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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: Florida State
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Kelvin Benjamin is missing some OTAs sessions with a strained hamstring.
Benjamin dealt with a concussion and minor knee issue last season, but appeared in all 16 games. He should be 100 percent for next month's minicamp. His durability isn't a concern for 2015. May 21 - 4:37 PM

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Kelvin Benjamin admitted he got mentally fatigued during his rookie year.

It's not a surprise. Benjamin was one of last year's more raw wideout prospects, yet was tasked with the job of being his team's No. 1 target right away. There were some downs but a plenty of ups and the Panthers wisely stuck with him for the whole journey. When the dust settled, Benjamin overcame the fatigue to finish with 73-1,008-9 as fantasy's No. 17 WR. He should have more stamina in Year 2.
Apr 20 - 12:18 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught seven passes for 75 yards with two touchdowns in Saturday's 31-17 Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

With Seattle's No. 2 CB Byron Maxwell (illness) sidelined, Benjamin dog-walked backup Tharold Simon all over the field. It's an impressive wrap to an eye-opening rookie season. The linebacker-sized Benjamin was Cam Newton's top target from Day 1, battling through some inconsistency to finish with a 73-1,008-9 line while playing in all 16 games. He's never going to be a big YAC guy and has some ugly drops, but the 23-year-old Benjamin has plenty of room to grow with route-running and has the kind of size that dominates the red-zone weekly. He profiles as a strong WR2 in 2015 fantasy circles.
Jan 11 - 12:10 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 33 yards in the Panthers' Wild Card win over the Cardinals.

He was targeted a team-high seven times. Benjamin made a couple nice body catches in the first quarter in Patrick Peterson's shadow coverage, but later dropped a pass on third down in the red zone, forcing a field goal that was missed by Graham Gano. The rookie had a drop-filled regular season. The Panthers will either travel to Seattle or Green Bay for the Divisional Round. Benjamin and Greg Olsen will hog most of the targets in the Carolina passing game.
Jan 3 - 8:30 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught one pass for nine yards in the Panthers' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

He was targeted five times but had a horrible early-game drop. The Panthers were then afforded the luxury of sitting on the ball after halftime with a comfortable 24-3 lead. They went on to win it 34-3 and earn the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Benjamin will draw Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie next week. He'll run most of his routes at Cromartie, whose play has slipped in recent weeks.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:19:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin secured 5-of-12 targets for 47 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

Not having to deal with Joe Haden (shoulder), Benjamin made a spectacular leaping catch for 18 yards in the second quarter. Otherwise, his receptions consisted of chain-moving gains on a day where Cam Newton managed 201 yards passing. One element missing from Benjamin's game is run-after-catch ability. The Panthers will face the Falcons in Atlanta for the NFC South title next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin secured 8-of-13 targets for 104 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Bucs.

Derek Anderson locked onto Greg Olsen and Benjamin, the latter of whom nearly reeled in a second-quarter one-handed touchdown grab, but couldn't quite hold on. Fantasy owners should still be pleased with Benjamin's final stat line. He'll get back Cam Newton in Week 16 for a date with the falling-flat Browns.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 2-of-5 targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Saints.

It was an all-too typical day at the office for Benjamin, who mixed the good with the bad. Benjamin whipped Keenan Lewis on his nine-yard score in the first quarter, but dropped what could have been a 59-yard touchdown 10 minutes later. He also committed a personal foul. Benjamin will remain a boom-or-bust WR2 for next week's matchup with the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:41:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught five passes for 56 yards in the Panthers' Week 13 loss to the Vikings.

Benjamin was targeted a team-high 12 times, but didn't do anything special with Xavier Rhodes draped on him for much of the day. Benjamin made one good catch in some traffic. That was about it. He remains an every-week starter as a target dominator, but Carolina can't get the pass game going. Benjamin gets the Saints in Week 14, whom he went just 2-18-0 against in Week 9.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:21:00 PM

WRs coach Ricky Proehl said the Panthers have to "make sure we get" Kelvin Benjamin involved weekly.

Benjamin has been far from perfect this year, catching just 52-of-98 targets while battling some drops and poor routes. But the Panthers have wisely stuck with him through the mistakes and have been rewarded with eight touchdowns. "You’ve got to get him touches, because he gets going," Proehl said. "Just like any great receiver, when you feed him he gets into the game." Clearly a focal point of the offense, Benjamin is an every-week fantasy starter heading into a Week 13 game at Minnesota.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught nine passes for 109 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Benjamin was targeted a team-high 13 times, but continues to mix frustration with greatness. Benjamin was the culprit again this week on one of Cam Newton's interceptions, simply giving up on a slant route. But he later made a juggling catch for a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The entire Carolina team needs the Week 12 bye, and Benjamin could use the mental break.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' Week 10 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.

What a way to save a horrific night. Benjamin was held to one catch for 13 yards much of the night before securing two garbage-time touchdowns late in the fourth quarter with Carolina getting smoked by 38 points. He was targeted seven times on the night, but stopped his first route of the night short, leading directly to a Cam Newton interception. Fantasy owners don't mind, but Benjamin was horrible Monday. The boom-or-bust WR2 gets the Falcons next week.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:26:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught just 2-of-10 targets for 18 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

A lot of the blame for Benjamin's quiet night rests on the inaccurate arm of Cam Newton, but Benjamin straight up dropped a ball in the end zone for the second-consecutive week. He also committed a costly holding penalty that wiped out a third quarter first-down run from Jonathan Stewart. Benjamin flashes jaw-dropping physical talent every Sunday (or Thursday), but has had truly abysmal hands through the first nine games of his NFL career. He's a boom-or-bust WR2.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Kelvin Benjamin said he purposely ran a slower forty time at the Combine "because I wanted to play for the Panthers."

Benjamin clocked a 4.61 in February, but says he's been timed as fast as 4.41. At 6'5/240, running a sub-4.5 forty would have likely made Benjamin a top-10 or top-15 pick. The story is hard to believe.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 09:26:00 AM

Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 94 yards in Sunday's 13-9 Week 8 loss to the Seahawks.

Instead of just sticking at his usual LCB spot, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks showed Benjamin respect by shadowing him all over the field. For the most part, Benjamin was up to the challenge. The 4-94-0 line on seven targets could have been much more if a high end-zone pass didn't clang off his hands and if Cam Newton didn't slightly overthrow an open Benjamin on a bomb. Regardless, owners should be very, very encouraged by the first-round rookie's performance against Sherman. He's going to have a monster rest of the season, starting with upcoming cupcake matchups against the Saints, Eagles and Falcons. Benjamin will top his current 76-1142-10 pace.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 03:53:00 PM