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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 hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 27 yards Friday night.
With Cam Newton struggling with his accuracy, Benjamin did well to catch half of his targets. Newton badly overthrew Benjamin twice, and he climbed the ladder to haul in two other off-target throws. Even with Funchess reportedly pushing him, Benjamin started and played ahead of the sophomore in two-wide sets. Even so, the depth-chart uncertainty makes him more of a WR3. Aug 26 - 10:50 PM

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Kelvin Benjamin will play without a brace on his surgically-repaired knee.

"If you put something on him and it prohibits him from being who he is, you don't gain anything," coach Ron Rivera said. "I would like to see him wear it but he says he feels good and the doctors say he's doing well. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed." It's actually good news, as Benjamin seems to have already gotten past the trust issues that sometimes plague players coming off major injury. Currently being drafted as a mid-range WR2, Benjamin is going a bit high for our liking, but will be heavily targeted.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 3:41 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Kelvin Benjamin has struggled with conditioning during camp.

Rivera said the goal is to get Benjamin to "where he can handle 30-35 snaps by the end of the preseason." Benjamin has reportedly been getting "winded" after running deep routes. Benjamin has struggled with conditioning and his weight in the past, making this a situation to monitor. The Panthers used a four-way receiver committee last year, something they could re-implement if Benjamin can't open the season capable of playing full complements of snaps.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 6:01 PM

Speaking Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) was in "pretty doggone good form."

Rivera stopped just short of declaring Benjamin all the way back to top form. "Kelvin's retention as far what we're doing, he handled that really well by the way he ran the routes and attacked the football," Rivera said of Benjamin's year on the sideline. "There will be a lot of good things for us to see on tape." Benjamin seems like an obvious overdraft candidate coming off a ridiculously inefficient rookie year followed by a torn ACL, but his WR18 price tag isn't absurd. Someone has to score touchdowns in the Panthers' high-octane offense. WR2 is not out of reach for the third-year pro.
Jul 28 - 9:51 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

He passed his conditioning test, but will be eased into practice. Benjamin is the favorite to lead Carolina's wide receivers in targets if he stays healthy. Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has also been cleared for the start of camp.
Jul 27 - 4:50 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects the team to use more of a "committee" approach at wide receiver this season.

Appearing on Mike Clay's Sirius XM Radio show, Newton predicted Kelvin Benjamin won't see as many targets as he did during his 2014 rookie campaign (145). "They figure to spread it out more in '16," was Clay's takeaway from Newton's hit. Benjamin was a garbage-time king as a rookie, and the Panthers are a lot better now. If his third-round Average Draft Position holds, Benjamin may be one of fantasy football's most overdrafted players this season.
Jul 6 - 10:31 PM

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed he expects Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) to be ready for training camp.

Benjamin has been limited to individual drills at minicamp. He's still getting back into football shape, but will be fully cleared next month. Benjamin's ADP is currently in the mid-third round.
Jun 16 - 11:55 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) has been limited to individual drills at OTAs.

He's been running routes "on air" rather than against defensive backs. Benjamin also needs to work on his conditioning, as he's been seen huffing and puffing after wind sprints. "I’m not where I want to be, but I’m still getting there," Benjamin said. "It’s just getting that football wind back." Coach Ron Rivera expressed confidence Benjamin will be all systems go for training camp.
May 31 - 10:09 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.

This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation.
May 26 - 12:53 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will be full-go for training camp.

As expected. Benjamin even participated in OTAs last week as he continues to come back from a torn ACL suffered last summer in a joint-practice with the Dolphins. Benjamin's return is big news for Carolina's red-zone offense.
Apr 25 - 12:09 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) will be limited in OTAs.

The fact that he'll be on the field at all is good news, however. Benjamin should be ready to rock for training camp after tearing up his knee late last August.
Apr 21 - 11:27 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person reports Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) should be a "full-go" for training camp.

Benjamin will participate on a limited basis during the offseason program, but the Panthers are unlikely to push their No. 1 receiver. Benjamin's rehab has reportedly gone well, and he will be almost a year removed from tearing his ACL once training camp begins. With Cam Newton playing better than ever, Benjamin could be in line for a career year.
Mar 1 - 8:29 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has progressed to doing light running and cutting in his rehab.

Kind of a forgotten man after he missed the entire 2015 season and the playoffs with a torn ACL, Benjamin's reinsertion into the Panthers' offense will be a big one. Benjamin has maintained his weight during his recovery, as he's currently tipping the scales at 238 pounds. Benjamin's return coupled with Cam Newton's monumental improvement could be a lethal 2016 combo.
Feb 24 - 1:35 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL, IR) did some light conditioning work off to the side of practice Friday.

Benjamin appears to be progressing well almost five months removed from tearing his ACL in training camp. He will likely sit out the offseason program, but there is a good chance he is ready when training camp opens. It is scary to think what Cam Newton will be able to do next season with Benjamin back in the fold.
Jan 8 - 12:09 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL, IR) said he has been off crutches for two months.

Benjamin tore his ACL during a joint practice with the Dolphins in training camp. It was a terrible blow to the Panthers and fantasy owners alike, but the one bit of good news is Benjamin should have plenty of time to get ready for 2016. He should be close to 100 percent when training camp opens next year.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:58:00 PM