The Carolina Panthers’ plan to trip speedy receivers after the Kelvin Benjamin commerce hit a snag.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that rookie receiver Curtis Samuel will probably be shut down for the season following a left ankle harm suffered in Monday night time’s victory over the Miami Dolphins, per a souce knowledgeable of Samuel’s standing. The Panthers later introduced that Samuel will endure season-ending ankle surgical procedure.
The information got here on the heels of coach Ron Rivera saying it “didn’t look good” for Samuel earlier within the day.
The second-round decide received his left ankle rolled up on after dropping a would-be landing within the blowout win.
The speedy receiver ends his rookie marketing campaign after 9 video games, together with 4 begins, compiling 115 yards on 15 catches, including 4 dashing makes an attempt for 64 yards — he additionally missed Week four with an ankle harm.
It’s a blow to the Panthers’ offense, which deliberate to get extra pace on the sector for Cam Newton. The workforce’s religion within the Samuel was a part of the explanation they had been snug buying and selling Benjamin to the Bills on the deadline. Not solely does the harm knock out an necessary piece for a Carolina workforce in playoff competition, nevertheless it additionally saps beneficial taking part in time for a rookie who was nonetheless studying the receiver place after spending his time as a working again at Ohio State.
Russell Shepard, additionally a speedster, is prone to see an uptick in duties with Samuel out. Kaelin Clay ought to be subsequent in line for a snap-boost, adopted by Brenton Bersin.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see rookie working again Christian McCaffrey spend extra time cut up out huge, particularly if Jonathan Stewart continues to run nicely. CMC has performed simply 39 snaps out huge and 68 within the slot up to now, per Next Gen Stats. The harm to Samuel will improve McCaffrey’s significance in a surging Panthers offense.