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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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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

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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

Speaking Tuesday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin may not play as many snaps as he did as a rookie, and that he wants to spread out the playing time more at receiver.

It's similar to what the Panthers did without Benjamin last season. Benjamin played 948 snaps in 2014, which was good for the 15th most in the league at receiver. The Panthers have since reacquired Ted Ginn and developed Devin Funchess. Rivera's comments make sense on paper, but Benjamin is still Carolina's most important receiver. Perhaps his snaps will be dialed back a bit, especially early on as he gets his conditioning in order, but playing time should not be a concern.
Sep 6 - 1:50 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirms he'll try to limit Kelvin Benjamin to around 35 snaps in Sunday's opener.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the number on Saturday. Benjamin's conditioning isn't quite up to snuff as he returns from his year-plus absence. Squaring off with the Broncos' elite defense, Benjamin will be more of a WR4 than WR2/3 with the training wheels on.
Sep 5 - 2:46 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers plan to play Kelvin Benjamin "around 35 snaps" Week 1 against the Broncos.

Benjamin was limited all preseason with conditioning issues as he attempts to return from a torn ACL, and it does not sound like he is all the way back yet. Carolina rotated Devin Funchess in plenty with the first-team behind Benjamin and Ted Ginn in the third preseason game, and he will likely play big snaps Week 1 as well. Against a top defense with an uncertain workload, it will be tough to trust any Carolina receiver Week 1.
Sep 3 - 8:45 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
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
LT1Michael Oher
2Daryl Williams
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
RG1Trai Turner
RT1Mike Remmers
2Donald Hawkins
K1Graham Gano