The Carolina Panthers have ushered in a youth movement to their receiving corps in recent years. It seems head coach Ron Rivera is happy to finally see some return on their investment.
Wide receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel have been among the notable standouts through training camp and the preseason thus far. According to Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer, Rivera shared some high praise for both Moore and Samuel:
No. I think Curtis, DJ Moore, I think those guys don’t have ceilings. I think those guys can become really, really good players. I’m excited to watch them keep developing.
Both players have firmly established themselves as the top two wideouts heading into the 2019 NFL season. It is encouraging to see that Rivera is confident in their ability to hold this group down for years to come.
The Panthers invested a second-round pick on Samuel in the 2017 NFL Draft. Although he struggled to find his footing early on, he was finally able to show some signs of promise after finishing the 2018 campaign with 39 receptions for 494 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. His versatile skill set also netted him 84 yards and two rushing touchdowns on eight carries.
Meanwhile, Moore was able to justify his status as the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by hauling in 55 receptions for 788 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. Expectations are now higher than ever in the 2019 NFL season. Not only will he be tasked with potentially serving as the No. 1 wideout in Carolina’s passing game but he must also find a way to carry Steve Smith’s fantasy football team.