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Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Date of Birth:  08/11/1996
Age:  25
Height  5'11"
Weight:   196
College:  Ohio State
Drafted:  2017 | Round 2 | Pick 40
Depth Chart:  Starter

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR


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Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially active for Monday night.

Samuel is back for the Week 12 matchup against the Seahawks after missing the past five games with his groin issue. Samuel has appeared in just two games this season to this point, but he’s been limited throughout, and it was recently revealed that he had groin surgery in the summer. Hopefully the dynamic receiver can stay healthy and have a productive final stretch of the season starting tonight.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially questionable for Week 12.

There appears to be a decent shot of Samuel being able to play against the Seahawks on Monday night, but expect this one to go right up to gametime given how long the dynamic receiver has been dealing with this groin issue.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially inactive for Week 11.

Samuel is getting closer to a return, but this groin issue that’s plagued him since the summer will unfortunately keep him out against his former team.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially listed as questionable for Week 11.

Samuel was able to return to practice on a limited basis to end this week, and we'll see if he can give it a go against his former team on Sunday. It might be an uphill climb for Samuel to play following just one practice after missing so much time.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) has officially been ruled out for Week 7.

Samuel has dealt with this groin issue all season, and he'll miss another game as Washington looks to hopefully get him to full strength at some point this year.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) has been ruled out for the rest of today.

Samuel unfortunately hasn't been able to get right early this season. His day ends with one carry for eight yards.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially questionable to return for Washington.

Samuel's been dealing with this for many weeks now, and unfortunately it's an issue during today's matchup with the Saints after he entered the weekend with a questionable tag. We'll see if Samuel is able to return today.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially active for Washington.

This groin issue unfortunately continues to linger for Samuel, but he’s active for the Week 5 matchup versus the Saints.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is officially questionable for Week 5.

Head coach Ron Rivera said Samuel is trending in the right direction, but he could be a game-time decision for an injury that has lingered. If he plays, Samuel will be a decent FLEX option behind Terry McLaurin on an offense missing Logan Thomas (hamstring).

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) will play in Week 4.

After missing the first three games of the season, Samuel will be activated as early as possible after getting one week of practice in. He'll face the Falcons on Sunday, giving Washington a needed boost as they look to avoid a 1-3 start to the season. Samuel has worked with Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner before in Carolina, and the dynamic receiver is someone to think about adding if you have an open bench spot and he's available in your league.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (groin) is returning to practice.

Washington now has three weeks to activate Samuel off of injured reserve, which is fully expected to happen. The Football Team has an open roster spot now, so perhaps Samuel will be activated later this week ahead of Sunday against the Falcons.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Washington is placing Curtis Samuel (groin) on injured reserve.

The groin simply hasn't responded well for Samuel over the past several weeks, and Washington has opted to place him on IR, which will force him to miss at least three games. The hope will now be that Samuel will be ready to go when he's first eligible in Week 4 after resting over the next few weeks, but we'll see. Ideally, you'll be able to stash Samuel on an IR spot in your league.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel tweaked his groin.

He did this during warmups today at practice and was officially listed as a non-participant. The thought was that Washington and Samuel took things extremely slow with an eye toward Week 1, but it's difficult to be optimistic about the dynamic receiver's status for Sunday's opener at this point. Perhaps Samuel sitting out practice was just a precaution for what's been a cautious approach, but this is getting close to being an "out indefinitely" situation.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Washington activated Curtis Samuel from the PUP list.

Samuel has made enough progress from his groin injury that he can get on the practice field and work his way into game action. This makes us feel a lot better about Samuel’s Week 1 status. He should be ready to go.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Washington placed Curtis Samuel on the PUP list.

Samuel was taken off the COVID list, which is great to hear; but his lingering groin issue is still keeping him out of practice and now onto the PUP list. This falls in line with what Washington head coach Ron Rivera said yesterday, indicating that Samuel is not particularly close to returning. Washington isn't panicking about Samuel's Week 1 status, but it would be nice to see him out there at some point this preseason.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Samuel is also dealing with a minor groin issue, so it's not an ideal start to his first training camp with his new team. Hopefully the dynamic receiver is feeling better soon and can get out on the field in preparation for the start of the 2021 season.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel has been placed on the PUP list.

