Curtis Samuel

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Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 57%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 4.8%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.8
Durability: question mark 5

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Curtis Samuel Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Samuel is back with the HC from his 1st 3 years and an OC who was on the Panthers’ offensive staff in 2018 and 2019. Scott Turner spent most of that span as QBs coach under his dad, Norv Turner, but coordinated Carolina’s offense over the final 4 games of 2019.
  • After Washington signed Samuel in free agency -- for $34.5 million over 3 years, with $23 million guaranteed, Turner said: “High energy guy, really intelligent. You can do a lot of different things with him. He’s only 24 years old, I think he’s just scratching the surface on what he’s capable of.”
  • Samuel’s usage has varied quite a bit through his first 4 seasons.
    • He saw a huge boost in slot usage in 2020: 71.4% of snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Samuel spent just 28.7%, 24.8% and 33.8% of snaps in the slot the previous 3 years.
    • After just 11 total backfield snaps under the Turners in 2018-19, Samuel spent 70 snaps lined up in the backfield for the 2020 Panthers.
  • Samuel’s rushing attempts have climbed every season: 4, 8, 19, 41.
  • His average target depths climbed as well, before last year.
    • Samuel saw a 9.4 ADOT as a 2017 rookie under OC Mike Shula, according to Pro Football Focus.
    • That climbed to 12.2 in 2018 under Norv Turner, then 14.8 in 2019, when Scott Turner took over for his dad late in the year.
    • Samuel’s ADOT shortened to a career-low 7.5 under HC Matt Ruehle and OC Joe Brady last year.
  • Samuel posted the best PFF receiving grade of his career in 2020 and his highest yards per route run to date.
    • His annual YPRR -- starting with 2017 -- have gone: 0.85, 1.66, 0.97, 1.93.
    • The 2020 number ranked 30th among 115 wideouts who saw 30+ targets.
  • Samuel’s downfield-heavy role under the Turners in 2019 didn’t seem to work, but he had Kyle Allen as his QB for nearly all of that. Allen finished 2019 ranked 2nd-worst in deep-ball passing grade among 38 QBs with 15+ deep attempts. He tied Dwayne Haskins…

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Curtis Samuel Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 13, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Fracture Samuel broke a bone and suffered ligament damage in his left ankle. He needed surgery and missed the final 6 games.
Sep 24, 2017 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Sprain Samuel missed 1 game with an unspecified back issue.
Jul 28, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Samuel missed some camp practices and the 1st 2 preseason games with a hamstring strain.