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07/29/14 - WR Kelvin Benjamin is resting his bruised knee, and the rookie rode the exercise bike and worked through some rehab drills. He had a sleeve over his leg, but he did not walk with a limp. The first-rounder hopes to return in time to play in the preseason opener.
07/28/14 - WR Kelvin Benjamin will miss time with a bone bruise in his left knee. Coach Ron Rivera said the injury was discovered in a precautionary MRI exam on Monday in Charlotte. "Young guys need as many reps and they can get," Rivera said. "There's an old saying, 'If you can get 5,000 reps you can be ready to play.' So we want to get him as many as we can."
Benjamin, a wide receiver who was an early entry candidate out of Florida State and selected in the first round, bumped his knee on a teammate during practice on Sunday afternoon. Team officials said Benjamin's injury does not appear to be serious, but he missed Monday morning's practice and a timetable for his return was not released by Rivera.
05/12/14 - Panthers draft a huge target for Cam Newton...Benjamin should be a welcome addition for Cam Newton. Carolina's fourth-year quarterback saw his top-four receivers from last year depart this offseason. The newest Panther has never met Newton, but he sees at least one comparison to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. "Just his will to compete and win -- that's something Jameis has," Benjamin said on a conference call with Carolina media. "That's something I love in a quarterback. I'll go out and do anything for him." The Panthers have six more picks remaining in the final six rounds, and they may not be done adding receivers. But even if they don't get another, getting the team's most important player a big weapon was vital. "I'm sure that Cam's not mad at me now," Gettleman joked. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Panthers draft a huge target for Cam Newton...It's almost as if Dave Gettleman had a plan. After tearing apart his team's receiving corps at the start of free agency, the Carolina Panthers' general manager continued to piece together a new group Thursday night. Gettleman added his biggest piece of the makeover by taking Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin with the No. 28 pick in the NFL Draft. "He was the highest-rated guy on our board," Gettleman said. "Just like last year, value matched need. "You can't catch 6-foot-5, 240 with a 34-inch arm length and 10-inch hands," Gettleman said after selecting Benjamin. "This guy has unusual ball skills. He's got what we call a very big strike zone."
Benjamin exploded onto the national scene last year during his sophomore season with the Seminoles. He caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards with an ACC-leading 15 touchdowns. In the BCS title game against Auburn, he grabbed a national championship-winning 2-yard catch with 13 seconds left. "I said, 'you knew and everybody else in that stadium the ball was going to you and you were going to catch it,'" Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said while describing a conversation he had with Benjamin during his pre-draft visit. "He said, 'I wasn't going to let the quarterback down.' I loved that confidence. And I love the fact that he had his quarterback's back." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/28 -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, 6-5, 240, Florida State...The Panthers appeased many fans and likely quarterback Cam Newton by adding an offensive weapon. Benjamin comes with plenty of concerns, including work ethic and route running, but Carolina had him near the top of their board the last few weeks. - The Sports Xchange