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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 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. Aug 19 - 5:34 PM

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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.
Aug 19 - 11:13 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.
Aug 19 - 9:57 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.
Aug 14 - 9:08 PM

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

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.
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

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