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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 9-of-13 targets for 99 yards in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Eagles.
The catches and targets were both easily new season highs, while Benjamin is now up to 261 yards over his past three games. True to form, Benjamin also committed an awful drop, but he did some work after the catch, and soundly out-produced Devin Funchess. The Bears are not a daunting matchup for Week 7. Oct 13 - 12:29 AM

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Kelvin Benjamin caught 4-of-6 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 5 win over the Lions.

Benjamin was quiet in Darius Slay's coverage besides a pinpoint, 31-yard touchdown throw made by Cam Newton with Slay and another Lions defensive back in the vicinity. Benjamin has begun showing signs of consistency with 75-plus yards and/or a touchdown in each of his last three healthy games. He gets a cupcake draw next against the Eagles' burnable secondary on Thursday night.
Oct 8 - 5:17 PM

Kelvin Benjamin is not listed on the Panthers' final Week 5 injury report.

He practiced in full on Friday and will be all systems go against Darius Slay.
Oct 6 - 2:02 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) returned to Panthers practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

This is Benjamin's routine right now. He will be out there against the Lions, who have been a difficult matchup through the first four games of the season. Benjamin does have a five-inch height advantage on Darius Slay. He's on the WR2/3 borderline.
Oct 5 - 2:46 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is not practicing on Wednesday.

Benjamin didn't practice last Wednesday because of a knee issue before later being removed from the injury report Friday and catching four balls for 104 yards against the Patriots. He should be fine for Sunday at the Lions.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Benjamin will have a much tougher matchup this week, possibly under Darius Slay's shadow. The CB is allowing the 6th-lowest passer rating (46) and currently ranks as PFF's 23rd cover corner. As a unit, Detroit has limited QBs to the 5th-lowest rating (71.6) and check in at 5th in pass DVOA (per FO). They’ve allowed the 4th-fewest passing touchdowns (4) while picking off the 2nd-most passes (7). While Cam Newton’s big game against the Patriots was nice – and helped Benjamin - New England’s pass D has been one of the worst. They’ve allowed the highest rating 116.5 and most pass TDs (11). It may be tough to trust Newton this week, which makes Benjamin a risky option.
Oct 4 - 12:32 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 4-of-4 targets for 104 yards in the Panthers' Week 4 win over the Patriots.

With the big day, Benjamin essentially doubled his season yardage total. He did what he was supposed to do against the Patriots' struggling defense. Although the targets weren't bountiful, Benjamin's knee tweak from Week 3 did not appear to be an issue. He'll be a mid-range WR3 for next week's game against the Lions' surprisingly tough defense.
Oct 1 - 4:45 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) wasn't listed on the Panthers' final injury report for Week 4 against the Patriots.

This was the expected outcome after Benjamin returned to a full practice on Thursday. Benjamin hasn't had a breakout game yet, but he's in a great spot this week against a New England defense that ranks last in the league in both points and yards allowed. The Panthers are also without Greg Olsen (foot), which means Benjamin should see a steady workload as Cam Newton's go-to target.
Sep 29 - 1:49 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was "full" in Thursday's practice.

It puts Benjamin on track to suit up against the Patriots. Coach Ron Rivera said his No. 1 receiver will play, barring a setback. It's a gorgeous matchup, as the Patriots have allowed the most passing yards in the NFL through three weeks. Even with the injury question marks, Benjamin will be an upside WR2.
Sep 28 - 2:48 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) appears to be practicing Thursday.

Benjamin looked like he was going to practice on Wednesday before spending the session on the stationary bike, so him being at practice does not ensure he will participate. Still, the fact he has been at least on the field two days in a row is a good sign. His status for this weekend is still up in the air.
Sep 28 - 11:01 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

He dressed in pads for practice, but Benjamin stretched with the team and then went to the stationary bike for the rest of the morning. Benjamin avoided structural damage in his knee and remains day to day.
Sep 27 - 12:35 PM

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Kelvin Benjamin's left knee, but his Week 4 status is unclear.

Coach Ron Rivera didn't have much of an update beyond Benjamin's MRI news. We would consider him genuinely questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. A limited practice on Wednesday would be a great sign.
Sep 25 - 1:22 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kelvin Benjamin (knee) avoided a "major injury" Week 3 against the Saints.

It is not clear what "major injury" means, and Benjamin still could be sidelined for weeks with a "minor injury." Still, this is good news after Benjamin was reportedly "pretty upset" on the sidelines following the injury. Hopefully we will get a clearer picture on his timeline early in the week. Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey combined for 21 targets with Benjamin sidelined.
Sep 24 - 6:07 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (left knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Saints.

Benjamin appears to be dealing with a multi-week injury, at the minimum. With Cam Newton struggling mightily, the Panthers will move forward with Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel and Russell Shepard as their top three receivers.
Sep 24 - 2:23 PM

Kelvin Benjamin suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints, and is questionable to return.

Although technically "questionable," Benjamin was spotted with his helmet off and ice on his knee early in the second quarter. He was reportedly "pretty upset." He's almost certainly done for the day. Benjamin got pulled down violently from behind, and staggered off the field. It was the opposite of a non-contact injury. Devin Funchess is now the Panthers' "No. 1 receiver."
Sep 24 - 1:48 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee, ribs) wasn't listed on the Panthers' final injury report for Week 3 against the Saints.

Benjamin was absent for Wednesday's practice but returned to full sessions on Thursday and Friday. He has an enticing matchup against New Orleans this week and should lead the team in targets with Greg Olsen (foot) on the shelf.
Sep 22 - 2:12 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
FB1Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Damiere Byrd
3Curtis Samuel
WR21Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Chris Manhertz
LT1Matt Kalil
2John Theus
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Greg Van Roten
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano