Curtis Samuel is once again practicing for the Carolina Panthers after having missed several weeks with an injured hamstring. Samuel was once expected to contribute to the Panthers offense immediately, but those thoughts were soon replaced by concerns over his health.
If Samuel can continue to practice throughout the preseason period, there is no reason why he could not contribute immediately against San Francisco in week 1 of the regular season. Samuel was drafted to stretch the field for the offense, an ability the Carolina Panthers lost when Ted Ginn signed in New Orleans. Samuel is strictly a slot receiver, where his athletic prowess should cause difficulty for opposing defenses to account for.
Curtis Samuel going through drill he did yesterday, but in full pads pic.twitter.com/IQ7Zfl7JEu
— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) August 16, 2017
Between Samuel and Christian McCaffrey, the slot receiver position went from a weakness to a strength in the matter of a single offseason. Great news for both Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess who should both benefit from extra attention being paid to the two dynamic rookies.
Samuel is not out of the woods yet, however. He will likely be evaluated tomorrow for how his hamstring responds to the increased workload at today’s practice. This is yet another story line to keep an eye on as joint practices in Tennessee continue.