that he was aiming to get back on the field for training camp, so he's seemingly ahead of schedule. The former 2nd-round pick remains an intriguing prospect but will be hard-up for targets this year alongside Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey.
The Panthers made Maryland’s D.J. Moore the 1st WR off the board, selecting him with the 24th overall pick. Moore checked in as the #1 WR in our pre-draft rankings. His college numbers don’t jump off the page, but consider that Maryland never ranked better than 102nd in passing yards or 92nd in passing TDs in Moore’s 3 seasons there. He finished top 2 on the team in catches, yards and TDs all 3 years. And in 2017, he accounted for a whopping 45.7% of the team’s catches, 52.3% of the yards and 53.3% of the TDs. Moore is silky smooth on tape with solid route running and after-the-catch ability. He tested as a 97th percentile athlete at the Combine. While he doesn’t have prototypical size at 6’0 and 210 pounds, Moore checks every other box. He joins a Panthers WR corps that includes Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright. Moore should immediately challenge for a starting spot and could even challenge Funchess for the #1 WR title this year.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera conceded on Tuesday that there's no timetable for WR Curtis Samuel's return to football activities. He's still rehabbing from a significant November ankle injury that required surgery. Samuel is running "a little bit," according to Rivera, but isn't doing any cutting. There's been nothing to suggest that he won't be ready for the start of the season, but any missed practice time is bad news for a guy who didn't do much as a rookie. Samuel isn't worth a look until the final few rounds of early best-ball drafts.
The Panthers have signed WR Jarius Wright. Although never a real fantasy factor in Minnesota, Wright sports a strong 66.5% career catch rate and 13.3 yards per catch. He's also familiar with OC Norv Turner's offense, having spent 3 years in it in Minnesota. Wright will battle for snaps and targets with Torrey Smith and Curtis Samuel behind Devin Funchess.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is "optimistic" that he'll be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone and ligament damage to his left ankle, according to insider Jordan Rodrigue. Samuel is still in a boot and has no concrete timetable for a return to the field. The fact that he's not a lock for training camp -- over 6 months away -- is a concern. Samuel needs all the reps he can get after a mostly quiet rookie campaign.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel will miss the rest of the season with his ankle injury, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. It's a tough break for a guy who was in for a significant role down the stretch. Luckily for Carolina, TE Greg Olsen is expected to be ready after the Week 11 bye. They now have only Russell Shepard, Kaelin Clay and Brenton Bersin behind Devin Funchess on the WR depth chart.
Update: Samuel will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle, the team announced.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel injured his left ankle in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Dolphins. He put no weight on the leg as he was helped off the field. Samuel was having his best game of the season before exiting, hauling in 5 of 7 targets for 45 yards. We'll update his status when we learn more.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (back) isn’t listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He’ll play against the Lions on Sunday after missing last week’s game. The rookie has just 43 total yards through appearances and isn’t a fantasy option.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (back) is out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. We don’t have any details on the injury — but Samuel has struggled staying healthy early in his pro career. His absence leaves Russell Shepard as Carolina’s #3 WR.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, according to insider Jordan Rodrigue. Samuel tweaked his ankle in the preseason finale but appears on track to play against the 49ers on Sunday. The rookie missed a ton of time this offseason and won't be an early-season fantasy option.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel injured his ankle in Thursday's preseason finale. No word yet on the severity. Samuel was already behind after missing about 2 weeks in early August with a hamstring problem. The rookie won't be an early-season fantasy option.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was in pads for Wednesday's joint practice with the Titans, according to Max Henson of the team's official website. As far as we know, it's just the rookie's 2nd full practice since camp opened. Samuel has a ton of catching up to do and won't be a fantasy option early this season. We'll see if he emerges as a waiver-wire target at some point.
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