Kelvin Benjamin has waited a long time to get back on the field after tearing his left ACL last August. He watched Ted Ginn catch 10 touchdowns in 2015, which has to excite him coming into 2016. As a rookie, Benjamin caught 73 of 145 targets for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. There were some drops along the way, but he also used his gigantic 6-foot-5 frame to box out smaller defenders for deep passes. Brimming with potential in an evolving Panthers offense, Benjamin shouldn't lose his spot in the offense and should end up with a chance at beating his rookie numbers. Count on him as a No. 2 receiver worth a Round 4 selection in standard leagues and a round higher in PPR.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Benjamin (knee) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Now 10 months removed from tearing an ACL, Benjamin has stated on multiple occasions that he expects to be ready for the beginning of camp. He was a limited participant throughout OTAs and minicamp, only taking part in individual drills. Benjamin should be ready to practice with his teammates by late July -- at which point he'll likely step right back in as the No. 1 wide receiver, leading a group that includes Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Philly Brown.
Benjamin (knee) is moving well at OTAs, David Newton of ESPN reports. Benjamin is more than ninth months removed from suffering the torn ACL that ended his 2015 season before it could begin. He's reportedly been a limited participant at OTAs, but it sounds as if he isn't showing any obvious effects from the injury. Benjamin expects to be a full participant in training camp, and he'll likely be re-incorporated into the offense as the No. 1 wideout, after watching Cam Newton enjoy a surprising degree of success while throwing to the likes of Ted Ginn, Philly Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Devin Funchess last year. Ginn, Brown and Funchess still figure to be involved, but Benjamin and Greg Olsen are the clear favorites to lead Carolina in targets.
Benjamin (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's OTA session, his first organized practice with the Panthers since suffering a torn left ACL during last year's training camp prior to the 2015 season. Benjamin was held out of 11-on-11 activities as he won't rush the lengthy recovery process that results from an ACL injury, but the fact that he was on the field for individual drills is a good sign with training camp fast approaching. His Week 1 status is not currently up in the air, while he's expected to once again be a limited participant in OTAs when the team gets back on the practice field next Tuesday.
Benjamin (knee) expects to be a full participant in training camp this season, The Associated Press reports. Benjamin is still working his way back from the torn ACL he suffered in training camp last year, but seems poised to be 100 percent by the time camp rolls around this year. Although he's still limited in some of his offseason workouts, Benjamin expects to be a full participant this summer, which would enable the Panthers to fully incorporate their No. 1 wideout back into their offense.
Benjamin (knee) will participate in OTAs in a limited capacity, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports. Speaking in late February, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said Benjamin would be a partial participant in OTAs, with the expectation that he'd be ready for training camp. The plan apparently hasn't changed, and Benjamin will be nearly 13 months removed from tearing his ACL by the time Week 1 rolls around. He should step right back in as the No. 1 wide receiver, complemented by Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn and Philly Brown.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|5||10/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|6||10/16||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|9||11/06||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|10||11/13||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|11||11/18||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|14||12/11||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3 Year Avg||73||36||504||4||25||14.00||74|