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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver | #13

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (28) / CAR
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Kelvin Benjamin caught 8-of-14 targets for 86 yards in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Saints.
Benjamin could have had a much bigger day, but a 30-yard diving catch was overturned in the first half and a potential 24-yard touchdown wasn't meant to be when Benjamin was only able to get one foot in bounds in the end zone. Benjamin also dropped a pass and jumped way too early for another ball that should have been caught. Benjamin was peppered with targets, leading the team with six more than Ted Ginn. The Panthers are heading into their bye. Oct 16 - 6:29 PM

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Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is active for Week 6 against the Saints.

Jonthan Stewart (hamstring) and Cam Newton (concussion) are also good to go. Benjamin is a legit WR1 in a tasty matchup. Inactive for the Panthers are CB James Bradberry, CB Robert McClain, DT Paul Soliai, DT Vernon Butler, LT Michael Oher, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, and LB Jeremy Cash.
Oct 16 - 12:02 PM

Despite being listed as questionable, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will play against the Saints in Week 6.

After being limited in practice this week, Benjamin is ready to go as an elite WR1. Six different receivers have cleared 80 yards against the Saints in four games, boding well for Benjamin against New Orleans' undermanned cornerback unit.
Oct 16 - 12:45 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is questionable for Week 6 against the Saints.

Benjamin got in another limited practice Friday after popping up on the injury report Thursday. He should be good to go, but it'll be worth checking back again Sunday. Benjamin is a high-end WR1 in a shootout.
Oct 14 - 1:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice.

It's his first appearance on the injury report this year. Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are just being "smart" with Benjamin in the wake of last year's ACL surgery. He'll be fine for Week 6. In a glorious matchup against the Saints' non-existent secondary, Benjamin is a WR1.
Oct 13 - 3:01 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 5-of-9 targets for 70 yards in the Panthers' Week 5 loss to the Bucs.

Benjamin did most of his damage (4-57) in the first half, while Greg Olsen took over after the break, finishing with a career-high 181 yards of Derek Anderson's 278 total passing yards. As you can see, it was all Olsen and Benjamin. The two combined for 21 targets on Anderson's 28 passes. Benjamin saw one end-zone look, but it sailed over his head. He was also the intended receiver on Anderson's first interception. Benjamin will be a WR1 next week in a dream spot at the Saints with Cam Newton (concussion) likely returning to the lineup.
Oct 11 - 12:21 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 3-of-7 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 4 loss to the Falcons.

It was yet another frustratingly quiet afternoon for Benjamin, who had only one grab before the Panthers went into frantic fourth quarter comeback mode. That's where Benjamin got his score. Benjamin started off gangbusters, but has just three catches over his past two games. He's on pace for 64/952/16 at the season's quarter pole. All three totals are realistic, but the touchdowns should come down a little. Benjamin will be a lower-end WR2 for Week 5 regardless of whether or not Cam Newton (concussion) suits up against the Bucs.
Oct 2 - 5:10 PM

Kelvin Benjamin said he's "pumped up" for Week 4 against the Falcons after not catching a pass in the Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

Benjamin expects to do battle most of the day with Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant. In two previous matchups with Trufant, Benjamin got the best of him in one with a 9-109-1 line before Trufant won Round 2, holding Benjamin to 1-9-0 in a 31-point Panthers win where they ran the ball all day. The Panthers have been talking all week how Benjamin is going to be heavily involved. Even in a tough matchup, he needs to be locked into lineups as a WR1/2 that's going to be fed.
Sep 30 - 9:47 AM

Cam Newton said Kelvin Benjamin will not be held catch-less again after seeing just one fruitless target Week 3.

"That can’t happen. That can’t happen," Newton said. "And if I’m speaking for it, that won’t happen again. He’s too good of a player." OC Mike Shula has blamed himself for Benjamin's goose-egg and said the team has to "find a way to get him the ball more." With both the coordinator and quarterback set on getting him targets, Benjamin should see plenty of passes thrown his way against the Falcons.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 9:47 AM

Panthers OC Mike Shula blamed himself for Kelvin Benjamin's catch-less Week 3 against the Vikings.

Benjamin was blanketed by Minnesota's elite defense, drawing just one target. He was not shadowed by Vikings top CB Xavier Rhodes. "Yeah, we’ve got to find a way to get him the ball more," said Shula. "That starts with me. But we’ve got to make sure we’re doing it in a way that we’re not just trying to force him the ball." The squeaky wheel may get greased this week in Atlanta.
Sep 26 - 5:38 PM

Kelvin Benjamin was held without a catch on one target in Carolina's Week 3 loss to the Vikings.

Benjamin's one and only target came with 2:34 remaining. The Panthers' offense was out of sync all day — no running game, no pass protection — but it was still a baffling effort. Cam Newton attempted 35 passes, targeting Greg Olsen 10 times. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it his mission to eliminate Benjamin, and succeeded beyond his wildest imagination. The WR1 overall through the season's first two weeks, Benjamin should bounce back as a borderline WR1 against the Falcons in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 4:41 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 7-of-9 targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 2 win over the 49ers.

Benjamin was a non-factor in the first half, managing one target. He blew up for six of his seven catches and both touchdowns in the final two quarters, taking advantage of a mismatch against Jimmie Ward in the red-zone. Benjamin came through multiple times on third down for the Panthers, including a highlight one-handed catch in traffic that set up his first TD. He has 29 percent of Carolina's targets through two games and has reestablished himself as the clear No. 1 option. Benjamin gets a Vikings defense that could be without CB Xavier Rhodes in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 5:27 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Kelvin Benjamin "played about 15 more snaps than (Rivera) would have liked" in Thursday night's NFL opener.

The Panthers were forced into playing Benjamin more than they planned while struggling in the second half of Thursday night's game. Benjamin wound up logging 51-of-72 plays (70.8 percent) against the Broncos, but the Panthers want him closer to the 50 percent range. Still, it was promising to see Benjamin play well ahead of Devin Funchess. He will be a strong WR2 in Week 2 against the 49ers.
Sep 9 - 1:46 PM

Kelvin Benjamin played 51-of-72 offensive snaps Thursday against the Broncos.

That led all Carolina receivers. Benjamin was expected to only play about 35 snaps but obviously he went way past that projection. The third-year wideout entered the year with plenty of uncertainty but answered most of our concerns with a brilliant performance on Thursday night, dominating an elite Denver secondary with his size and athleticism. Benjamin is firmly back on the WR2 radar and should be a strong fantasy play next week against the lowly Niners.
Sep 9 - 10:35 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 6-of-12 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' season-opening loss to the Broncos.

Benjamin rotated snaps as promised, but he made his work count. He gained 17 yards on a 3rd-and-9 to keep the opening drive alive, and then he boxed out two defenders to come down with a 14-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter. He put his size on display late in the first half as well, easily shoving aside Bradley Roby to turn a short gain into a 15-yard chunk play to help a successful two-minute drill. Benjamin slowed down in the second half, but he came up big with a 21-yard catch to get the Panthers in field-goal range on the final drive, although Graham Gano ended up botching the kick. Despite negative offseason buzz, Benjamin was clearly the No. 1 receiver Thursday night and looks back to his WR2 ways. He will be a must-start next week against the 49ers.
Sep 8 - 11:56 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3Fozzy Whittaker
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Mike Tolbert
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Corey Brown
3Brenton Bersin
WR21Ted Ginn
2Devin Funchess
3Damiere Byrd
WR31Devin Funchess
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
LT1Michael Oher
2Daryl Williams
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
RG1Trai Turner
RT1Mike Remmers
2Donald Hawkins
K1Graham Gano