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  1. Kelvin Benjamin provided the most exciting play of the day in the form of a long bomb touchdown over safety Tre Boston. Here is how it happened in photos.... Kelvin broke free as Derek Anderson hit him perfectly in stride... Jordan Todman celebrated as Kelvin eyed the end zone and Boston slowed his pursuit, knowing Kelvin was out of reach. Kelvin then greeted some children at the fence who were yelling for him, and move that absolutely made their day. Corey Brown and Jordan Todman celebrated with Benjamin. Cam Newton hurried over and urged Kelvin to toss the football to the kids. Benjamin tossed the football in a basketball shooting motion to the fans and went back to the sidelines. I realize as readers you may be getting a bit tired of hearing about Kelvin Benjamin highlights. But, in another otherwise mediocre offensive day, you should be thrilled that Benjamin continues to produce.
  2. Kelvin Benjamin provided the most exciting play of the day in the form of a long bomb touchdown over safety Tre Boston. Here is how it happened in photos.... Kelvin broke free as Derek Anderson hit him perfectly in stride... Jordan Todman celebrated as Kelvin eyed the end zone and Boston slowed his pursuit, knowing Kelvin was out of reach. Kelvin then greeted some children at the fence who were yelling for him, and move that absolutely made their day. Corey Brown and Jordan Todman celebrated with Benjamin. Cam Newton hurried over and urged Kelvin to toss the football to the kids. Benjamin tossed the football in a basketball shooting motion to the fans and went back to the sidelines. I realize as readers you may be getting a bit tired of hearing about Kelvin Benjamin highlights. But, in another otherwise mediocre offensive day, you should be thrilled that Benjamin continues to produce. View full article
  3. Jeremy Igo

    Kelvin Shines in Camp Debut

    Over the past several weeks, Kelvin Benjamin had to live with the first bit of real negative press about him concerning his weight. Of course, we all remember in June when Ron Rivera remarked he was 10 pounds overweight, which played a role in his hamstring pull. Well, if the first training camp practice of 2015 was any indication, Kelvin Benjamin has turned that criticism into motivation and made a statement saying exactly that. Kelvin made multiple catches from Cam Newton, finding a nice soft spot in the zone defenses and making the grab. While being covered by a variety of players, from Boston to Byndom to Norman, Benjamin made play after play, and did it with style. Towards the end of practice, Kelvin hauled in a long bomb form Cam Newton in which he out bodied and out jumped Carrington Byndom for what would have been a first down in the red zone. I think it is safe to say we can all officially put to rest the concerns over Kelvin's conditioning (which I never fully bought into in the first place.) Kelvin has picked up exactly where he left off last season, namely the most dangerous receiver on the team.
  4. Over the past several weeks, Kelvin Benjamin had to live with the first bit of real negative press about him concerning his weight. Of course, we all remember in June when Ron Rivera remarked he was 10 pounds overweight, which played a role in his hamstring pull. Well, if the first training camp practice of 2015 was any indication, Kelvin Benjamin has turned that criticism into motivation and made a statement saying exactly that. View full article
  5. Jeremy Igo

