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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.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:08:57 -0800
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke has made no secret of his preference for players with long arms. Baalke was on the record in 2011 praising 49ers LB Aldon Smith for having 35 3/8-inch arms, citing how it improved his chances of making shoestring tackles. San Francisco's 2013 rookies averaged 34-inch arms.
Wide receiver is a position of need for the 49ers in the upcoming NFL Draft, so they could show first-round interest in Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, whose arms measure 34 7/8 inches and 35 1/8 inches, respectively.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:27:12 -0800
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.59 seconds during the NFL Scouting Combine.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:48:14 -0800
University of Indiana WR Cody Latimer posted 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, Feb. 22, followed by Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman and Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews with 21 reps. Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro, Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis and Missouri WR Marcus Lucas had 20 reps, while Nebraska WR Quincy Enunwa posted 19 reps. Wyoming WR Robert Herron checked in with 18 reps, while Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, Fresno State WR Isaiah Burse, Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks and Clemson WR Sammy Watkins managed 16 reps. South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington, Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon and Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel had 15 reps, Fresno State WR Davante Adams, Oregon WR Josh Huff and Miami (Fla.) WR Allen Hurns posted 14 reps. Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin had 13 reps, as did UCLA WR Shaquelle Evans, Brigham Young WR Cody Hoffman and Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief.
Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd, Louisville WR Damian Copeland, Texas A&M Mike Evans and Louisiana State WR Jarvis Landry checked in with 12 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, Feb. 22, while Ball State WR Willie Snead and Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart totaled 11 reps. University of Texas WR Mike Davis, Murray State WR Walter Powell and Georgia State WR Albert Wilson posted 10 reps. Tulane WR Ryan J. Grant, Alabama WR Kevin Norwood and Missouri WR L'Damian Washington managed eight reps, while Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham and New Mexico State WR Austin Franklin posted seven reps. Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis posted four reps to round out the group.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:32:11 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to meet with Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin Friday, Feb. 21.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:08:26 -0800
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin measured in at the NFL Scouting Combine at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:48:31 -0800
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said during a conference call Tuesday, Feb. 18, that if the Baltimore Ravens choose to draft a wide receiver, they'll have to decide what kind of player they want. USC's Marqise Lee, who is smaller at 6-foot and can play in the special teams return game, or the likes of Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin and Texas A&M's Mike Evans -- both 6-foot-5 players -- are all possible options for their No. 17 overall pick.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:37:53 -0800
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis, Fresno State WR Davante Adams, LSU WR Odell Beckham, Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin, Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd, Ohio State WR Corey Brown, Pittsburg State WR John Brown, Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, Fresno State WR Isaiah Burse, Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro, Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman, Northwestern WR Kain Colter, Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, Louisville WR Damian Copeland, Texas WR Mike Davis, South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington, Nebraska WR Quincy Enunwa, Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, UCLA WR Shaquelle Evans, Michigan State WR Bennie Fowler, New Mexico State WR Austin Franklin, Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon, Tulane WR Ryan Grant, Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel, Wyoming WR Robert Herron, BYU WR Cody Hoffman, Oregon WR Josh Huff, Miami (Fla.) WR Allen Hurns, Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis, Notre Dame WR T.J. Jones, LSU WR Jarvis Landry, Indiana WR Cody Latimer, USC WR Marqise Lee, Missouri WR Marcus Lucas, Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews, Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief, Alabama WR Kevin Norwood, Murray State WR Walt Powell, Baylor WR Tevin Reese, Colorado WR Paul Richardson, Penn State WR Allen Robinson, Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders, Ball State WR Willie Snead, Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart, Pittsburgh WR Devin Street, Missouri WR L'Damian Washington, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins and Georgia State WR Albert Wilson have all been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-25.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:10:44 -0800
Florida State University WR Kelvin Benjamin will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Benjamin had 54 catches for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013 for the Seminoles. The 6-foot-5, 234-pounder has been compared to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson for his skill set, and he's ranked 29th overall by ESPN's Scouts, Inc.