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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:47:59 -0700
Carolina Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin is being prepped as the team's No. 1 wide receiver in practices. "We've done some things defensively to put him in situations where he's being jammed, where he's being pressed, he's being doubled, he's being rolled to," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He's going to have to get used to it." Some were worried whether Benjamin would struggle with his route running at the NFL level, but wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl said Benjamin is more than capable. Benjamin has developed good chemistry with QB Cam Newton off the field, and the team hopes it'll carry over to game situations.
Fantasy Tip: There are pretty high expectations for Benjamin in his rookie year as he effectively replaces Steve Smith as the team's go-to receiver. Benjamin will receive plenty of looks, but he'll also receive plenty of attention from opposing defenses. He's been impressive so far, but he'll surely go through growing pains in his first season and be inconsistent for fantasy owners. Don't draft him as anything more than a WR4.
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:03:04 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was able to participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 2.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) may practice Saturday, Aug. 2, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:07:55 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is not participating in practice Friday, Aug. 1.
Fantasy Tip: It did not appear earlier in the week that this was a serious issue. It is likely the team is just being cautious with Benjamin.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:40:43 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is out of practice Thursday, July 31.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin is a low-end WR4 or a good WR5.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:07 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) said his knee felt better Tuesday, July 29, and he could be back sooner than expected. Benjamin suffered a bruised left knee in practice Sunday, July 27.
Fantasy Tip: As long as he's healthy, Benjamin could be the Panthers' No. 1 wide receiver and perhaps their main red-zone threat. Still, he's no more than a WR4 in redraft leagues.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:41:23 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) said he woke up feeling great Tuesday, July 29. Benjamin said he will wait for the OK from trainers before returning.
Fantasy Tip: This appears to be good news and Benjamin should not miss much practice time.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:33:34 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) doesn't have a timetable for his return after bruising his left knee, but he is expected to be back in days, not weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin should be back before the end of training camp Aug. 12. So far in camp, Benjamin has looked really good and hasn't dropped a pass during team drills while running with the first-team offense. WR Jason Avant moved up to the first-team offense Monday, July 28, with Benjamin out.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin's injury isn't serious, but he could miss some valuable time with the starters in camp, especially since he's a rookie. Don't expect too much of Benjamin in his first year in an offense that doesn't have many other legitimate receiving threats.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:39:10 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has a bone bruise, according to head coach Ron Rivera. There is swelling in the knee but nothing is structurally damaged.
Fantasy Tip: No injury is good news, but this is encouraging news. Benjamin should be ready to go before the preseason starts and remains a WR4 option in standard scoring leagues.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:11:29 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's (knee) left knee injury isn't expected to be serious, and head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that Benjamin won't miss much time. Benjamin is heading for an MRI exam Monday, July 28. "He's had a great camp," Rivera said. "He came in in tip-top shape and ready to roll. He's one of those guys who spent time with Cam (before camp) working out. It's one of those that we want to make sure and be smart about." Benjamin's MRI results are expected later Monday.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin should see plenty of looks in his first season, but he will be a bit raw as a rookie, so keep that in mind if you draft him for WR depth with upside.
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