Yards after catch
Curtis Samuel has the potential to be one of the NFL’s most productive players when it comes to yards after the catch. His ability to make people miss is outstanding and if the Carolina Panthers can put some space in front of him when he gets the ball, then they are going to have a real player on their hands.
Samuel has nimble feet to get away from opposing defenders at will. This is something he needs to take better advantage of on occasions. But there is nothing to suggest he cannot make great strides in this area providing Joe Brady puts him in a position to do so.
His career-high in yards per catch numbers came in 2019 with 153. It amounted to more than a quarter of his overall yardage and there is every possibility this number can get even higher next time around.
It would be a significant disappointment if Samuel regressed in YAC next season. The Panthers are counting on him and others to produce the goods when it matters most and if their offense can put up big numbers. It should keep them competitive despite obvious concerns on the defensive side of the ball.
Samuel is going to be a hot commodity next spring if he gets the chance to hit the free-agent market. Carolina would be wise not to let this happen if the early signs are positive. But there are plenty of others on the roster looking for a multi-year extension with solid production under their belts in 2020.