Samuel is apparently dealing with a groin injury that also kept him out last month, so hopefully he’s able to get to 100% soon. Washington will get a closer look at rookie Dyami Brown and others across from Terry McLaurin for as long as Samuel is on the sideline.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel is signing with Washington.

Samuel is getting three-year, $34.5 million deal, according to multiple reports. Somewhat quietly, Samuel totaled 1,051 yards of offense last season (851 receiving, 200 rushing), showcasing the electric athleticism that made him a second-round pick in 2017. Samuel is still just 24 years old (25 this summer), and he can be a major factor in Washington. The dynamic receiver lands with former Ohio State teammate Terry McLaurin in the exciting receiving corps, and he also reunites with former Panthers offensive coordinator Scott Turner, now the coordinator in Washington. With second-year running back Antonio Gibson also having some positional flexibility, and Samuel able to play some running back himself, Washington has versatile, explosive pieces to work with on offense.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Samuel was a "close contact" and has had enough negative tests to return to the team and practice today ahead of the Week 14 matchup with the Broncos. The dynamic receiver will have FLEX appeal in the first week of the fantasy playoffs, especially with Christian McCaffrey (quad, shoulder) and D.J. Moore (reserve/COVID-19) looking unlikely to play.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

The Panthers have placed Curtis Samuel on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Samuel is a close contact of D.J. Moore, but there should be enough time for him to be cleared by Sunday if he doesn't test positive this week. If so, the explosive weapon would be firmly on the FLEX radar against Denver, and the snaps would come as more of a traditional receiver with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) expected back.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (knee) is officially inactive for Week 6.

Samuel was limited in practice all week, but this is a bit of a surprise. The Panthers will likely lean heavily on Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore in the passing game today versus Chicago.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (shoulder) is officially active for the Panthers.

Samuel was listed as questionable on the Week 9 injury report, but he was expected to be ready to go today against the Titans. The dynamic receiver is a FLEX option for Week 9.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (shoulder) is questionable for Week 9.

We would think Samuel is going to play against the Titans, but his status needs to be monitoring on Sunday morning. Fortunately, fantasy owners should have a replacement ready with the Panthers playing early. Consider the third-year receiver a solid FLEX if he suits up.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel catches 53-yard touchdown in win over the Saints.

Samuel caught two passes for 72 yards and the score, which came deep over the middle from undrafted quarterback Kyle Allen. In 13 games this year, Samuel caught 39 passes for 494 yards and five touchdowns with eight carries for 84 yards and two more scores as a runner. Still just 22 until next August, Samuel has untapped potential and should operate as a clear starter in 2019. The Ohio State product will probably be a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel catches seven passes in Week 16.

Samuel gained 41 yards on his seven receptions, working as a primary underneath target for Taylor Heinicke. The second-year receiver was targeted 13 times in the game (tying Christian McCaffrey for the team lead), but he didn't have a reception over nine yards. Samuel finishes the regular season next weekend against the Buccaneers, and he isn't a highly-recommended fantasy option in standard-sized leagues.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel catches one pass for 17 yards in loss to the Saints.

He also rushed twice for eight yards. Overall, Carolina's offense was basically all Christian McCaffrey, and Cam Newton's only accurate pass that wasn't underneath was to Samuel in the first half. The matchup next Sunday is tremendous against Atlanta, but it might be best to avoid everyone other than McCaffrey in lineups for the fantasy championship.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel stays hot as Panthers fall to 6-7.

Samuel caught four passes for 80 yards in the loss, and he's now gone for lines of 5/55/1, 2/17/1, 6/88, and 4/80 over the past four games. It has been good to see the explosive second-year wideout involved more, so we will see if that remains the case in a huge Week 15 game against the Saints on Monday Night Football. Samuel should be on the FLEX radar.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel totals 96 yards in Week 13 loss.

