Samuel (groin) missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Samuel first missed practice list Wednesday 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.
Jun 9, 2021 7:07 AM EST
Samuel was held out of Wednesday's practice after feeling a "twinge" in his groin, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It sounds like a minor injury, considering Samuel was out on the field to observe practice and even did some work on the side. He should be the No. 2 wide receiver in Washington, a step up from No. 3 status in his final year with the Panthers, though Samuel did have his best season yet in 2020 with 1,051 total yards and five TDs in 15 games. He'll celebrate his 25th birthday (Aug. 11) one day before Washington's pre-season opener at New England.
Jun 2, 2021 8:17 AM EST
Samuel was spotted taking snaps out of the backfield during OTAs, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: This confirms what many assumed when Washington signed Samuel to a lucrative three-year, $34.5 million contract during the early stages of free agency. Positional versatility has been a theme for the Football Team this offseason, particularly on defense, but it appears as if mindset also applies to offensive coordinator Scott Turner who utilized Antonio Gibosn, J.D. McKissic and Samuel in a wide variety of looks throughout this week's OTAs. The talented 24-year-old put together a career year in Carolina last season in large part thanks to his ability to take carries out of the backfield, but that figures to happen less in Washington with both Gibson and McKissic presenting more competition at the position than anything Samuel saw last year after Christian McCaffrey's injury. Even if Samuel takes a dramatic step back on the ground, his dangerous abilities in space still present plenty of reasons for Washington to use him as a pass catcher both in the slot and out of the backfield.
May 28, 2021 11:12 AM EST
Samuel is signing a three-year, $34.5 million contract with Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Samuel is coming off a career year with the Panthers, and he'll now immediately slot in as the No. 2 receiver in Washington while reuniting with coach Ron Rivera. He'll bring a much needed layer of dynamic and versatile playmaking to pair with other top offensive weapons Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson, giving new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a multi-purpose receiving threat. Samuel's signing could also serve to kick into motion deals for the other high-end wideouts in this year's free agency class, Kenny Golladay and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Mar 17, 2021 5:05 PM EST
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.
Analysis: Samuel led the team in targets and receptions as he set a new career high in receiving yardage. This big game caps off what has been a breakout year for Samuel, who set new high marks in receptions (77), receiving yards (851) and scrimmage yards (1,054), all while posting a stellar catch rate of 89 percent. Samuel will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and should command a significant amount of interest from teams in need of a dynamic playmaker on offense.
Jan 3, 2021 6:16 PM EST
Samuel recorded five receptions on five targets for 106 yards in Week 16 against Washington. He added seven rush attempts for 52 yards.
Analysis: Samuel led the Panthers in both rushing and receiving yards, torching the Washington defense for several big plays. Nearly all of his rushing production came on a run off the right side of the line as he dragged defenders for a 45-yard gain early in the second quarter. Samuel was also productive through the air, logging 44, 22 and 16-yard receptions to reach 100 receiving yards for the second time this season. He'll look to close the season strong in a Week 17 matchup against the Saints.
Dec 27, 2020 4:51 PM EST
Samuel secured four of nine targets for 42 yards and rushed twice for six yards in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night. He also fumbled once but recovered.
Analysis: The versatile wideout paced the team in targets while checking in second to DJ Moore in both receptions and receiving yards. Samuel's catch and receiving yardage totals were both his lowest figures of the last four games, however, so he'll look to bounce back with better production in a Week 16 matchup against Washington on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Dec 19, 2020 8:49 PM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as active for Saturday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: As long as the versatile Samuel avoids any in-game setbacks, he should see his share of touches Saturday, even with DJ Moore back from the COVID-19 list. Through 12 games this season, Samuel has logged a 61/585/3 stat line as a receiver, while adding 29 carries for 139 yards and a pair of scores via the ground game.
Dec 19, 2020 4:00 PM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Green Bay, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: After going through the practice week unscathed prior to Thursday, Samuel made a surprise appearance on the final Week 15 injury report as a limited participant, clouding his status for this weekend. He's so far putting together his best season as a pro, with 724 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns in 12 contests. The Panthers will make a decision on Samuel's status about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
Dec 17, 2020 11:32 AM EST
Samuel corralled seven of nine targets for 68 yards, adding two carries for 22 yards during Sunday's 32-27 loss to Denver.
Analysis: No matter that a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list held Samuel to just one practice session this week, he and Robby Anderson remained the clear-cut No. 1 and 2 options for signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater in Week 14. Samuel attracted three times as many targets as the Panthers' third-leading receiver, translating that volume into his third consecutive outing with 65-plus receiving yards. The Ohio State product also boasts five total touchdowns heading into a Week 15 matchup against Green Bay's 15th-ranked scoring defense.
Dec 13, 2020 3:23 PM EST
Samuel is active for Sunday's game against the Broncos, David Newton of ESPN.com reports,
Analysis: It's worth noting that the Panthers are listing Brandon Zylstra as a starter opposite Robby Anderson on Sunday, but that could simply be a nod to the fact that he practiced more this week than Samuel, who was limited to one day of practice after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. With that in mind, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site, doesn't believe that Samuel's level of playing time will be impacted much, despite the team's posted Week 14 starters.
Dec 13, 2020 9:50 AM EST
Samuel (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and is practicing Friday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old landed on the COVID list Monday, but he apparently tested negative for the virus and was able to make a quick return to the active roster. Fellow wideout DJ Moore (ankle) remains on the COVID for now, and Samuel could have a larger role Sunday versus Denver should Moore be unavailable.
