After the Green Bay Packers front office decided not to select a wide receiver in the NFL Draft last weekend, fans find themselves asking what new weapons Aaron Rodgers will be throwing to in 2020. Green Bay has already signed Devin Funchess, a former Carolina Panthers wide receiver. But rumors have been circulating that the Packers might also be trying to target Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel via trade. The Panthers are reportedly open to trading Samuel in the near future.
While the above tweet was sent during the NFL Draft, the Packers could still be targeting a trade with Carolina, as rumors are still being spread about phone calls between the two teams as of today, April 27. Although nothing is official, what would the Packers be gaining if they did acquire Samuel? Let’s take a closer look.
Curtis Samuel: The Player
The 5′ 11″, 195lb receiver out of Ohio State has been a member of the Carolina Panthers since 2017, when he was drafted by the team in the second round. Last season, Samuel was WR3 for the Panthers, and started all of their games but one. Here are some of his 2019 statistics as a young receiver in the NFL:
- 627 yards
- 6 touchdowns
- targeted 105 times, 54 catches
- 11.6 yards per reception
- rushed 19 times for 130 yards and 1 touchdown
- only 1 career fumble
Obviously, Samuel is a talented, developing wide receiver. Would he benefit from catching passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers? Absolutely. Will the Packers front office go out and get him? The answer to that remains to be seen.
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