Samuel caught six passes for a team-high 88 yards, also adding an eight-yard rush. The 2017 second-round pick led the Panthers with 11 targets, and he could be a difference-maker down the stretch if that usage continues against a soft schedule (@ CLE, v NO, v ATL, @ NO). Samuel could probably disappear in any given week if the offense doesn't make it a point to get him touches, but he certainly has the talent to pay dividends as a FLEX option in all formats.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel scores against the Seahawks.

Samuel caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for 25 yards in the Panthers' Week 12 loss. The touchdown was a seven-yarder, and it was Samuel's sixth of the season. The second-year receiver continues to make plays, and he now has four touchdowns in the last four games. Up next, he faces a Bucs team he scored twice against in Week 9.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel scores in Panthers' loss.

Samuel caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Lions, with the scoring coming on a 12-yard fade route where he used his speed to get open off the press and then made a nice back-shoulder catch in the end zone. Samuel had a two-touchdown performance two weeks ago, and he appears to be coming on strong now that he's healthy in his second season. The 2017 second-round pick will look to make it two straight weeks with a score when he faces the Seahawks in Week 12.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel caught four passes for 18 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Steelers.

He also rushed once for one yard, but Samuel's biggest impact came on a fumbled kickoff as the Panthers were destroyed, 52-21. The Ohio State product isn't a recommended fantasy option, but he should continue to make real-life plays for Carolina next week against the Lions.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel scores twice as Carolina improves to 6-2.

Samuel caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown, also adding a 33-yard rushing score on a double reverse. The Ohio State product only has 11 offensive touches this season, but he's turned them into 148 yards and four touchdowns as a big-time weapon with the ball in his hands. We think Carolina should try to get the ball in Samuel's hands more, but even if his role doesn't change, the 2017 second-round pick is as good a weekly flier as anyone thanks to his game-breaking ability. He gets the Steelers on Thursday night.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel caught three passes for 28 yards in Sunday's win over the Ravens.

Samuel looked elusive as he hauled in all three of his targets, and Carolina would do well to keep him involved as they look to keep pace with New Orleans in the NFC South. The Ohio State product is just worth a look in deeper leagues heading into a matchup with the Bucs.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel scores in 21-17 victory over the Eagles.

Samuel rushed twice for nine yards and a score, also adding a 16-yard reception. The second-year receiver was able to get Carolina on the board with a 14-yard touchdown that started a 21-0 run, and his ability as a playmaker was on display as he weaved through Philadelphia defenders. The usage for Samuel will likely remain inconsistent, so he won't be a recommended fantasy option in redraft leagues when the Ravens come to come next Sunday.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel scores first career touchdown in 33-31 victory over the Giants.

Making his season debut, Samuel caught two passes for 37 yards, including an impressive 25-yard touchdown that displayed the game-breaking ability he had coming out of Ohio State. He was written off by many after an injury-plagued rookie year followed by Carolina selecting D.J. Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but Samuel just turned 22-years-old in August, and he could potentially be a dangerous weapon for Norv Turner's offense. For now, he doesn't need to be owned in redraft leagues, but Samuel is someone to at least keep in eye on for this season and beyond.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (medical illness) was a full participant in today's practice.

Samuel missed Carolina's first three games of the season after a procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, but he's ready to go with the team coming off the bye. The 2017 second-round pick will deliver more explosiveness on offense, so his presence is a boost for Cam Newton and company. Samuel is worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues, and it'll be interesting to see how he's used this Sunday and beyond.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Ron Rivera says there is no timetable for Curtis Samuel's return.

Samuel had a procedure for an irregular heartbeat ahead of last week's season opener, and he remains out of practice. It sounds like this is a week-to-week thing, so we'll update you when Samuel is able to get back on the practice field.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (medical illness) did not practice today.

