Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin's diving TD catch is why the Panthers won't miss Steve Smith, the team's all-time leading receiver who was released in March.
In Benjamin, they have a true No. 1 receiver that Smith wasn't going to be at 35 years old. They have a dynamic player that makes difficult plays look easy.
The Panthers need someone to step into the WR1 role and they think Benjamin can. Keep in mind, this was a preseason game. Although you can feel the excitement in the writer's tone, rookie receivers don't always have a WR1-like first seasons in the NFL. Still, this was as good a first game as the team could have hoped for Benjamin, who also missed time in camp. Benjamin is ranked just 40th on our list but is getting some late-round draft attention.