Panthers: Is Curtis Samuel finally back on track?

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel /

The Carolina Panthers wideout could make an impact for the team in 2018…..

Curtis Samuel’s health has been a major topic of discussion for the Carolina Panthers and their fans. Throughout the course of the offseason, many have been wondering if Samuel would be able to contribute to the team in the 2018 campaign partly because of injury and also because of the depth at the wideout position.

Max Henson of answered three questions about the wide receivers on Monday, and Samuel was a topic of discussion. Judging by his answer, Samuel may be able to have an impact for the Carolina Panthers in the fall.

"Samuel’s rookie year didn’t go as planned. After nagging injuries forced him to miss the bulk of training camp, Samuel had a lot of catching up to do. Once it looked like he had finally caught up, Samuel suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 10. Rehab has gone well, and the former second-round pick showed some encouraging signs during the spring. If he can stay healthy, the speedster should be able to carve out a valuable role in his sophomore season."

Samuel recorded 15 catches for 115 yards in 2017.

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One of the bigger questions for the Carolina Panthers heading into the 2018 offseason was if his rehab would go smoothly. That would be a big indicator as to the type of track he would be on come training camp. Well, now we have answer. It appears that Samuel will be able to contribute not only during training camp but throughout the course of the season.

The Carolina Panthers should feel very comfortable with the depth they have at the right side receiver position. Devin Funchess will certainly be able to hold things down as the starter. Having Samuel as the No. 2 receiver (per the most recent depth chart from should provide him with the opportunity to see the field and make an impact. After all, Funchess cannot play every snap. With Samuel being the No. 2 wideout, he should be ready to be counted on in key situations.

Especially in the Monday Night Football contest against the Miami Dolphins in November, Samuel really showed what type of player he could be.  He caught seven passes for 45 yards, giving fans a preview of what he can do.

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If Curtis Samuel can get back to even 75% of what he was before his injury, the Carolina Panthers would be very happy. Samuel would be just another weapon in the already loaded Panthers arsenal.