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Anthony Rizzuti

Former Panthers WR, OC to reunite with Buffalo Bills

The most productive season of Curtis Samuel’s NFL career came when Joe Brady was calling the plays. And luckily for him, he’ll get to run it back with his old pal.

On Friday, the Buffalo Bills officially announced their signing of Samuel—who is shuffling north for a three-year deal worth up to $30 million. That, of course, means the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver will be reuniting with a former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator.

While being introduced to local media following the announcement, Samuel was asked why he believes he thrived under Brady in Carolina.

“Just trustin’ in him to put me in the right spots, the right location to be the best playmaker I could possibly be on the field,” he replied. “I feel like he did a great job at that.”

Brady was on the job in 2020, when Samuel tallied career-highs in receptions (77), receiving yards (851) and catch rate (79.4 percent). The dual-threat weapon also notched a career-high 200 rushing yards, making him one of three Panthers wideouts to record 1,000 yards from scrimmage during that campaign.

The former second-round pick would then catch up with Ron Rivera in Washington the next year. Brady, meanwhile, didn’t last through 2021—as he was fired during the team’s bye in Week 13.

Since then, Brady has bounced back in Buffalo—where he’s gone from quarterbacks coach to full-time offensive coordinator in just two seasons.

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