4 Panthers players who were unsung heroes at the Saints in Week 7
By Dean Jones
Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers WR
Curtis Samuel is well-known around NFL circles and his ability to make plays is becoming more prominent with every passing game with the Carolina Panthers. The wide receiver doesn’t get the recognition he deserves outside of the organization. But few would argue just what an impactful presence he’s becoming on offense.
Samuel has quickly emerged as Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite third-down target. This was something that was once again evident at the Saints and will only enhance his chances of more targets from a signal-caller that goes to him often in critical situations.
The Panthers have D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson as their primary wideout duo. Carolina should also be welcoming back dual-threat running back Christian McCaffrey sooner rather than later and how this impacts Samuel’s involvement remains to be seen.
The former Ohio State standout recorded six catches for 48 receiving yards in New Orleans. Samuel’s route-running has come on a significant amount in recent weeks and there will be no shortage of suitors for the player in free agency if the Panthers decide not to pay him the going rate.
There is also a chance Samuel decides to take his chances elsewhere with a more increased role, which would mean another key departure for a roster that went through plenty of change this offseason.