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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Blanked against Vikings
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Benjamin did not catch a pass and was only targeted once during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

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.

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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Catches pair of touchdowns Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Playing time extended Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Benjamin played about 15 more snaps than coach Ron Rivera would have liked during Thursday's season opener against the Broncos, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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 Panthers' 73 offensive snaps Thursday. That amounts to over 70 percent of the action, which is an encouraging sign for Benjamin and fantasy owners alike. With no reported ill-effects from such involvement following last season's torn ACL, look for Benjamin to continue to be a prominent component of Carolina's offense going forward. In his first game since his 2014 rookie year, Benjamin caught six passes (on 12 targets) for 91 yards and a touchdown Thursday.

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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Shines in return to regular-season action
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Benjamin hauled in six of 12 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Broncos.

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 Panthers' final offensive play to put Graham Gano in position for a game-winning field goal that he ultimately failed to make. Benjamin did corral only 50 percent of his targets on the night, a microcosm of his rookie 2014 campaign, when he received a whopping 146 looks and hauled in exactly half of those. His efficiency in this area will hopefully improve over the course of the campaign as he gets fully reacclimated, but based on the attention he received from Newton on Thursday, he already looks primed to be one of the higher-volume receivers in the league in 2016.

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Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Could see reduced workload this year
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin may play fewer snaps this season than he did as a rookie in 2014, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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 Panthers have wisely added wideout depth since his big rookie season. Benjamin logged 58 snaps per game in 2014, but that was on a team utterly lacking in complementary options. The Panthers now have Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Philly Brown to lighten the load, allowing for more rotation in and out of the game. Of course, Benjamin could still end up pushing for 50+ snaps per week, especially if he shines early in the season or one of his aforementioned teammates suffers an injury.

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