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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera’s eyes seem to light up when talk turns to third-year wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

When Samuel has the ball in his hands, Rivera views him as a “very dynamic, explosive player.”

A playmaker. A game-changer. An X-factor.

That’s what teammates are saying about Samuel, who continues to amaze early on at training camp with his combination of speed, quickness and explosive plays.

Samuel touched the ball 57 times last season, scoring seven TDs — second on the team to Christian McCaffrey. He averaged 12.7 yards per reception and 10.5 yards per carry. He’s the type of player who causes fans to get up out of their

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