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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:22:39 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) traveled with the team and is on track to play Sunday, Oct. 19, in Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin ($6,700; 13.4% of your cap) is a decent option on FantasyScore this week against the Green Bay Packers.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:43:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) still needs to pass one more concussion tests before being cleared to play in Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to check the inactive list to see if Benjamin will be able to play. Benjamin costs $6,700 on FantasyScore and could be a good option if he plays.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:27:47 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion), who looked good while practicing in full Friday, Oct. 17, has yet to be cleared by an independent doctor in the concussion protocol. Head coach Ron Rivera expects Benjamin to be cleared Saturday, Oct. 18. "He looked good on the field," Rivera said. "He practiced well. He was sharp. I really don't think he had a (mental error). He took a lot of reps today, which I understand is part of protocol." Benjamin passed sideline concussion tests in Week 6 and was allowed to return to the game.
Fantasy Tip: All indications are pointing toward Benjamin playing against the Green Bay Packers, especially if he passes his test tomorrow. If he's playing, he's not a bad option for your FantasyScore lineups for $6,700 (13.4% of cap).
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:12:46 -0700
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17. He is listed as questionable for Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin may be a game-time decision, so owners will need to check the inactive list to see if he is playing. Benjamin costs $6,700 on FantasyScore but may be too much of an injury risk for owners to use.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:05:57 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) practiced with his helmet on Friday, Oct. 17, and appeared to look good while doing every drill. The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person believes that Benjamin will play in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin remains in the concussion protocol, and he's questionable for Sunday morning. You'll have the luxury of knowing early whether he's playing, but he remains a risk at FantasyScore for $6,700 (13.4% of cap).
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:46:20 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin costs $6,700 (13.4% of cap), so he's a big risk this weekend against the Packers. If he doesn't play, Jerricho Cotchery ($3,200) may deserve a flier as a sleeper play. Greg Olsen would likely see a heavy amount of targets, as well.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:48:23 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery could be a sneaky start this week if WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is unable to play. Even with Benjamin in the lineup last week, Cotchery saw 10 targets in a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fantasy Tip: The Panthers will likely need to air the ball out frequently on the road against the pass-happy Green Bay Packers. Cotchery would be a nice option for a value play ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) on FantasyScore if Benjamin is out.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:54:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin still has time to be cleared to play in Week 7, but it does not look good at this point. Benjamin has a price of $6,700 on FantasyScore, but owners may want to avoid using him because of his uncertain status.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:41:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, because of a mild concussion. Benjamin is currently going through the concussion protocol.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to monitor Benjamin's status throughout the week to see if he has a chance to play in Week 7.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:47:12 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (undisclosed) was not present during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to look out for updates on his situation over the next day to get a better idea of his status. Benjamin costs $6,700 on FantasyScore and could be a solid starting option if he plays.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:54:14 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin took four big hits on catches Sunday, Oct. 12, and held on to the ball. He has been reliable running routes over the middle except for a fumble last week.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin is a legit WR3 on FantasyScore, and it appears the team's confidence is growing in him.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:50:50 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was able to play in the Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens, and he finished with five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted a team-high nine times.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin has found the end zone in three of his first four NFL games, emerging as a solid WR2 or flex fantasy receiver in most formats.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:31:59 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin should be able to play in Week 3 unless he suffers a setback before the game. Owners would have to spend $5,100 on Benjamin at FantasyScore this week, and Benjamin could be a No. 3 wide receiver or flex option for some owners.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:40:15 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin looked good in his first NFL game in Week 1, but he showed growing pains on route running, downfield blocking and with dropped passes in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. The team graded Benjamin a 70 out of 100 in Week 1 for poor routes and a lack of blocking. He was graded at 93 last week despite catching only two passes for 43 yards. Benjamin also had three drops against the Lions after having a high drop rate of 9 percent at Florida State in 2013.
Fantasy Tip: As with any rookie, Benjamin will have his ups and downs this year. Be careful not to rely on him too much, especially when the team doesn't have much depth at his position. Play the matchups with Benjamin in daily fantasy football, but be prepared for some disappointment along the way.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:31:18 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 18.
Fantasy Tip: After a nice Week 1 performance, Benjamin struggled with drops and looked more like a rookie in Week 2. There may be better options than Benjamin against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week at FantasyScore.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:50:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Fantasy Tip: Even with the injury concern, Benjamin still may not be worth the $5,100 (10.20% of cap) in FantasyScore because of a bad match up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Look elsewhere this week.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:33:45 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) had his right knee taped Monday, Sept. 15, but appeared to be walking fine.
