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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver | #13

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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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The Panthers will exercise WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year team option for 2018.
It's a no-brainer. While Benjamin tore his ACL in 2015 and had a down 2016, he's still a big talent in a wide receiver corps that otherwise lacks it. Benjamin turned 26 in February and is under team control through his age-27 year. He should benefit from a healthy offseason and needs Cam Newton to bounce back to his MVP level of play. Benjamin is a fantasy WR3 with big upside. Mar 24 - 11:52 AM

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Kelvin Benjamin caught 6-of-7 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Bucs.

It's the second straight week Benjamin found the end-zone after going without a TD in seven of his last eight games. Benjamin never looked fully healthy this year and faded in the second half, but should benefit from a full offseason. He's locked in as the Panthers’ No. 1 wideout option for 2017.
Jan 1 - 5:04 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 4-of-8 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

Benjamin made the play of the game for the offense on the final snap of the third quarter, getting away with a push off before going up high for a 26-yard touchdown. Benjamin played better than his stat line as Cam Newton threw well over his head on at least a couple targets, but he deserved the off-target throws after spinning the ball following a nine-yard gain on third-and-10 -- meaning he was one-yard short of the first down -- and just stopping on what should have been an interception late in the game. Coming off his most yards since Week 10 and his first touchdown since Week 12, Benjamin will be a WR3 in the season finale in Tampa Bay.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (back) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Benjamin was limited on Wednesday. He's all set for Saturday's game against Atlanta. Benjamin has scored just one touchdown over his last 10 games and won't be more than a desperation WR4 for championship week.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 03:45:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Redskins.

On a night Cam Newton threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, it's a definite concern that Benjamin wasn't even a factor. Greg Olsen (6-85) led the team with nine targets, and Ted Ginn was the home run hitter with a 4-64-1 line on eight looks. Newton spread the ball around the rest of the evening. Benjamin was expected to see shadow coverage from Josh Norman in this one, but Norman mostly just played his side. Over the last three weeks, Benjamin has totaled five catches for 48 yards. He'll try and rebound next week in a bounce-back spot at home against the Falcons.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 12:40:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (back) is active for Monday night's Week 15 game against the Redskins.

Benjamin had always been "on track" to play tonight. He'll be shadowed by ex-teammate Josh Norman, and hasn't been producing the past month-plus. Benjamin is a WR3/4. Greg Olsen should eat tonight.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 07:23:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (back) is questionable for Week 15 against the Redskins.

Despite the questionable tag, Benjamin is reportedly "right on track" to play. Less than 100 percent and expected to be shadowed by Josh Norman, Benjamin is no better than a dart-throw WR4.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 12:52:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (back) remained limited at Friday's practice.

Benjamin isn't 100 percent, but who is at this juncture? He'll be fine for Monday night's tilt against the Redskins. Expect him to be shadowed by ex-teammate Josh Norman. Benjamin find himself on the WR3/4 borderline this week.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:39:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (back) was "limited" in Thursday's practice.

It's a new injury for Benjamin, who had been dealing with a shoulder issue. He tweaked his back making a catch in Wednesday's practice. Coming off a game where he got benched late for lack of effort, Benjamin will be a mediocre WR4 against Josh Norman and company. Ted Ginn is the more reliable Panthers wideout right now.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 02:59:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin expects Redskins CB Josh Norman to shadow him Monday night.

Benjamin has pretty much been a disaster for most of the season. He's scored just one touchdown since September and has catch totals of one, two, two, and three over the past four games without topping 56 yards in any of them. With ex-teammate Norman on deck, Benjamin will be a back-end WR3.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 01:21:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was "fine with" Kelvin Benjamin's effort Week 14 against the Chargers.

Rivera also said Benjamin was not benched despite not playing the last series and a half, blaming personnel groupings for the receiver's absence. Benjamin earned warranted criticism after the game for not even attempting to run down two interceptions which were eventually called back. Benjamin has also struggled to get open in recent weeks and seems to be hitting the wall after fighting back from an ACL tear during the offseason. With Josh Norman next up on the schedule, Benjamin will be nothing more than a bottom-barrel WR3.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 09:57:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 1-of-4 targets for 11 yards in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Chargers, and appeared to get benched late for poor effort.

Cam Newton got picked at the four-yard line with 11:00 remaining, and Benjamin completely dogged it as Trovon Reed returned it for a 96-yard touchdown. The ball was eventually brought back to the four, but coach Ron Rivera had seen enough after Benjamin did something similar earlier in the game. It was really quite egregious. Benjamin's fantasy season has faded into oblivion. He has three catches for 29 yards over his past two games. He won't be a recommended WR3 against Josh Norman and the Redskins.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:58:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said maybe the team "got ahead of ourselves" in Kelvin Benjamin's recovery from an ACL tear this offseason.

"Maybe we did get him out there too soon, too much," Rivera said. Benjamin has not been spectacular, but he has actually caught a larger percentage of his targets and averaged more yards per catch this year than his rookie season. He also is dealing with a shoulder injury which likely has nothing to do with being pushed back "too soon." The Panthers will look for answers after this lost season, but Benjamin has been fine.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 2-of-9 targets for 18 yards in Week 13 against Seattle.

Benjamin led the Panthers in targets, but couldn't get on the same page with Cam Newton. He was overthrown on two end-zone shot and didn't look fully healthy after landing on his shoulder in the third quarter. The Panthers rested Benjamin on the final drive, but he should be fine for Week 14. Benjamin will be a WR2 for a matchup with the Chargers.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 12:11:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder) is active for Week 13 against Seattle.

Benjamin was limited in practice this week but there was never any doubt over his status. The Panthers inactives are RB Cameron Artis-Payne, DE Mario Addison, DT Paul Soliai, S Kurt Coleman, LB Luke Kuechly, OT Daryl Williams, and TE Chris Manhertz.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:11:00 PM

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3Russell Shepard
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4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
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3Jake Rodgers
4Tyrus Thompson
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RT1Michael Oher
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