Curtis Samuel reels in P.J. Walker's first TD pass for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers went fishing to some extent during the offseason when they signed XFL star P.J. Walker to a two-year, $1,565,000 deal.

So it seemed fitting that Carolina receiver Curtis Samuel celebrated Walker's first NFL touchdown pass in his first NFL start by pretending to reel in a fish as he sat in the right corner of the end zone.

Walker was headed for a potential XFL MVP award when the league was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He had 15 touchdown passes during a 5-0 start for the Houston Roughnecks.

That earned him a reunion with former Temple coach Matt Rhule in Charlotte for Rhule's first season as an NFL head coach. Rhule made Walker the starter on Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater nursing a sprained right knee suffered a week ago.

Walker didn't disappoint during the first three quarters with his 17-yard touchdown to Samuel on a corner route, giving Carolina a 14-0 lead.