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.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess is having an "excellent camp," writes the Charlotte Observer's Jordan Rodrigue. WR Curtis Samuel, meanwhile, continues to be sidelined by a hamstring injury. Funchess is locked into a starting spot on the outside opposite Kelvin Benjamin. He's been inefficient through 2 NFL seasons but is a former 2nd-round pick who's still just 23 years old. Funchess is worth a look at his dirt-cheap price tag.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is dealing with a hamstring strain, according to Bill Voth of the team's official site. Samuel reportedly felt "tightness" in the hammy on Thursday and has been sent back to Charlotte to be evaluated. There's no timetable for his return to the field. The rookie was already a long shot for reliable fantasy production this season -- and the missed practice time obviously won't help his cause.
The Panthers plan on using 2nd-round rookie Curtis Samuel primarily as a slot receiver. “That’s why they’re bringing me in there. They feel like I can help the team a lot," Samuel said. "They told me we’re going to do some [RB] too, but they got a great draft pick in Christian McCaffrey, who is a terrific player. I definitely like the way he plays. I’ll be primarily in the slot, but sometimes we’ll both be in the backfield with Cam (Newton). I feel like it’s going to be great.” Samuel racked up 865 receiving yards, 771 rushing yards and 15 total TDs at Ohio State last year. He boasts 4.3 speed and doesn't turn 21 until August. Although he seems a bit redundant to McCaffrey, there's room for both guys to make plays on the ground and in the air. Samuel is worth considering at the end of the 1st round of dynasty rookie drafts and as a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
The Panthers selected Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel with the 40th overall pick of the draft. Samuel started his college career at RB, backing up Ezekiel Elliott in 2014. He started the move to WR the following year and broke out this past season. Samuel led the Buckeyes with 74 catches, 865 yards and 7 TDs — and ran for 771 yards and 8 more TDs on 97 carries. He was the only player in the country to post 700+ rushing and receiving yards. Samuel goes just 5’11, 196 pounds but is electric in the open field and clocked a 4.31-second 40 time at the Combine. He now joins Christian McCaffrey in what should be an explosive Panthers offense. Samuel was announced as a WR and figures to spend the vast majority of his time in the slot.
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