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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 hauled in 5-of-6 targets for 47 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.
Benjamin was the lone bright-spot for the Panthers' first-team offense. Cam Newton looked his way first on seemingly every pass play, and Benjamin made Carolina's play of the night when he out-muscled Darrelle Revis on a quick slant in the second quarter. Benjamin has 8 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown this preseason. He is being drafted at the end of the 8th round. Aug 22 - 10:12 PM

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Kelvin Benjamin caught 2-of-4 targets for 41 yards in the Panthers' second preseason game Sunday night.

Benjamin's first target came deep down the left sideline. He seemed to mistime his route and was badly overthrown by Cam Newton. As JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) noted on Twitter, Benjamin's ADP probably jumps two rounds if he and Cam connect on that play, so we're happy they didn't. Newton later found Benjamin streaking over the middle on a crosser for a gain of 24. Benjamin is currently being selected in the middle of the ninth round in drafts.
Aug 17 - 10:11 PM

According to the Associated Press, Cam Newton and first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin have been "practically inseparable."

Per reporter Steve Reed, the duo has "forged a close relationship on and off the field." Coach Ron Rivera calls their relationship a "big brother, little brother thing." The off-field chemistry is nice, but the Panthers will be in a world of trouble if they don't strike up a big-time connection on it. Early returns suggest they will.
Aug 14 - 6:37 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton named first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin the star of training camp.

It's no longer a question who is replacing Steve Smith as the No. 1 receiver in Charlotte. Benjamin has had a hiccup or two with drops, but he's mostly caught everything that's come his direction. In the preseason opener against the Bills, he reeled in an acrobatic 29-yard touchdown while falling to the ground. The Panthers have a plethora of red-zone targets, including 6-foot-5 Benjamin, Greg Olsen, and veteran Jerricho Cotchery. Benjamin's ADP has soared from the middle of the 11th round to the end of the 9th the past 14 days.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 3:57 PM

Kelvin Benjamin had a 29-yard touchdown in Friday night's preseason opener against the Bills.

Benjamin played exclusively with the first-team offense and beat Stephon Gilmore on a fly route for his touchdown. He started in one-wide sets, meaning he's already Carolina's best blocking receiver. It also means Benjamin is going to play more snaps than any other Panthers wideout. Benjamin is a value pick at his current 11th-round ADP. He has eight-plus touchdown potential as Cam Newton's No. 2 option behind Greg Olsen.
Aug 8 - 9:15 PM

The Charlotte Observer believes first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin has yet to drop a single pass in training camp.

It's a good sign after Benjamin struggled with drops last year at Florida State. "I’ve yet to find anybody that has seen Benjamin drop a pass in Spartanburg," wrote columnist Tom Sorensen. Benjamin reportedly had about 15 catches in 11-on-11s during Saturday's session, and continued to impress with his massive catch radius at Sunday's practice. A perfect fit for Cam Newton's erratic but powerful arm, Benjamin is a value pick at his 11th-round ADP.
Aug 4 - 12:10 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said it is "obvious" WR Kelvin Benjamin is Cam Newton's "top wide receiver target."

Newton and Benjamin worked together this offseason to build chemistry, and it appears to have paid off. Benjamin is unlikely to be a high-volume receiver his rookie year, but his red zone prowess makes eight-plus touchdowns a real possibility. He is worth a flier at his eleventh-round ADP.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 2 - 1:34 PM

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is back at practice Saturday.

Benjamin has been out almost a week with a bone bruise in his left knee. The rookie will likely man the "X" receiver role for the Panthers this season.
Aug 2 - 9:30 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is expected to resume practicing on Saturday.

Benjamin has been sidelined since last Sunday with a bone bruise on his left knee. It was never a long-term concern. In Carolina's 2014 offense, Benjamin is ticketed for the "X" role while Jerricho Cotchery gets the nod at "Z."
Aug 1 - 3:57 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) fully expects to be ready for the preseason.

Benjamin has a bone bruise. "I’m coming back even harder, 10 times harder," he said. "I’m getting a lot of treatment, just get better." Carolina's first preseason game is in 10 days. Even if Benjamin ultimately sits that out, he should be ready to rock by the time the Panthers host the Chiefs on August 17.
Jul 29 - 5:04 PM

Panthers first-round WR Kelvin Benjamin has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee, and is day to day.

According to coach Ron Rivera, there's no structural damage, but Benjamin's knee is "inflamed." The Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief, but Benjamin is still going to miss some all-important practice time as he attempts to get up to speed as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver. He'll be a boom-or-bust option as a rookie. The Panthers' offense will be in dire straits if Benjamin doesn't "boom."
Jul 28 - 3:37 PM

Coach Ron Rivera insists the Panthers are just being cautious with Kelvin Benjamin's knee injury.

Benjamin underwent a "precautionary" MRI on his left knee Monday. "We want to be smart with it," Rivera said. "It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished (Sunday's) practice, maybe it would have been better. ... I'm optimistic that is what it's going to be." Although MRIs always signal at least some level of concern, it sounds like Benjamin should be back on the practice field before the end of the week.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 2:31 PM

Kelvin Benjamin is getting a precautionary MRI on his left knee Monday.

Benjamin bumped knees with a teammate Sunday and is complaining of soreness. The MRI is not expected to find anything serious, but the Panthers will be holding their breath anyway. Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant are currently behind starters Benjamin and Jerricho Cotchery on the depth chart.
Jul 28 - 10:17 AM

Kelvin Benjamin and 11 other Panthers receivers and quarterbacks had a three-day throwing session with Cam Newton in Charlotte this week.

Newton rounded up the troops at WRs coach Ricky Proehl's athletic park and hosted the three-day "camp" as a tune-up for training camp next week. In addition to Benjamin, veteran receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant were also in attendance. Beat writer Jonathan Jones observed and noted that Benjamin "struggles on routes that force him to come back to the ball" and "gets out of cuts slower than most receivers." We're not expecting a high-volume stat line from Benjamin as a rookie, but he could flirt with 6-8 scores as a red-zone specialist.
Jul 18 - 10:15 AM

Panthers first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin revealed on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he currently weighs 245 pounds.

He weighed 240 at the Combine and 242 at Florida State's Pro Day. Benjamin is a truly massive human being at 6-foot-5 even, with left tackle-like 34 7/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. He projects as Carolina's go-to red-zone target right away, though we're skeptical how many passes Benjamin will end up catching. He could be a 40-catch, eight-touchdown sort of producer in year one.
Jun 30 - 2:38 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Matt Blanchard
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Darrin Reaves
GLB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
3Michael Zordich
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Tavarres King
3Brenton Bersin
4Marcus Lucas
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Jason Avant
3Philly Brown
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Mike McNeill
5D.C. Jefferson
K1Graham Gano