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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Florida State
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Kelvin Benjamin says his hamstrings are 100 percent as Panthers camp opens.
Benjamin grabbed offseason headlines by being a few pounds overweight and slightly tweaking both of his hamstrings. It was never a real concern. Benjamin's physically imposing frame is in good shape heading into his second NFL season. Jul 30 - 8:21 AM

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Kelvin Benjamin is down to his playing weight.

Benjamin is back in the 245-pound range after reporting to OTAs overweight. His conditioning remains a non-issue. Benjamin missed time with hamstring injuries this offseason, but will be fully cleared for the start of camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 8:07 PM

Coach Ron Rivera expects Kelvin Benjamin (hamstrings) to be a full go when training camp opens next week.

Benjamin tweaked both of his hamstrings during OTAs, but neither issue was ever serious. We're more concerned with Benjamin's volume taking a hit in Year 2 than any injuries. He ranked sixth in the NFL in targets as a rookie.
Jul 23 - 10:48 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman described reports of Kelvin Benjamin reporting to offseason workouts 8-9 pounds overweight as, "much ado about nothing."

"Right now he's only five pounds off his playing weight," Gettleman said. "That's it." A bigger deal would've been Benjamin reporting to training camp in late July ten pounds overweight. Doing it in June allows Benjamin plenty of time to get his conditioning in check. Gettleman is right: It's not a big deal.
Jun 18 - 9:19 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Kelvin Benjamin reported to Panthers spring workouts "8-9 pounds overweight."

In the meantime, Benjamin has suffered injuries to both hamstrings, costing him almost all of OTAs. Benjamin practiced on Tuesday, but won't take part in Thursday's session due to a right hamstring strain. Benjamin played last season at 245 pounds, so he must've been in the mid-250s when OTAs started. Benjamin has some history of weight fluctuation; he was reportedly 20 pounds overweight when he originally showed up at Florida State, forcing the Seminoles to redshirt him as a freshman. On Wednesday, coach Ron Rivera suggested Benjamin's hamstring woes may have resulted from his poor conditioning.
Jun 17 - 10:32 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) resumed practicing Thursday.

Benjamin has been battling a nagging hammy issue for about a month. His return to workouts confirms there was no serious tear.
Jun 11 - 12:56 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) back at practice this week.

Benjamin has been battling a strained hamstring for close to a month. The 24-year-old was one of three rookies to go over 1,000 yards receiving last season. He'll be in play as a high-scoring WR2 in fantasy leagues as a sophomore.
Jun 8 - 1:44 PM

Kelvin Benjamin remains sidelined at Panthers minicamp by a hamstring injury.

He's been out since the mid-May. This isn't anything to worry about just yet, but it's notable because the injury has lingered. Rookie Devin Funchess has gobbled up first-team reps across from Jerricho Cotchery and Corey "Philly" Brown.
Jun 8 - 11:52 AM

Kelvin Benjamin is missing OTA sessions with a strained hamstring.

Benjamin dealt with a concussion and minor knee issue last season, but appeared in all 16 games. He should be 100 percent for next month's minicamp. His durability isn't a concern for 2015.
May 21 - 4:37 PM

Kelvin Benjamin admitted he got mentally fatigued during his rookie year.

It's not a surprise. Benjamin was one of last year's more raw wideout prospects, yet was tasked with the job of being his team's No. 1 target right away. There were some downs but a plenty of ups and the Panthers wisely stuck with him for the whole journey. When the dust settled, Benjamin overcame the fatigue to finish with 73-1,008-9 as fantasy's No. 17 WR. He should have more stamina in Year 2.
Apr 20 - 12:18 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught seven passes for 75 yards with two touchdowns in Saturday's 31-17 Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

With Seattle's No. 2 CB Byron Maxwell (illness) sidelined, Benjamin dog-walked backup Tharold Simon all over the field. It's an impressive wrap to an eye-opening rookie season. The linebacker-sized Benjamin was Cam Newton's top target from Day 1, battling through some inconsistency to finish with a 73-1,008-9 line while playing in all 16 games. He's never going to be a big YAC guy and has some ugly drops, but the 23-year-old Benjamin has plenty of room to grow with route-running and has the kind of size that dominates the red-zone weekly. He profiles as a strong WR2 in 2015 fantasy circles.
Jan 11 - 12:10 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 33 yards in the Panthers' Wild Card win over the Cardinals.

He was targeted a team-high seven times. Benjamin made a couple nice body catches in the first quarter in Patrick Peterson's shadow coverage, but later dropped a pass on third down in the red zone, forcing a field goal that was missed by Graham Gano. The rookie had a drop-filled regular season. The Panthers will either travel to Seattle or Green Bay for the Divisional Round. Benjamin and Greg Olsen will hog most of the targets in the Carolina passing game.
Jan 3 - 8:30 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught one pass for nine yards in the Panthers' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

He was targeted five times but had a horrible early-game drop. The Panthers were then afforded the luxury of sitting on the ball after halftime with a comfortable 24-3 lead. They went on to win it 34-3 and earn the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Benjamin will draw Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie next week. He'll run most of his routes at Cromartie, whose play has slipped in recent weeks.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:19:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin secured 5-of-12 targets for 47 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Not having to deal with Joe Haden (shoulder), Benjamin made a spectacular leaping catch for 18 yards in the second quarter. Otherwise, his receptions consisted of chain-moving gains on a day where Cam Newton managed 201 yards passing. One element missing from Benjamin's game is run-after-catch ability. The Panthers will face the Falcons in Atlanta for the NFC South title next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin secured 8-of-13 targets for 104 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Bucs.

Derek Anderson locked onto Greg Olsen and Benjamin, the latter of whom nearly reeled in a second-quarter one-handed touchdown grab, but couldn't quite hold on. Fantasy owners should still be pleased with Benjamin's final stat line. He'll get back Cam Newton in Week 16 for a date with the falling-flat Browns.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Jordan Todman
5Brandon Wegher
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Mike Tolbert
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Philly Brown
3Ted Ginn
4Jarrett Boykin
5Mike Brown
WR21Devin Funchess
2Jerricho Cotchery
3Brenton Bersin
4Marcus Lucas
5Paul Browning
WR31Jerricho Cotchery
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Jamie Childers
5Scott Simonson
K1Graham Gano