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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
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Kelvin Benjamin caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' preseason opener.
Playing pitch and catch with Derek Anderson on Carolina’s first drive, Benjamin made the first big play of the game on a 17-yard gain where 6-foot-5 Benjamin stiff-armed Texans RCB Kevin Johnson to the ground to tack on yards after catch. We can’t say Benjamin looked quick, but he certainly showed some power. Benjamin capped the Panthers’ second drive with a contested-catch win for a 23-yard touchdown, beating Texans top CB Johnathan Joseph. A value pick all spring and summer, expect Benjamin’s ADP to jump at least a full round after tonight. Aug 9 - 8:24 PM

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin reported to camp at 243 pounds.

Benjamin weighed in at 240 pounds at the Combine, so that is a good weight for him, especially since the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports he tipped the scales at "about 270 in April." Reportedly looking "leaner" and "quick off the ball" in camp, hopefully Benjamin can put the weight issue behind him.
Aug 1 - 9:44 AM

According to the Charlotte Observer, Kelvin Benjamin has looked "leaner" and "quick off the ball" early in Panthers camp.

The observation comes one day after coach Ron Rivera stated Benjamin is back "where he needs to be" from a weight and conditioning standpoint. Benjamin has been falling to the seventh and sometimes eighth rounds of July drafts and could prove a value pick there based on his touchdown ceiling.
Jul 26 - 9:10 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin is "where he needs to be" weight-wise.

The Panthers put Benjamin on blast during the offseason, but he got the message. Despite the weight issues and a disappointing 2016, Benjamin is still the Panthers' No. 1 receiver. If he can avoid Eddie Lacy status, he's a touchdown scorer who should produce as a WR2/3.
Jul 25 - 3:23 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person writes Kelvin Benjamin "worked his way back into shape" during the offseason program.

Coach Ron Rivera called out Benjamin for being a "little heavy" in April, and Twitter has been filled with pictures and video clips highlighting the receiver's frame ever since. Benjamin looks a lot better leaving the offseason program, however, and as long as he keeps it off during the break, he should get into better shape during training camp. A threat for double-digit touchdowns every season, it would not be shocking if Benjamin outplayed his draft slot.
Jun 19 - 11:47 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he thinks criticism of Kelvin Benjamin's conditioning has been unfair.

Benjamin looks heavy in pictures and videos from OTAs, but Rivera said he likes where the receiver is in terms of his conditioning. Of course, Rivera is the one who said Benjamin reported for the offseason program "a little heavy." Even if he is not in top shape right now, Benjamin has time to get there before camp.
May 25 - 11:41 AM

Kelvin Benjamin said he knows he needs "to be in the best shape of (his) life" this season.

Benjamin was called out by coach Ron Rivera for being "a little heavy" at the start of the offseason program, but he has been putting in extra work ever since to get into shape. "I was really kind of disappointed," Benjamin said. "I wanted to come in and set the bar high for myself and let my teammates know that KB is back this year and he’s ready to roll." With two new dynamic weapons in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, Benjamin will have to show better this season to retain his target share. Getting in shape would be a good first step.
May 18 - 11:56 AM

Kelvin Benjamin has been getting "extra treatment" at Panthers workouts this offseason.

The Charlotte Observer took it as a euphemism for Benjamin trying to get in better shape. Speaking about the situation, coach Ron Rivera — who recently acknowledged Benjamin is "a little heavy" — said Benjamin has worked very hard "when he's been around." The hope now is that Benjamin takes better care of himself away from the team.
May 8 - 3:11 PM

Panthers exercised WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year team option for 2018.

GM Dave Gettleman said the team would pick up the option in March, but Benjamin complicated matters by showing up to offseason work a "little heavy" in the words of coach Ron Rivera. Guaranteed for injury only, the option does not ensure Benjamin will be back with the team in 2018, and he may have some hearts and minds to win back inside the organization coming off a down year.
May 2 - 1:37 PM

Updating a previous item, the Panthers have yet to exercise WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Back in March, GM Dave Gettleman said the team would pick up the option, but that was before Benjamin showed up to voluntary workouts a little pudgy, leading to coach Ron Rivera openly calling him out this past weekend for being a "little heavy." Benjamin wasn't his pre-injury self in 2016 and threw a fit on the sideline in one game. The Panthers are putting him on notice.
May 1 - 9:10 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin is a "little heavy."

Rivera said he's concerned about the weight gain but in the same breath acknowledged that Benjamin is "working hard." Benjamin's conditioning has been questioned before and it may have been a factor in 2016 when he wore down late in the year. KB has the look of a risky WR3 heading into his age-26 season.
Apr 29 - 7:50 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 11:52 AM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
5Jalen Simmons
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Darrel Young
2Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Damiere Byrd
4Keyarris Garrett
5Kaelin Clay
WR21Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
3Curtis Samuel
4T.J. Graham
5Mose Frazier
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
LT1Matt Kalil
2Dan France
3Blaine Clausell
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
3Brian Folkerts
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Tyler Larsen
4Greg Van Roten
RG1Trai Turner
2Chris Scott
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano
2Harrison Butker