    OTA Notes - June 11

    The last OTA practice of 2015 was both the hottest and the practice with the least enthusiasm. With Ron Rivera in California for his daughters graduation, the Panthers seemed to lose focus. It showed both in their demeanor and on the field. It was a rough day for Cam Newton. After looking pristine for most of the OTA sessions, today he looked off kilter. Many of his end zone passes were high. His long throws either short or long. Colin Jones made the play of the day, intercepting Cam Newton in the red zone and taking it for what would have been a pick six. Cam Newton was visibly unhappy about the interception, and tried chasing Jones down.... without luck. Colin Jones also made a beautiful break on a ball from Newton later in the practice, nearly intercepting another ball meant for Ted Ginn on a curl route. Yes, Colin Jones is my player of the day. The first defensive player of the day I have named... which should tell you how the day went. Other Notes: - Brandon Williams struggled as he dropped a catchable 30 yard bomb from Cam Newton. Williams had both hands on the ball, but could not hold on. - Devin Funchess had more second string snaps today, due to Kelvin Benjamin being back on the field. Funchess did get a few first string reps in. When with the second string, he appeared to be running many of the same routes as Benjamin did with the first string. - Cam's sure fire connection to Greg Olsen was just not there today. Both targets in the end zone soared well above Olsen's head. - Both linebacker draft picks, Thompson and Mayo, spent time in the second string together. - Stephen Hill mainly played with the second string, no plays of note to mention.
  6. The last OTA practice of 2015 was both the hottest and the practice with the least enthusiasm. With Ron Rivera in California for his daughters graduation, the Panthers seemed to lose focus. It showed both in their demeanor and on the field. It was a rough day for Cam Newton. After looking pristine for most of the OTA sessions, today he looked off kilter. Many of his end zone passes were high. His long throws either short or long. Colin Jones made the play of the day, intercepting Cam Newton in the red zone and taking it for what would have been a pick six. Cam Newton was visibly unhappy about the interception, and tried chasing Jones down.... without luck. Colin Jones also made a beautiful break on a ball from Newton later in the practice, nearly intercepting another ball meant for Ted Ginn on a curl route. Yes, Colin Jones is my player of the day. The first defensive player of the day I have named... which should tell you how the day went. Other Notes: - Brandon Williams struggled as he dropped a catchable 30 yard bomb from Cam Newton. Williams had both hands on the ball, but could not hold on. - Devin Funchess had more second string snaps today, due to Kelvin Benjamin being back on the field. Funchess did get a few first string reps in. When with the second string, he appeared to be running many of the same routes as Benjamin did with the first string. - Cam's sure fire connection to Greg Olsen was just not there today. Both targets in the end zone soared well above Olsen's head. - Both linebacker draft picks, Thompson and Mayo, spent time in the second string together. - Stephen Hill mainly played with the second string, no plays of note to mention. View full article
  7. After two weeks of OTA practices, here is how the wide receiver depth chart is shaping up according to number of snaps and targets on media days. 1. Kelvin Benjamin - Still not fully participating, but no questioning his status. 2. Devin Funchess - Plenty of snaps, targets, and looked impressive as well. 3. Corey Brown - Possibly the most improved player on offense? 4. Brenton Bersin - Has shown reliability in being one of Cam's favorite targets. 5. Ted Ginn Jr - Fair amount of playing time with the 1's. 6. Jerricho Cotchery - Not as many first team snaps as last season's workouts. 7. Stephen Hill - Sees very little time with the 1's 8. De'Andre Presley - Quick, needs to show better hands. 9. Jarrett Boykin - Mostly second and third string reps. Not making plays. 10. Marcus Lucas - Last year showed promise in camp. Can he repeat in 2015? 11. Mike Brown - Struggling to get reps 12. Damiere Byrd - UDFA looking to make impact. Had a nice TD from Derek Anderson Thursday. Again, this is just an early look. Things can, and probably will, change from week to week and throughout training camp in August.
  8. After two weeks of OTA practices, here is how the wide receiver depth chart is shaping up according to number of snaps and targets on media days..... View full article
  9. Jeremy Igo

    Panthers OTA Notes - Week 3

    The Carolina Panthers opened up an additional day for media, which came as a nice surprise this morning. So I rearranged my schedule and headed to Biggs Camera for my gear. Those guys are so awesome they are providing me with equipment this season so that I can bring these images to you. Having them in my corner this year is a load off my mind in terms of equipment. So make sure you show them some love if you are in Charlotte and in need of camera gear or prints. They are good people. Charles Johnson was showing off some nice kicks and a new haircut today. Kelvin Benjamin and Bene Benwikere again were limited in their practice involvement. I spoke to Bene after practice. He is feeling good and should return as soon as tomorrow possibly. After practice coach Rivera mentioned Kelvin also may return. