The staff members at Footballguys are full of opinions. In a Faceoff, we allow two members to voice their opinions on a specific player. One picked the high side, and the other took the low side.
High Side by Mark Wimer
Benjamin tore his ACL during training camp last preseason, and was limited to individual drills at the May/June OTAs/minicamp. 'I'm not where I want to be, but I'm still getting there,' Benjamin said on May 31, 2016. 'It's just getting that football wind back.' Head coach Ron Rivera confirmed on June 16 that Benjamin is expected to be cleared for football activities when training camp opens on July 28 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He enjoyed 145 targets and 73/1,008/9 receiving as Cam Newton's lead receiver back in 2014, and has a clear path back to the #1 wide receiver role for the Panthers this year. Considering that Newton has grown considerably as a passer between 2014 and now (14 games played during 2014, for 262/448 yielding 3,127 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions during 2014; 16 games played during 2015 with 296/496 for 3,837 yards passing, 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during 2015), there is a bigger pie of receptions and passing yards/passing touchdowns to be divided up among Newton's receivers.