Samuel caught seven of 11 targets for 118 yards and gained six yards on three carries during Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Saints. Samuel led the team in targets and receptions as he set a new career high in receiving yardage. This big game caps off what has been a breakout year for Samuel, who set new high marks in receptions (77), receiving yards (851) and scrimmage yards (1,054), all while posting a stellar catch rate of 89 percent. Samuel will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and should command a significant amount of interest from teams in need of a dynamic playmaker on offense.
Samuel recorded five receptions on five targets for 106 yards in Week 16 against Washington. He added seven rush attempts for 52 yards. Samuel led the Panthers in both rushing and receiving yards, torching the Washington defense for several big plays. Nearly all of his rushing production came on a run off the right side of the line as he dragged defenders for a 45-yard gain early in the second quarter. Samuel was also productive through the air, logging 44-, 22- and 16-yard receptions to reach 100 receiving yards for the second time this season. He'll look to close the season strong in a Week 17 matchup against the Saints.
Samuel secured four of nine targets for 42 yards and rushed twice for six yards in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night. He also fumbled once but recovered. The versatile wideout paced the team in targets while checking in second to DJ Moore in both receptions and receiving yards. Samuel's catch and receiving yardage totals were both his lowest figures of the last four games, however, so he'll look to bounce back with better production in a Week 16 matchup against Washington on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as active for Saturday's game against the Packers. As long as the versatile Samuel avoids any in-game setbacks, he should see his share of touches Saturday, even with DJ Moore back from the COVID-19 list. Through 12 games this season, Samuel has logged a 61/585/3 stat line as a receiver, while adding 29 carries for 139 yards and a pair of scores via the ground game.
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Green Bay, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. After going through the practice week unscathed prior to Thursday, Samuel made a surprise appearance on the final Week 15 injury report as a limited participant, clouding his status for this weekend. He's so far putting together his best season as a pro, with 724 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns in 12 contests. The Panthers will make a decision on Samuel's status about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
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