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WR Kelvin Benjamin - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 240Born: 2-5-1991College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 28

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Summary

Kelvin Benjamin's fifth-year option (for 2018) was picked up by the Panthers on May 2, 2017. There had been speculation that this move would not happen because Benjamin reported to a post-NFL-Draft OTA 'a little heavy' according to head coach Ron Rivera. Benjamin's conditioning was not elite during 2016 according to multiple accounts out of Charlotte - he's going to have to do much better this season than his 2016 line of 118 targets for 63/941/7 receiving if he's to generate a big-money second contract at the pro level. In response to the criticisms he heard in early May, Benjamin has been doing extra work with the trainers during the balance of the month - he stated on May 18 that he needs 'to be in the best shape of (his) life' this season, and continued: 'I was really kind of disappointed [in his weight] - I wanted to come in and set the bar high for myself and let my teammates know that KB is back this year and he's ready to roll.' Stay tuned to see how 'in shape' Benjamin is when training camp opens - another report of being over-weight/under-conditioned would be a red flag here, friends. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 26, 5, 15, 19, 22, 26, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 29, 30, 30, 31, 33, 33, 35, 37, 39, 42
Overall Redraft - 62, 12, 42, 43, 46, 56, 59, 59
WR Redraft PPR - 27, 5, 15, 22, 23, 26, 26, 26, 28, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 30, 31, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 39, 42
Overall Redraft PPR - 60, 12, 44, 46, 47, 50, 54, 59, 60
WR Dynasty - 26, 15, 21, 24, 25, 31, 33, 37, 42
Overall Dynasty - 57, 42, 45, 50, 56, 60

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 CAR 16 0 0 0 145 73 1008 9 1
2016 CAR 16 0 0 0 118 63 941 7 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 0 * * 68 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 65 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 69 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 67 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 64
WR: 28
Overall-PPR: 61
WR-PPR: 29

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Latest News

Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin's size an asset (Sat Jun 24, 10:42 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's weight was never an issue, according to general manager Dave Gettleman, and Gettleman said Benjamin doesn't need to be fast to be effective. 'Kelvin's speed is vertical,' Gettleman said. 'He makes it up in a different way. (His) ability to make people miss is to run through them.'

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Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin back in shape (Mon Jun 19, 12:11 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin appears to have worked himself back in shape, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person. Head coach Ron Rivera said that Benjamin didn't weigh the reported 280 pounds in April, but he might have been 270 pounds. On the final day of minicamp, Benjamin reached down to catch a pass a couple of inches off the ground and got both feet inbounds.

Our View: Pictures surfaced earlier this offseason where Benjamin looked like he could play in Big Momma's House 4. It's a good sign that Benjamin has worked himself into better shape. He has the ability to gash defenses and his size makes him a great target in the red zone. Benjamin has a current ADP of WR29 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ San Francisco 49ers
2vs Buffalo Bills
3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Atlanta Falcons
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Minnesota Vikings
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons