"It's been more difficult because Cam's coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn't throw with him as much as we would like," Underwood said. " ... We're just going to try to speed up the process. We're all going to throw -- Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers -- just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp."
Newton has barely practiced with his receivers this offseason as he's recovered from ankle surgery. Nearly all of his receivers are new to the Panthers --
Any chemistry Newton can develop with his receivers before camp starts would be considered a huge plus for the Panthers offense.
With Jordan Gross' retirement, the
Chandler is a converted defensive lineman who went undrafted out of UCLA in 2012.
"It really does speed up," Benjamin said of playing football in the pros versus in college. "You're not used to it. When I first got there, rookie training camp was pretty much the same. It was easy. I caught on real fast and I was making big plays. When I got to OTAs for the first two days I felt nervous and it was a faster pace because the real quarterbacks came in and were calling the plays much faster. So I really just had to go back in and study, get with Cam (Newton) and listen to the calls and after that it really slowed back down."
As for the playbook, Benjamin is focused on learning it so it doesn't slow him down once the games start. He did add that it was easy for him to catch on because the plays were based on routes, not concepts, which is something he had in high school. Benjamin is also allowed to change his route based on what the coverage is.
Finally, Benjamin said he got work in with Newton after minicamp practices as well as during the final minicamp practice. When comparing Newton's arm to that of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Benjamin conceded that Newton throws a "powerful" ball.
After a nice series of offseason workouts,
Underwood had 24 grabs and four touchdowns in a similar role with the Bucs last season, and with offensive coordinator Mike Shula familiar with his game and receivers coach Ricky Proehl pitching in, ESPN believes the potential is there for him to double his production.