Benjamin started the season with 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns in two games but was essentially invisible Sunday against Minnesota's impressive defense. Although quarterback Cam Newton was sacked eight times, the towering wideout still wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter and also committed two penalties while blocking, including one that negated a 56-yard touchdown catch by Fozzy Whittaker. On the back of the worst performance of his young career, Benjamin will aim to rebound in Week 4 against a Falcons defense that's proven vulnerable versus the pass thus far.
Benjamin caught seven balls on nine targets for 108 yards and two scores during Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Benjamin was in sync with quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday, as he eclipsed the 100-yard mark receiving for the first time this season. He's been a fantasy monster in both standard and PPR formats throughout the first two weeks of his 2016 campaign as he comes off ACL surgery. He'll be up against the Vikings next week, and will look to connect with Newton often once again.
Benjamin's intended snap count had long been projected by Rivera to be in the 30-35 play range, but he ended up featuring on 52 of the
The third-year pro made a splash in his return to regular-season action after missing all of 2015 with a knee injury, serving as Cam Newton's top target on the night. Benjamin paced the team in receiving yardage and YPC as well, while making a beauty of a 14-yard grab to cap an eight-play, 71-yard drive in the first quarter that opened the scoring on the night. Benjamin also made a key 21-yard grab on the
Head coach Ron Rivera said
This jibes with previous comments made by Rivera, who said Monday that Benjamin is expected to play just 30-35 snaps Thursday against Denver, even though his conditioning is no longer considered to be an issue. Given his size, Benjamin may always struggle with conditioning more than the average receiver, and the
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