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13 Kelvin Benjamin WR
Height/Weight: 6-5/240 | Birthdate: 2/5/1991 | Birthplace: Belle Glade, FL, USA | Team: Carolina | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 96/50 | Average Draft Position: 103.90
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Kelvin Benjamin able to practice Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. The Panthers are preparing to play Pittsburgh Week 3.

Kelvin Benjamin sits out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin did not practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, reports the Charlotte Observer. The injury is not believed to be serious.

Kelvin Benjamin has two catches


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin had a quiet game Sunday in Week 2 against the Lions.

Benjamin had just two catches for 46 yards on eight targets, which tied Greg Olsen for the team lead. Benjamin did have what appeared to be a touchdown catch, but he did not have two feet in the end zone.

He will look to rebound in Week 3 against the Steelers.


Kelvin Benjamin makes spectacular over-the-shoulder touchdown grab in Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin started his career on the right foot, scoring a touchdown in a Week 1 win over Tampa Bay.

Benjamin made his first catch for a gain of 11 yards to convert a third down on the second drive of the game. He caught a 22-yard pass from backup Derek Anderson to convert another first down in the opening quarter.

Benjamin made a spectacular grab over the shoulder of defensive back Mike Jenkins for a 26-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He was heavily targeted in the game, catching six of eight passes thrown his way for a team-high 92 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 victory.

Benjamin should have Cam Newton back under center when the Panthers will host the Lions in Week 2.

Fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with Kelvin Benjamin


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin will not have an easy time making big plays in his first professional game on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Benjamin led the Panthers in receiving with 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown during the preseason. However, with Cam Newton's status up in the air, the team may rely heavily on the running game. And when they do pass, Benjamin will receive plenty of double coverage this because the rest of Carolina’s receiving team are slow and haven’t able to scare opposing defenses.

He’ll also have a difficult matchup against Alterraun Verner. If Newton plays, Benjamin will receive plenty of targets since he’s practically the only option available for the signal caller. Unless you’re in a deep league, you probably didn't draft Benjamin to be your starter right away. Fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with the rookie wideout come Week 1.

Kelvin Benjamin OK after dealing with swelling in knee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin said he had some swelling in his right knee following the team's final preseason game against the Steelers. He had his right knee wrapped Wednesday, but he told reporters he is OK, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Kelvin Benjamin suffers jammed finger in preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin jammed his middle finger during Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Charlotte Observer reports. Benjamin told the paper that the injury is not considered to be serious.

He was targeted seven times and had four catches for 56 yards. He finished the preseason with 12 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown. Benjamin should be ready for the season opener at Tampa Bay on Sept. 7.

Kelvin Benjamin heavily targeted with first unit Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was heavily targeted with the first unit during Friday's preseason game against the Patriots. Benjamin made three early grabs through traffic in the opening quarter. He was targeted six times and finished with five grabs for a team-high 47 yards, averaging 9.4 yards per attempt.

Drafting Kelvin Benjamin easier than drafting Cam Newton


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) As it stands on Monday, Cam Newton has a draft average at 84th overall while Kelvin Benjamin's ADP is at 120th overall. Benjamin is the better bargain considering what we've seen from him this preseason, but Newton's value isn't exactly overhyped, either. I might rather wait to see if Newton falls in my draft before considering him as part of a QB platoon to kick off my season. 

Kelvin Benjamin: Star of Panthers' camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin was the star of training camp and has made Steve Smith, the franchise's all-time leading receiver, an afterthought, reports ESPN.com.

Benjamin "opened camp with a spectacular leaping catch, stole the show in the preseason opener against Buffalo with an awkward-but-acrobatic diving 29-yard touchdown catch and ended camp with a leaping touchdown catch over the middle with two defenders draped on him," the report said.

"I'm not unhappy," said general manager Dave Gettleman, who released Smith in March. "Kelvin, he came prepared. He came in very good physical shape. You could see his energy is there every day. He's done everything we've asked him to do and he's getting better all the time."

