Whether it was intentional or not, head coach Ron Rivera sent a message to Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin in June when he publicly said the wide receiver being overweight might have contributed to him missing most of OTAs with hamstring injuries.
Benjamin reported in the best shape of his college or professional career. He looks more like a wide receiver than a tight end, as he sometimes did last year. He appears poised for a big second season. As fellow wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said, Benjamin is “the lead dog.’’
Benjamin had a nice rookie season and could be poised for a better sophomore season with another year in the system. He cracks our top-20, coming in at 17 putting him in WR2 range.