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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver | #13

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (28) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.
He passed his conditioning test, but will be eased into practice. Benjamin is the favorite to lead Carolina's wide receivers in targets if he stays healthy. Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has also been cleared for the start of camp. Jul 27 - 4:50 PM

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ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects the team to use more of a "committee" approach at wide receiver this season.

Appearing on Mike Clay's Sirius XM Radio show, Newton predicted Kelvin Benjamin won't see as many targets as he did during his 2014 rookie campaign (145). "They figure to spread it out more in '16," was Clay's takeaway from Newton's hit. Benjamin was a garbage-time king as a rookie, and the Panthers are a lot better now. If his third-round Average Draft Position holds, Benjamin may be one of fantasy football's most overdrafted players this season.
Jul 6 - 10:31 PM

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed he expects Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) to be ready for training camp.

Benjamin has been limited to individual drills at minicamp. He's still getting back into football shape, but will be fully cleared next month. Benjamin's ADP is currently in the mid-third round.
Jun 16 - 11:55 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) has been limited to individual drills at OTAs.

He's been running routes "on air" rather than against defensive backs. Benjamin also needs to work on his conditioning, as he's been seen huffing and puffing after wind sprints. "I’m not where I want to be, but I’m still getting there," Benjamin said. "It’s just getting that football wind back." Coach Ron Rivera expressed confidence Benjamin will be all systems go for training camp.
May 31 - 10:09 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.

This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation.
May 26 - 12:53 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will be full-go for training camp.

As expected. Benjamin even participated in OTAs last week as he continues to come back from a torn ACL suffered last summer in a joint-practice with the Dolphins. Benjamin's return is big news for Carolina's red-zone offense.
Apr 25 - 12:09 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) will be limited in OTAs.

The fact that he'll be on the field at all is good news, however. Benjamin should be ready to rock for training camp after tearing up his knee late last August.
Apr 21 - 11:27 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person reports Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) should be a "full-go" for training camp.

Benjamin will participate on a limited basis during the offseason program, but the Panthers are unlikely to push their No. 1 receiver. Benjamin's rehab has reportedly gone well, and he will be almost a year removed from tearing his ACL once training camp begins. With Cam Newton playing better than ever, Benjamin could be in line for a career year.
Mar 1 - 8:29 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has progressed to doing light running and cutting in his rehab.

Kind of a forgotten man after he missed the entire 2015 season and the playoffs with a torn ACL, Benjamin's reinsertion into the Panthers' offense will be a big one. Benjamin has maintained his weight during his recovery, as he's currently tipping the scales at 238 pounds. Benjamin's return coupled with Cam Newton's monumental improvement could be a lethal 2016 combo.
Feb 24 - 1:35 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL, IR) did some light conditioning work off to the side of practice Friday.

Benjamin appears to be progressing well almost five months removed from tearing his ACL in training camp. He will likely sit out the offseason program, but there is a good chance he is ready when training camp opens. It is scary to think what Cam Newton will be able to do next season with Benjamin back in the fold.
Jan 8 - 12:09 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL, IR) said he has been off crutches for two months.

Benjamin tore his ACL during a joint practice with the Dolphins in training camp. It was a terrible blow to the Panthers and fantasy owners alike, but the one bit of good news is Benjamin should have plenty of time to get ready for 2016. He should be close to 100 percent when training camp opens next year.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:58:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in Wednesday's training camp practice and will miss the entire season.

The Panthers initially listed Benjamin's injury as a sprain, but an MRI showed he'll need reconstructive surgery. It couldn't be a worse situation for Cam Newton and Carolina's pass game. The Panthers have one of the league's weakest receiver depth charts, leaving a three-wide set of raw rookie Devin Funchess, Jerricho Cotchery, and Corey "Philly" Brown. GM Dave Gettleman could be forced to explore the veteran free-agent market, if not try to trade for a big wide receiver. Benjamin had 144 targets last year, sixth most in the NFL.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said initial tests revealed a sprained left knee for Kelvin Benjamin.

Benjamin is headed for an MRI later today where the Panthers will learn more. Obviously we're not out of the woods here with Benjamin, and Rivera tends to always have an optimistic view toward injuries right after they happen. We'll provide another update later today when Benjamin's MRI results are revealed.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin was carted off the practice field Wednesday with an apparent left knee injury.

The Panthers and Dolphins opened joint practices Wednesday, and Benjamin was doing a one-on-one drill with Dolphins SS Reshad Jones. Benjamin went down with what appeared to be a non-contact left knee problem and the cart was called out onto the field. It doesn't sound great. We'll provide an update as soon as the Panthers comment on Benjamin's status.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 09:57:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers preseason opener.

Benjamin's touchdown was a back-shoulder fade in the end-zone over Bills rookie CB Ronald Darby. He was targeted on five of Cam Newton's 10 passing attempts. Benjamin is locked in as Carolina's top receiver.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 09:08:00 PM

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QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Brandon Wegher
5Devon Johnson
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Corey Brown
3Brenton Bersin
4LaRon Byrd
5Keyarris Garrett
WR21Devin Funchess
2Ted Ginn
3Kevin Norwood
4Stephen Hill
5Damiere Byrd
WR31Ted Ginn
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Beau Sandland
4Scott Simonson
5Braxton Deaver
LT1Michael Oher
2Daryl Williams
3David Foucault
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
3Matthew Masifilo
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Reese Dismukes
RG1Trai Turner
2David Yankey
3Tyler Larsen
RT1Mike Remmers
2Donald Hawkins
3Jordan Rigsbee
K1Graham Gano