Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the 24-year-old WR Kelvin Benjamin, who started just one year at Florida State before turning pro after his sophomore season, needs to learn the important nuances of the NFL game.
Specifically he said Benjamin failed to release outside of the numbers on one play, a strategy used to pull an extra defensive back his way and free up a teammate on a passing play.
Rivera also said Benjamin "bent in" a post route when he should have kept running — an error that resulted in an incompletion instead of a potential Carolina touchdown.
Benjamin also was flagged for a block in the back.
Rivera added Benjamin needs to be more involved in plays that are not designed for him. But his patch catching skills are already pretty impressive. This week Cam Newton is back throwing him the ball, and Newton's mobility could give Benjamin more room to get open. Consider Benjamin a nice WR3 option in your lineup with the potential to be much more.