Samuel brought in five of seven targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 20-19 loss to the Lions on Sunday. Samuel had a quiet day in the first half, but he emerged over the final 15 minutes. The second-year wideout got into the end zone from 12 yards out with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap off a 10-play, 92-yard drive, a march on which he recorded four of his grabs on the day. Samuel continues to run behind D.J. Moore on the wideout depth chart, but he's now seen a solid 15 targets over the last three games while Torrey Smith (knee) has been sidelined. Samuel may not remain in his current slotting once Smith returns, but he'll look to continue producing against the Seahawks in Week 12.
Samuel caught all four of his targets for 18 yards in Week 10's loss to the Steelers. He also rushed once for one yard and lost a fumble on a kickoff return. Samuel, like most of his offensive teammates outside of Christian McCaffrey, couldn't get much going on the night. However, he compounded Carolina's issues by fumbling on a return to end the third quarter. That hurt a performance that otherwise featured a season-high four receptions, leaving Samuel in search of a more complete showing in Week 11 versus the Lions.
Samuel secured two of four targets for 25 yards and a touchdown and added a 33-yard rushing score in a 42-28 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. There was plenty of talk about D.J. Moore in fantasy circles this week, but it was Samuel who came up big with a pair of scores Sunday. The 2017 second-round pick first scored on a meandering 33-yard run through the Buccaneers' tackling-challenged defense before adding a 19-yard receiving touchdown to close out the scoring on the day in the fourth quarter. It was Samuel's second receiving score of the day and fourth overall on the season, and he encouragingly tied a season high with four targets. He'll look to boost his numbers against the Steelers in a Week 10 Thursday night matchup.
Samuel played 40 percent of snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-21 win over Baltimore, catching three of six targets for 28 yards. Samuel and D.J. Moore (71 percent snap share) both saw more playing time in the absence of Torrey Smith (knee), while veteran slot receiver Jarius Wright actually went in the other direction (26 percent). The Panthers presumably envision a future with Moore, Samuel and Devin Funchess serving as the regular alignment in three-wide formations, and Sunday provided a hint that it could happen this season. Regardless, we'll have a hard time trusting Samuel unless Wright and Smith disappear from the offense altogether. A Week 9 matchup with Tampa Bay does look promising in terms of per-target efficiency.
Samuel rushed twice for nine yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 16 yards in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Eagles. Samuel also returned two kicks for 51 yards. His undoubted highlight, though, was his 14-yard touchdown run around the right side to start the fourth quarter. That gave Samuel two scores in three games this season, but considering he's gotten just five touches and played under a third of Carolina's offensive snaps Sunday, his role isn't big enough to put significant stock in.
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