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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: Florida State
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Kelvin Benjamin caught just 2-of-10 targets for 18 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.
A lot of the blame for Benjamin's quiet night rests on the inaccurate arm of Cam Newton, but Benjamin straight up dropped a ball in the end zone for the second-consecutive week. He also committed a costly holding penalty that wiped out a third quarter first-down run from Jonathan Stewart. Benjamin flashes jaw-dropping physical talent every Sunday (or Thursday), but has had truly abysmal hands through the first nine games of his NFL career. He's a boom-or-bust WR2. Oct 30 - 11:48 PM

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Kelvin Benjamin said he purposely ran a slower forty time at the Combine "because I wanted to play for the Panthers."

Benjamin clocked a 4.61 in February, but says he's been timed as fast as 4.41. At 6'5/240, running a sub-4.5 forty would have likely made Benjamin a top-10 or top-15 pick. The story is hard to believe.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 29 - 9:26 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 94 yards in Sunday's 13-9 Week 8 loss to the Seahawks.

Instead of just sticking at his usual LCB spot, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks showed Benjamin respect by shadowing him all over the field. For the most part, Benjamin was up to the challenge. The 4-94-0 line on seven targets could have been much more if a high end-zone pass didn't clang off his hands and if Cam Newton didn't slightly overthrow an open Benjamin on a bomb. Regardless, owners should be very, very encouraged by the first-round rookie's performance against Sherman. He's going to have a monster rest of the season, starting with upcoming cupcake matchups against the Saints, Eagles and Falcons. Benjamin will top his current 76-1142-10 pace.
Oct 26 - 3:53 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 3-of-6 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Benjamin's score came deep into garbage time, but was impressive as he skied over Packers CB Tramon Williams in the end zone. Benjamin also boxed out Williams on a nifty grab in the second quarter. Averaging five catches for 68 yards per week, Benjamin has also found the end zone in 5-of-7 games. He's a WR2 with weekly WR1 upside. Seattle's Legion of Boom represents a stiff Week 8 test, however.
Oct 19 - 5:37 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is active for Week 7 against the Packers.

Benjamin is good to go as a top-15 option against a Packers defense missing RCB Sam Shields. LCB Tramon Williams (ankle) is active, but operating at less than 100 percent. Inactive for the Panthers are QB Joe Webb, CB Josh Norman, CB Bene Benwikere, RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, OG Amini Silatolu and LB Chase Blackburn.
Oct 19 - 11:36 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play Week 7 against the Packers.

Benjamin gets the green light just in time for a delicious matchup. He'll be Cam Newton's go-to guy in the red zone against a Green Bay secondary that will be down top CB Sam Shields (knee) and could be missing No. 2 CB Tramon Williams (ankle, game-time decision). We'll have official word on Benjamin's active/inactive status by 11:30 ET, but all signs point to him making the start.
Oct 19 - 7:53 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports "all signs point" to Kelvin Benjamin (questionable, concussion) playing in Sunday's game against the Packers.

Benjamin traveled with the team to Green Bay on Saturday. Barring any setbacks, he's expected to be cleared for Week 7. Benjamin will be a high-upside WR2 against a Green Bay secondary that will be without Sam Shields (knee) and could be without Tramon Williams (ankle).
Oct 18 - 4:51 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said he would bet on Kelvin Benjamin (questionable, concussion) playing this week.

Benjamin reportedly "looked good" in practice on Friday, and coach Ron Rivera seemed optimistic he would be cleared. The final step for Benjamin is to be cleared by an independent doctor, which should happen on Saturday. With the Packers' secondary decimated by injury, Benjamin would be a high-upside WR2 if he is able to play.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 18 - 9:41 AM

Coach Ron Rivera was pleased with Kelvin Benjamin's (questionable, concussion) work on the practice field Friday.

Benjamin still must be cleared by an independent doctor, but he appears to have just that final hurdle to clear. The Panthers expect to have an answer on Benjamin's Week 7 availability by Saturday. "Now he looked good on the field. I thought he practiced well. He looked sharp," said Rivera. "I really don't think he had a (mental error). He did all of his assignments that he was supposed to do. He took a lot of reps today, which I understand is part of the protocol is to have him go out and practice and see how he does and then evaluate later. My understanding is that would be tomorrow, as far as to see how he is."
Oct 17 - 1:18 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is questionable for Week 7 against the Packers.

Benjamin returned to practice Friday, going through every receiver drill in pads and his helmet. He still needs to be cleared, but beat writers remain optimistic Benjamin will play Sunday. With the Packers down top CB Sam Shields (knee) and CB Tramon Williams (ankle) iffy, Benjamin will be a high-upside WR2. Check back over the weekend to see if Benjamin gets cleared in time to play.
Oct 17 - 12:48 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) was in pads at Friday's practice.

We'll get a participation status later this morning, but it's a step in the positive direction for Benjamin, who missed both Wednesday and Thursday's practices. The Panthers remain optimistic he'll be cleared for Sunday's tilt with the Packers. If Benjamin does get cleared, he'll have a very tasty matchup with Packers CB Sam Shields (knee) likely out and CB Tramon Williams (ankle) a game-time call. Keep tabs on Benjamin later this afternoon and into the weekend.
Oct 17 - 11:10 AM

The Panthers are still optimistic that Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) will gain full clearance for Week 7 on Friday.

However, coach Ron Rivera was entertaining hypotheticals after Benjamin sat out Thursday's practice, saying his absence against the Packers would be a "considerable" loss. For now, owners can remain cautiously optimistic, but must be ready for the possibility that Benjamin doesn't play. We should know his Week 7 status 24 hours from now.
Oct 16 - 2:23 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is not practicing Thursday.

Benjamin is in a race to get through the protocol before Sunday's game against the Packers, leaving him questionable for now. Note that he also suffered a concussion in November of last season while playing for Florida State. If Benjamin can't go, Cam Newton would have to rely very heavily on Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.
Oct 16 - 11:46 AM

The concussion Kelvin Benjamin suffered against the Bengals was his second within the last year.

Benjamin was also concussed last November while playing against Wake Forest. This is more of a bookkeeping note as the Panthers do not seem concerned at all with the status of their stud rookie. We'll know more on his Week 7 status by Thursday afternoon.
Oct 16 - 9:55 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Benjamin took a big hit from Vontaze Burfict in the Week 6 tie with the Bengals, but he later returned to the game and posted a 7-49-1 line. Benjamin will be a high-upside WR2 against the Packers in Week 7, should he be cleared in time. Teammates have said they expect to see Benjamin practice Thursday.
Oct 15 - 1:49 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Chris Ogbonnaya
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Philly Brown
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Jason Avant
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
K1Graham Gano