The 6-foot-5, 245-pound receiver made his presence known early, catching two passes on Carolina’s opening drive. The second was a 14-yard touchdown over the middle in which Benjamin used his size to create an easy target for Newton.
Benjamin finished with six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 12 targets. There was lots of talk in the offseason about how Newton still wanted to spread the ball even with Benjamin back, something that led to a successful run in 2015. But that wasn't the case in Week 1 where Benjamin by far had more catches than any other WR.