The second-year receiver reportedly had a procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, which is what forced him to miss Week 1. We'll update you on Samuel's practice status tomorrow.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel will likely miss the season opener after undergoing a procedure for an irregular heartbreak, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says it's a "small procedure," so hopefully it's minor enough that it doesn't impact Samuel at all beyond this week. The second-year wideout is currently listed as a third-team receiver on the team's depth chart. He is just a name to keep in mind in deeper leagues right now, but we like his potential if given an opportunity.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Panthers cornerback James Bradberry thinks Curtis Samuel has "taken a leap" this year.

It's interesting to hear players talk about their teammates, as they practice together every day and would notice things others probably would not. Bradberry says Samuel was "really attacking the ball" in training camp, and Max Henson of Panthers.com calls Samuel's performance "extremely encouraging." After dealing with injuries as a rookie, Samuel could become an impact player in 2018 if he remains healthy. He's looking like a good bet for a starting role as a top-three receiver for the Panthers.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

The Panthers have activated wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

Samuel was doing some things on a limited basis as the Panthers took things slow to start camp, but he should now be at least close to a full participant in practice with his teammates. The second-year receiver is attempting to carve out a role as a starter on Carolina's offense. The Panthers would probably like the top three receivers to be Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore, and Samuel, but it's no lock and Samuel will have to earn his role. He's someone to watch closely this preseason.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (ankle) is participating in OTAs.

Earlier this offseason, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera indicated Samuel might not be ready until training camp, so this is a good sign. Samuel is likely limited, but it's still good that he's out there on the field.  The second-year receiver has a nice opportunity to carve out a role as one of the top three wide receivers for Carolina this season, and he's someone worth watching leading up to fantasy drafts this summer.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel is "working toward a return for training camp."

The ankle injury to 2017 second-round selection of the Panthers suffered in Week 10 had ligament damage in addition to the broken bone, the team's assistant athletic trainer Kevin King said. Samuel has been rehabbing for at least three hours every morning, and they are smartly taking a slow-and-steady approach to ensure he gets back to 100%. If Samuel is full-go for training camp, it'd be a big positive as he heads into his second season.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (ankle) is out for the season.

Multiple reports say the rookie suffered ligament damage and will be shut down for the year. It did appear to be a bad injury last night, as it almost looked like a dislocation, so it's not surprising that it's bad enough to end Samuel's season. It's obviously unfortunate for both Samuel and the team, and it looked like he was really starting to emerge in the offense after the trade of Kelvin Benjamin. His rookie season ends with 15 receptions for 115 yards and four carries for 64 yards. Samuel should be 100% for offseason training, and he'll be a solid late-round target in 2018 fantasy drafts as someone with good upside.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel leaves game with apparent left ankle injury.

Samuel had his ankle rolled over in the third quarter after he had a drop in the end zone, and it looked pretty bad— he was helped straight to the locker room without putting any pressure on the ankle. The rookie receiver was having a very good game before leaving—probably his best of the season—as he caught five passes for 45 yards. This looks like it might knock Samuel out for more than the rest of this game, but we should get more information within the next day or two.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel handles four touches in 20-17 win over Atlanta.

Samuel rushed once for 14 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards. The rookie saw extended playing time with Kelvin Benjamin traded, and he and Devin Funchess were the only two wide receivers to catch a pass in the win. Carolina should get Samuel more involved down the stretch, including next week against Miami. He's worth a look in all fantasy leagues.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel totals 26 yards on three touches in Week 8 win.

Samuel rushed once for 11 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards. The rookie likely isn't going to see enough volume in 2017 to have fantasy value at any point. He can stay on the waiver wire heading into a matchup with the Falcons.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel catches one pass in Week 7.

The Panthers tried to get the ball in the rookie's hands a couple of times, as he caught the one pass for 20 yards, but there was also a turnover on a pitch to him. It was an option play, where Cam Newton had what appeared to be a perfect pitch to Samuel, but it was dropped. Newton was given credit for the fumble, but it probably should've gone to the rookie receiver. It's something that might switch within the next few days, so be on the lookout for that if you happened to have Samuel in your fantasy lineup in deeper leagues.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel gets one touch in Week 6.

