Carolina Panthers: Taking a deeper look at WR potential in 2020

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) D.J. Moore
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Carolina Panthers WR Preview: D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel

Last season was the first time we got a taste of what D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel could do on the field together and it was amazing. This season they plan to take it to another level.

Moore was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. And so far it has been an amazing pick for the Carolina Panthers.

He didn’t have the best rookie season of all time but he still put up solid numbers finishing with 55 receptions for 788 yards and two touchdowns. And Moore took his game to another level this past season.

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Heading into last season the Panthers had high hopes thinking Cam Newton would be healthy but that wasn’t the case. With backup quarterback Kyle Allen starting a majority of the season, the offense wasn’t at its best.

Despite not having Newton throwing the ball to him. Moore still dominated his competition and made Allen’s job a lot easier.

Moore started 15 games for the Panthers and finished with 87 receptions for 1,175 yards and four touchdowns. He is six feet tall on a good day but the wideout plays like he is 6-foot-5.

He has the ability to go and win jump balls and Moore is strong enough to outmuscle any defensive back. His route running is on pace with some of the best receivers in the league today and his ability to make moves in the open field makes ten-yard catches turn into 80-yard touchdowns.

Moore played great last year and having Samuel take some of the focus off him helped a lot. The No. 3 option has been with the Panthers for three years but this season will be his best opportunity to become an elite receiver.

Samuel didn’t play a lot in his first two seasons. But he took full advantage of the opportunity in 2019, finishing the season with 54 receptions for 627 yards and six touchdowns.

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It feels like every time Samuel touches the ball he has a chance to take it to the end zone. His ability to make moves in the open field and make defenders miss tackles is his best attribute. He also has great hands, amazing route running, elite speed, and athleticism.

Having these two young receivers with this much potential is something every quarterback in the league wants. The Panthers decided they wanted to give Teddy Bridgewater the best weapons possible. And this duo will be used a lot next season.