The 6-5, 240-pound Benjamin has a lot to work on, however.

"We saw him do the things we needed him to do, but it's not just about going out and making great catches," coach Ron Rivera said "It's about knowing the offense. ... And there's some things that if teams are doubling you, or teams are rolling to you, they're trying to take you out.

"And if you're not doing things within what we're trying to do, that can hurt us. So he's young. He's got a lot to learn."

Panthers name top three receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) As expected, Panthers coach Ron Rivera named rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant the team's top three receivers, reports the Associated Press. Benjamin continues to look good in camp, especially in the red zone.

Kelvin Benjamin makes acrobatic catch in first preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin found the end zone in his first preseason action on Friday against the Bills.

Benjamin lost his balance but recovered quickly enough to make a diving 29-yard catch in the endzone for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was his only catch of the night despite being targeted twice by backup quarterback Derek Anderson and the rest of the first-team offense.

Benjamin will look to build on that performance -- possibly with Cam Newton -- Aug. 16 at Pittsburgh.

Kelvin Benjamin not back yet


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who sustained a bone bruise in his knee Sunday, remained sidelined for Friday's practice, the team said. Benjamin reportedly is recovering well and is expected to return soon.

Kelvin Benjamin showing quick improvement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who suffered a bone bruise in his knee Sunday, said he woke up Tuesday feeling like a new man, reports the team's website. He'll wait for the OK from trainers but expects to resume practicing soon.

Benjamin reiterated that he'll play in preseason games.


Kelvin Benjamin only has bone bruise


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) An MRI on Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin showed he has a bone bruise in his left knee and not a structural problem, reports the Associated Press. The knee is sore, and it's just "a matter of getting the swelling to calm down," the report said.

Benjamin should get back on the field "in a matter of days," the team said.


Rivera optimistic Kelvin Benjamin's knee will be fine


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/28/2014) Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that he's optimistic there's nothing seriously wrong with rookie Kelvin Benjamin's left knee. The receiver went for an MRI on Monday. 

"It's strictly precautionary," Rivera said per The Associated Press. "I'm optimistic. He shook it off and he finished practice. It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished practice maybe it would have been better. If it's negative we'll just keep on rolling. I'm optimistic that is what it's going to be."

Benjamin had been having an outstanding camp before getting hurt. 


Kelvin Benjamin getting an MRI on his left knee


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/28/2014) The Panthers announced Monday that rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin is getting a precautionary MRI on his knee after banging into a defensive back in practice on Sunday. He won't practice with the team. The Charlotte Observer reports it's his left knee that got dinged. 

Paper predicts roles for Panthers receivers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Kelvin Benjamin will start while Jason Avant works as the third receiver. That's the prediction of how the Panthers will re-stock their receiving corps according to the Charlotte Observer

The paper thinks Tiquan Underwood might have cost himself an opportunity after dropping a lot of passes through the OTAs. Rarely-used receivers Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King don't look like full-time players just yet. The paper suggested Brenton Bersin as a candidate to step into a small role -- the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is a favorite of Cam Newton's and he knows every receiving spot, which the coaches like. 

Carolina's offense figures to use more two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson the primary weapons. 


Cam Newton working with new receivers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is running a three-day training session for the team's quarterbacks and receivers in Greensboro, N.C., reports the Charlotte Observer.

The group includes Newton, two other quarterbacks, nine receivers and one tight end. Of the 13 players there, no one other than Newton threw or caught a pass for the Panthers in the 2013 regular season, which means Greg Olsen is not in attendance.

Newton, close to but still not 100 percent on his surgically repaired ankle, has missed nearly all of the offseason workouts while rehabbing and has not been able to throw as much as he would like with his brand-new receiving corps, which includes rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant.

"We're trying to fill in the question marks, and it starts with these days," Newton said. "No distractions."


Panthers receivers could be better in 2014


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) The Panthers entire receiving corps has been overhauled this season, but ESPN reports the unit could be better this year.

Gone are Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon. In their place are rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans in Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood.

