Samuel caught one of four targets for 17 yards and rushed twice for eight yards in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Samuel's performance was reflective of Carolina's struggles through the air Monday, when quarterback Cam Newton finished with a season-low 131 passing yards. In fact, besides backfield dynamo Christian McCaffrey, only rarely used tight end Chris Manhertz hit 50 receiving yards, and that actually entirely came thanks to a touchdown pass from McCaffrey himself. That left just eight catches for 64 yards between Samuel, D.J. Moore, Ian Thomas and Jarius Wright, evidencing the Panthers' rough passing night. Having entered Monday with back-to-back 80-yard outings, Samuel will look to get back on track Week 16 versus the Falcons, but Newton's ongoing shoulder issue is maybe a factor to consider going forward.
Samuel caught four of eight targets for a team-leading 80 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Samuel's coming into his own late in his second season, with 168 receiving yards over the past two weeks. While he doesn't have a touchdown over this strong recent stretch, Samuel does have six total scores (four receiving, two rushing) this season. Deep-league owners could do much worse than Samuel with Carolina set to host the Saints in Week 15.
Samuel caught six of 11 targets for 88 yards and carried one time for an additional eight yards during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Samuel led the team in targets and catches while notching a new career high in receiving yards. He recorded a long gain of 31 yards and made several catches around the line of scrimmage that could have turned into bigger gains. Samuel shined as the team lost Greg Olsen (foot) and eased Devin Funchess back into the lineup and now has a touchdown or 96 scrimmage yards in four of his last five games. He'll hope to continue his recent success Sunday against the Browns.
Samuel (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Samuel's absence from Wednesday's session came as a surprise after there was no indication he got banged up in the Panthers' Week 12 loss to the Seahawks, during which he played a season-high 54 offensive snaps. The wideout's return to full activity a day later suggests his restrictions Wednesday were likely maintenance-related, leaving no concern about his status for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. While Samuel will draw a favorable matchup against a dreadful Tampa Bay secondary, he may not be tasked with filling as prominent of a role on offense with No. 1 receiver Devin Funchess (back) potentially in line to return from a one-game absence.
Despite a relative lack of touches -- 24 in eight games -- Samuel has reached the end zone six times this season. Injuries have plagued him from time to time during the first two years of his career, though, so it behooves the Panthers to proceed with caution with Samuel's health. With a matchup against the sieve-like Buccaneers defense on tap, his status will be worth watching as the weekend draws closer.
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