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|Curtis Samuel might be the biggest beneficiary of the switch to the new coaching staff. Rhule and Brady have made it clear that they understand Samuel is excellent with the ball in his hands, and is more than just a guy who can run fast and go deep. Last season, Samuel was targeted deep but Kyle Allen's poor accuracy on deep throws led to Samuel only catching 54 balls, on 105 targets.
Samuel is certainly very fast; he ran a 4.31 40-yard-dash, even faster than Moore. But what stands out about Samuel on tape is that he is very quick in short areas, meaning he would be excellent from the slot or on end arounds. They should try to get the ball in his hands quickly and let him work, and it sounds like that is what the new coaches want to do. They brought in Robby Anderson to play on the outside opposite of Moore, enabling Samuel to play in the slot, or as a gadget player to surprise defenses.
This should suit him well, and even if his target volume comes down a bit he should be far more efficient. Bridgewater showed last season he is an accurate passer and is great at anticipatory throws in the short and intermediate areas. This should help Samuel tremendously. Samuel is an excellent late-round option and has the potential to far out-produce that draft position.
| Curtis Samuel expected to play, McCaffrey listed as Doubtful|
Panthers WR activated of COVID-19 list
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Dec 11, 1:29 pm
|Matt Rhule says he expects all three of the guys who were activated today -- Curtis Samuel, Shaq Thompson and Derrick Brown -- to play. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With D.J. Moore still on the COVID-19 list, Robby Anderson and Samuel will be the two top targets for Teddy Bridgewater against the Broncos. The Broncos have given up just three 100-yard receiving games this season.
| D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel placed on COVID-19 list|
Also dealing with sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 7, 11:12 am
|#Panthers WR D.J. Moore is among the players being added to the COVID-19 reserve list, source said. A key offensive weapon. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Moore is also dealing with a sprained ankle suffered in Week 12. We could see a lot of Robby Anderson against the Broncos in Week 14. The Panthers placed 8 players on the list today included Curtis Samuel so it remains to be seen who is in danger of missing Week 14.