The report says Smith at 35 was no better than a No. 2 receiver and at the end of his career. LaFell, Ginn and Hixon really weren't big losses when you look at it closely.

The key here will be chemistry, but Benjamin looks like a red zone beast at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and Cotchery and Avant are solid possession receivers, who are more dependable than the players they replaced.


Panthers WRs set to catch Cam Newton's passes soon


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/11/2014) The Panthers open training camp on July 26 but the receivers will begin working with quarterback Cam Newton next week in Charlotte, wideout Tiquan Underwood told USA Today on Thursday. 

"It's been more difficult because Cam's coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn't throw with him as much as we would like," Underwood said. " ... We're just going to try to speed up the process. We're all going to throw -- Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers -- just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp."

Newton has barely practiced with his receivers this offseason as he's recovered from ankle surgery. Nearly all of his receivers are new to the Panthers -- Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Underwood all signed as free agents while Kelvin Benjamin was taken with the team's first-round pick.

Any chemistry Newton can develop with his receivers before camp starts would be considered a huge plus for the Panthers offense. 


Benjamin talks playbook, adjusting to the pros


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/1/2014) Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin spent a little time with the Ross Tucker Football Podcast and mentioned how he's focused on playing the X in the offense and that he's at 245 pounds (up from 240 pounds at the combine). For Benjamin, learning the playbook and adjusting to the speed of the game have been key factors for him this offseason. 

"It really does speed up," Benjamin said of playing football in the pros versus in college. "You're not used to it. When I first got there, rookie training camp was pretty much the same. It was easy. I caught on real fast and I was making big plays. When I got to OTAs for the first two days I felt nervous and it was a faster pace because the real quarterbacks came in and were calling the plays much faster. So I really just had to go back in and study, get with Cam (Newton) and listen to the calls and after that it really slowed back down."

As for the playbook, Benjamin is focused on learning it so it doesn't slow him down once the games start. He did add that it was easy for him to catch on because the plays were based on routes, not concepts, which is something he had in high school. Benjamin is also allowed to change his route based on what the coverage is. 

Finally, Benjamin said he got work in with Newton after minicamp practices as well as during the final minicamp practice. When comparing Newton's arm to that of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Benjamin conceded that Newton throws a "powerful" ball. 


Kelvin Benjamin plans to hang around with Newton


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin plans to spend the time between minicamp and training camp working with quarterback Cam Newton, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Benjamin said he'll spend the four weeks before training camp in Charlotte, where Newton will continue his rehab following March ankle surgery.

"The nice thing is Cam will be around," coach Ron Rivera said. "I know the two of those guys will be working on developing that rapport, which I think is important."


Panthers sign pair of rookies


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) The Panthers have signed 2014 first-round draft choice (28th overall) wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and third-round draft choice (92nd overall) guard Trai Turner , the team announced Wednesday.

Benjamin played in 28 games with 14 starts at Florida State, entering the NFL following his sophomore season in 2013. He totaled 84 receptions for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns and finished his career second in school history with an average of 17.93 yards per catch.

He is expected to start for the Panthers or at least play a prominent role since Carolina has to replace Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn from last year's squad.

Turner played in 25 games with 20 starts at right guard at LSU, entering the NFL following his sophomore season in 2013. In two seasons, Turner delivered 115 knockdowns and 29 touchdown-resulting blocks while surrendering just three sacks.


Panthers receivers ready to make plays


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The new Panthers receivers of Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant aren't trying to replicate what Steve Smith and the previous regime did prior to this year, reports ESPN. They want to make plays on their own.

The report says from the outside looking in, it may appear the Panthers have taken a step back after losing their Top 3 receivers in Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn. But in Cotchery and Avant they added a pair of receivers that caught a combined 84 passes for 12 touchdowns last season. The numbers aren't overwhelming, but in terms of touchdowns they had only two less than what Smith, LaFell and Ginn combined for in 2013.

When you factor in rookie Kelvin Benjamin , the report says "this potentially is a more talented group."