Fantasy Tip: It is unclear exactly what Benjamin's injury is, if there even is an injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:39:06 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has built a strong relationship with QB Cam Newton both on and off the field, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera said that when Benjamin lines up and sees a cornerback in a certain position or a safety too tight, Benjamin can look at Newton and they know immediately what to do.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin is likely going to need some time to develop into a consistent fantasy force, but the rookie has the size and athleticism to be a threat immediately, especially in the red zone. He will take up just 9% of you cap ($4,500) in FantasyScore, and considering his touchdown potential, he is worth taking a chance on as a bargain option to free up salary for some bigger names at other positions.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:36:40 -0700
The Carolina Panthers will keep six wide receivers with WRs Jason Avant, Kelvin Benjamin, Brenton Bersin, Philly Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Tavarres King as the projected members of the 53-man roster. The team could still look to pick up a receiver or kick returner off waivers after the final roster cuts Saturday, Aug. 30.
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.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:52:25 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) will have an MRI on his left knee. He bumped knees with another player in practice Sunday, July 27.
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin has been having a great camp and could serve as a good flier as a WR5.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:39:04 -0700
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton held a three-day throwing session with WR Kelvin Benjamin, QBs Joe Webb and Matt Blanchard, one tight end and nine other receivers this week.
Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:48:17 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin said he plans to stay in Charlotte during his off time so he can work with QB Cam Newton.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:39:33 -0700
The Carolina Panthers are excited about what they have seen out of WR Kelvin Benjamin during organized team activities this summer. "That's part of why you bring the young man in," head coach Ron Rivera said. "You draft him for a specific skill set. He can become a threat in the red zone and a threat for you on third down and have an immediate impact doing those things for us. It was good to see him do those things and good to see him work with Cam (Newton) as well. I'm excited as to where he's heading and what he can become for us."
Fantasy Tip: Benjamin is extremely raw, but the Panthers don't have many other imposing wideout options, so he should see starter repetitions immediately. His biggest asset is his size, and he should give Cam Newton a nice red zone option. There'll be a learning curve here, though, so use Benjamin as WR depth with upside.
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:33:37 -0700
The Carolina Panthers signed WR Kelvin Benjamin Wednesday, June 4. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Wed, 21 May 2014 16:34:55 -0700
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman has compared WR Kelvin Benjamin to former WR Plaxico Burress. "When I watched him, I thought I was watching a young Plaxico," Gettleman said. "He's a better athlete than people realize, he plays faster than people think. And he made some 'OMG' catches in the rookie minicamp. He's talented, he has good focus, he learns well. And it's important to him. It's really important to him."
Mon, 19 May 2014 13:34:37 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's routes at Florida State were similar to the offensive patterns the Panthers employ. Benjamin noted his comfort with the offense and ability to run the routes well.
Mon, 19 May 2014 12:24:43 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is expected to be a big target for QB Cam Newton in the red zone this season. The Panthers' first-round pick is listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds.
Fantasy Tip: Itís too early to get too excited about Benjaminís potential. He may be the teamís No. 1 red zone threat, but heís still a rookie and has a lot to learn. Itís safer to be more cautious with Benjamin, who may be more inconsistent than fantasy owners would want.
Thu, 08 May 2014 20:17:22 -0700
The Carolina Panthers selected Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: The talented, big catcher is a fine fit -- they need a red zone target. This isn't a big aerial offense, but Benjamin, by default with the lack of options around him, should see plenty of targets from Cam Newton. He's a WR4 at his 2014 peak, a decent gamble in the fantasy reserve rounds.
Thu, 01 May 2014 13:18:21 -0700
NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock believes as many as six wide receivers will come off the board in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. WRs Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Odell Beckham (LSU), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) and Marqise Lee (USC) are the players he has named as potential first-round selections.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:24:24 -0700
One NFL scout had nothing good to say about Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin. "He's stiff and lazy. Can't separate. Inconsistent catcher. I don't think he has off the field what it takes to be great on field," the scout said Wednesday, April 30. "Other than that he'll be fine."
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:55:28 -0700
At least one person in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization believes Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin is the second best receiver in this NFL Draft class, behind Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:34:10 -0700
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin recently blew off a workout with an NFL coach who was on a special trip to see the prospect. Benjamin's excuse was that he was too tired.
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:57:15 -0700
The Philadelphia Eagles are meeting with Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin Monday, April 7.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:23:03 -0700
The St. Louis Rams are scheduled to meet with Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin Friday, April 4.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:16:17 -0700
The New York Jets are intrigued with Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin because he is 6-foot-5. The team is scheduled to meet with Benjamin before the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:35:01 -0700
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and six members of his staff put Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin through a private workout last Friday.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:33:05 -0700
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke attended Florida State's Pro Day Tuesday, March 18. WR Kelvin Benjamin and CB Lamarcus Joyner likely would be draft options for the 49ers.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:41:22 -0800
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he sets himself apart from other wide receiver prospects because of his ability to beat a jam at the line of scrimmage in press coverage.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:28:45 -0800
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he has 4 percent body fat on a 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:28:13 -0800
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he watches different types of wide receivers to better his game. "I watch a lot of receivers. I don't just watch the big guys, I try to watch the little guys, too. You watch the smaller guys to imitate their quickness off the line. Some guys, that first step, you can learn a lot from watching them do that," he said.