The rookie receiver took a jet sweep for eight yards on his only carry of the game. It looked like it would've went for a bigger gain, but Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks made a great play to catch up and cut him off. Samuel isn't a reliable fantasy option yet.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (back) remained limited in today's practice.

The rookie receiver will likely be listed as questionable for tomorrow, but he might not play without getting in a full practice with the team.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (back) was a limited participant in practice today.

The rookie receiver did not play on Sunday against the Patriots, but he looks to be headed in the right direction for this week. We'll get more clarity tomorrow and Friday on Samuel's status.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (back) has been ruled out for Week 4.

This is a bit of a surprise, as Samuel practiced in a limited capacity this week, but the rookie will miss his first career game after battling injury issues in training camp. He doesn't need to be owned in standard-sized leagues as a player with durability concerns on an inefficient offense, but he could develop fantasy value at some point in 2017.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel sprints for 31-yards in loss to the Saints.

It was his only carry of the game, and he also caught two passes for five yards. The second-round pick should get more involved as the season progresses, but with Cam Newton struggling, the entire offense is hurt. It's probably safe to keep him on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel makes first NFL catch in Week 2 win.

Samuel caught two passes for seven yards in a field-goal battle between the Bills and Panthers. The dynamic second-round pick should be integrated more into the offense as the season goes on, and he could see more action starting next week, as tight end Greg Olsen is out for several games with a broken foot. Samuel is worth an add in deeper leagues.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel (ankle) is officially questionable for Week 1.

The dynamic rookie receiver from Ohio State practiced fully all week and should be out there for his first game on Sunday against the 49ers. It's probably best to see how much Samuel is used before placing him in your fantasy lineup.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel practiced fully today.

The rookie receiver injured his ankle in the final preseason game, but he's ready for the season opener. Samuel will be a big weapon for Carolina's offense, but he might not be a huge fantasy asset to start the year against the 49ers. It's great to see he's healthy after the injury, though.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel leaves Panthers' fourth preseason game early with ankle injury.

He caught two passes for five yards before exiting, and the injury isn't considered serious. Samuel might start slow this season after missing much of the preseason with hamstring issues—and injuries remain a concern for him—but he's got the talent to eventually make a big impact for Carolina.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel makes NFL preseason debut.

The Panthers rookie receiver played in the Week 3 preseason exhibition against Jacksonville, catching four passes for 15 yards. The game was the former Ohio State Buckeye's first, as he missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury. It looks like the Panthers are going to attempt to get the ball into Samuel's hands, which should add another element to the offense. Samuel is going undrafted in fantasy leagues, but he could deliver some PPR value as a rookie.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

Curtis Samuel participated in individual drills today at practice.

The second-round pick out of Ohio State hasn't practiced for the Panthers since the first day of training camp. Samuel, who was dealing with a strained hamstring, took a few reps in individual drills then rehabbed the rest of practice. Head coach Ron Rivera said, "he’s getting a little bit more work. Hopefully we can increase that tomorrow and Thursday." It sounds like Samuel is close to being a full participant, but he probably won't be playing in the team's second preseason game this Saturday. The rookie is obviously behind after missing so much time, so he's not really someone you should be drafting on your fantasy team as of now.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

The Panthers will use rookie Curtis Samuel "mainly" as a slot receiver.

Max Henson of panthers.com says the the former Ohio State Buckeye will play mainly in the slot, but could be moved around the offense—including to the backfield to get the ball in his hands. The second round pick will likely be in three receiver sets, with Kelvin Benjmain and Devin Funchess starting on the outside. Samuel is a dynamic player that should be a key in helping turn around the Panthers after their down 2016. He could deliver some fantasy value as a rookie.

Curtis Samuel | Washington WR

The Panthers select Ohio State receiver Curtis Samuel with the 40th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Panthers are adding a lot of versatility to their offense, adding Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick last night, and now adding Curtis Samuel. Samuel can play both receiver and out of the backfield, and he has a chance to make a year-one impact for the Panthers. Cam Newton has to be happy with these weapons given to him over the last 24 hours.

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