Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Washington Football Team
Questionable
Injury Groin
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Despite playing with a below average QB and sharing targets with two quality receivers, Samuel had a breakout of sorts last year, setting career highs in catches, yards and yards per target. He also ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns. As a result, the Football Team signed him to a three-year, $34.5 million contract, making him the complement to rising star Terry McLaurin. At 5-11, 195, Samuel has average size, but like McLaurin, he can fly — 4.31 40, and his athletic marks are similarly superlative — 37-inch vertical, 133-inch broad jump. For 2021, the Team will feature two of the more explosive outside threats in the league. Moreover, the Team signed aging gunslinger Ryan Fitzpatrick, who won’t shy away from taking chances downfield, even at the risk of interceptions and sacks. McLaurin is still the No. 1 option, and tertiary targets Cam Sims and Logan Thomas will have roles, but Samuel should figure prominently in the offense and even contribute occasionally as a rusher. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract with Washington in March of 2021.
Absent from practice again
WRWashington Football Team
Groin
June 9, 2021
Samuel (groin) missed practices Tuesday and Wednesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
ANALYSIS
Samuel was first sidelined one week ago after noticing a "twinge" in his groin. There's still no indication of it being a serious injury, but he could be sidelined until training camp nonetheless, missing out on a few chances to build chemistry with his new team's quarterbacks.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Curtis Samuel's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
46.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.05
 
% Team Air Yards
17.6%
 
% Team Targets
18.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
79.4%
 
Drop Rate
5.2%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.5
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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272%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Curtis Samuel's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.31 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
133 in
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Samuel disappointed in Year 3, despite seeing 105 targets. Part of that was due to Cam Newton being out most of the season and Kyle Allen not being an adequate replacement, but D.J. Moore's efficiency wasn't similarly affected. All told, Samuel managed 11.6 YPC and a meager 6.0 YPT, last among the league's 30 100-target receivers. As a result, the Panthers signed deep threat Robby Anderson to a twoyear deal, likely pushing Samuel to the No. 3 option, and that's not counting tailback Christian McCaffrey and his 142 targets. While newly signed Teddy Bridgewater should be an upgrade from Allen, it's hard to see him generating enough offense for four productive pass catchers. That said, Samuel could see more short, quick throws from the slot, and the offense under new coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady might be more innovative than last year's.
Injured for much of his rookie season, Samuel made strides in Year 2, though he missed the first three games of 2018 after having surgery to address an irregular heartbeat. In only 13 games, Samuel had seven TDs (five receiving, two rushing) and 578 scrimmage yards on 65 targets and eight carries. At 5-11, 195, he has average size but blazing speed (4.31 40) and top-notch athleticism - 37-inch vertical, 133-inch broad jump, i.e., he's a dangerous person with the ball in his hands. The problem for Samuel is the Panthers have two other versatile playmakers in Christian McCaffrey and last year's first-round pick D.J. Moore, a bigger, not-quite-as-fast WR who can also carry the ball. Assuming Cam Newton is healthy again after shoulder surgery, the entire Panthers passing game should be better, and the departure of Devin Funchess opens up 79 more targets. The Panthers signed Chris Hogan this offseason to be their bigger-bodied receiver, but it's a small, one-year deal, and there's no guarantee Hogan has a significant share of the offense. Bottom line, Samuel should have more opportunities Year 3, in what should be an improved passing attack. Don't forget to add some rushing stats to his totals.
Samuel was drafted in the second round last year as a utility player capable of adding devastating speed to the Panthers offense. However, injuries largely derailed his rookie campaign, leaving him in need of proving himself again this time around. With increased competition at wide receiver, Samuel may be restricted to certain packages that highlight his ability in space.
The Panthers' second round pick, Samuel finds himself in an interesting spot. While the team isn't deep at WR -- No. 1 option Kelvin Benjamin showed up to offseason activities in sub-optimal condition, and ostensible No. 2 Devin Funchess has been inconsistent -- it also drafted RB Christian McCaffrey in the first round, and the two have somewhat overlapping skill sets. At 5-11, 197, Samuel, is blazingly fast -- 4.31 40 -- and athletic -- 37-inch vertical and 133-inch broad jump. As such, he's dangerous with the ball in his hands, and a threat as a ballcarrier or receiver. Of course, much of that description could apply to McCaffery, so Samuel figures to be used mostly as a slot receiver. Don't expect much red-zone work, either -- tight end Greg Olsen and the 6-5 Benjamin are likely to dominate the targets down there.
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Dealing with minor groin injury
WRWashington Football Team
Groin
June 2, 2021
Samuel was held out of Wednesday's practice after feeling a "twinge" in his groin, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
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Multi-faceted usage expected
WRWashington Football Team
May 28, 2021
Samuel was spotted taking snaps out of the backfield during OTAs, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
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Lands in Washington
WRWashington Football Team
March 17, 2021
Samuel agreed Wednesday with Washington on a three-year, $34.5 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Caps career year with a bang
WRCarolina Panthers
January 3, 2021
Samuel caught seven of 11 targets for 118 yards and gained six yards on three carries during Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Saints.
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Does it all in Week 16
WRCarolina Panthers
December 27, 2020
Samuel recorded five receptions on five targets for 106 yards in Week 16 against Washington. He added seven rush attempts for 52 yards.
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