Panthers' Curtis Samuel: To play slot receiver
Samuel will be utilized mostly at slot receiver, but the Panthers also plan to feature him in the backfield on occasion, Max Henson of the team's official site reports. "They're going to use me primarily as a slot receiver - that's why they're bringing me in there," Samuel said. "I'll be primarily in the slot, but sometimes we'll both be in the backfield with Cam [Newton]. I feel like it's going to be great."
Samuel's second-round selection caught some by surprise after the Panthers spent their top choice on the similarly skilled Christian McCaffrey. As the only player in Ohio State's decorated history to finish his career with over 1,000 rushing and receiving yards, Samuel is a multi-dimensional talent, but it appears the majority of his snaps will come at receiver, leaving McCaffrey to push veteran Jonathan Stewart for reps at tailback. While Samuel will surely get opportunities to carry the ball himself, his 4.31-second speed should add something different to top targets Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen in Carolina's passing game, where his impact is likely to be felt most as a rookie.
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