Carolina Panthers No. 1: Curtis Samuel’s supreme confidence
There is no shortage of confidence from Curtis Samuel ahead of the new season. The wide receiver is coming off a career year after finally putting his injury troubles behind him. And there is just no telling what sort of level he can get to if he continues to trend on an upward curve.
The former Ohio State standout is expected to be used in a variety of different ways by new offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Samuel is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. And this is something that could benefit the Carolina Panthers considerably in 2020.
Samuel is holding out high hopes for the speedy wide receiver group at the Panthers’ disposal in 2020. This is arguably the strongest area of the roster. And it is vital they reach expectations to give Carolina’s a fighting chance of being competitive, at the very least.
"“There’s so much speed in our room — so much speed. You’ve got guys that can just blaze by you. That’s a threat, and that’s something that we have to our advantage. When we line up against other teams, against defenses, they know they’ve got to get running. “You can’t determine where the deep ball is coming from because we’ve got so many guys that can just run right by you that it keeps the defense guessing who’s running deep, who’s not running deep,” Samuel said. “(W)hoever they matchup on, they’ve got to get running.”"
This season is a big one for Samuel. The Panthers decided not to trade him during the 2020 NFL Draft. And another campaign of strong production will put him in prime position to get big bucks in free agency next spring.
Whether that will be in Carolina or somewhere else is still up for debate. But the organization will be far better off for having the multi-threat wideout on their roster next season.