Dec 11, 2020 8:44 AM EST
Samuel (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday as a close contact, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Samuel will be required to isolate in quarantine as a result of his placement on the COVID list, but as long as he's able to continue returning negative test results, he could reasonably gain clearance in time for Sunday's game against the Broncos. It remains to be seen whether the same can be said for fellow starting wideout D.J. Moore (ankle).
Dec 7, 2020 1:19 PM EST
The Panthers placed Samuel (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The Panthers placed both Samuel and fellow starting wideout D.J. Moore (ankle) on the COVID-19 list Monday, leaving Teddy Bridgewater (undisclosed) with a subpar receiving corps as Sunday's contest against the Broncos approaches. The Panthers aren't allowed to disclose whether players placed on the reserve list have tested positive or are simply quarantining after exposure, so it can't yet be determined when Samuel or Moore will be eligible to return.
Dec 7, 2020 11:23 AM EST
Samuel brought in all five targets for 72 yards and gained five yards on one rush in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: The versatile wideout checked in second to Robby Anderson in receiving yardage on the Panthers while pacing the team in catches. Samuel saved his best for last as well, recording a tough 35-yard catch down the middle on Carolina's final drive to get the ball just short of midfield. Samuel has now had back-to-back busy weeks, posting a combined 13-142-1 line through the air over that span. He'll look to carry that momentum over into a Week 14 matchup against the Broncos following the Week 13 bye, with the ankle injury fellow wideout D.J. Moore suffered late in Sunday's contest possibly opening up more opportunity for Samuel.
Nov 29, 2020 2:37 PM EST
Samuel secured eight of 10 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for four yards in the Panthers' 20-0 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Analysis: The versatile wideout finished with the team lead in receptions while checking in second in both receiving yards and targets to DJ Moore. Samuel hauled in spot starter P.J. Walker's first career NFL touchdown on a nicely thrown touch pass in the right corner of the end zone early in the third quarter. The productive performance was a welcome resurgence for Samuel, who'd slumped to 3-8 line in Week 10 versus the Buccaneers after producing a season-best nine receptions and 125 yards the contest prior against the Chiefs. He'll look to make it back-to-back fantasy-friendly outings in a Week 12 road matchup against the Vikings.
Nov 22, 2020 1:55 PM EST
Samuel caught three of five targets for eight yards and rushed three times for four yards in Sunday's 46-23 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Samuel entered Sunday with increased expectations following his strong recent form and projected upside in helping replace Christian McCaffrey (shoulder). Although the utility weapon drew three carries for the third straight week, Samuel hardly found anywhere to run against a stringy Bucs defense, and didn't fare any better in the passing game. Overall, those struggles amounted to a season low in scrimmage yards for Samuel, failing to deliver on his enhanced outlook. Whether or not McCaffrey returns in Week 11 versus the Lions, Samuel will be eager for an improved performance, but the status of starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) could be worthwhile to monitor in relation to Samuel's stock.
Nov 16, 2020 6:33 AM EST
Samuel is expected to have a heavier role in the Panthers' game plan Sunday against the Buccaneers than he did in Carolina's previous matchup with Tampa Bay in Week 2, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Samuel played 70 percent of the Panthers' offensive snaps Sept. 20 in the 31-17 loss to Tampa Bay, carrying four times for 26 yards and hauling in two targets for 13 yards. While he likely won't see a major bump in his snap count this weekend, Samuel should be in store for a more pronounced role coming off his best outing of the season Week 9 against the Chiefs (nine receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, three carries for 13 yards). With star tailback Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) inactive for the contest, Samuel should essentially serve as the Panthers' secondary option on the ground behind Mike Davis, a role that should continue to afford Samuel at least a handful of carries. When he's not involved as a runner, Samuel should also be able to make an impact as a receiver while primarily drawing the coverage of slot corner Sean Murphy-Bunting, who has been the weak link of a secondary that includes standout performers Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean.
Nov 15, 2020 9:16 AM EST
Samuel secured all nine targets for 105 yards and a touchdown and rushed three times for 13 yards in the Panthers' 33-31 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel drew even with Robby Anderson for the team lead in receptions among the wideouts Sunday, with the versatile receiver's receptions, receiving yardage and targets all qualifying as season highs. Samuel's 14-yard scoring grab in the second quarter also was his second in as many games, and he continued to have a minor role in the ground attack despite the return to action of Christian McCaffrey (ribs). Samuel will look to build on Sunday's season-best effort against the Buccaneers in Week 10.
Nov 8, 2020 2:22 PM EST
Samuel rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of five targets for 31 yards and another score in the Panthers' 25-17 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night.
Analysis: The versatile receiver was nearly the entire Panthers offense for the night and certainly the star of the first half. Samuel initially scored on a 12-yard rush in the first quarter and then hauled in a perfectly thrown 29-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater on a flea flicker early in the second quarter to give Carolina its largest lead of the night at 14-6. Samuel's usage in the running game will likely take a hit when Christian McCaffrey returns from his ankle injury, which is slated to occur Week 9 against the Chiefs. However, the Ohio State product could certainly retain an occasional role on the ground on gadget plays given his solid showing in that capacity this season. Samuel's receiving touchdown was also his first of the campaign, and he'll look to reward fantasy managers again in the aforementioned interconference matchup versus Kansas City on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Oct 29, 2020 9:16 PM EST
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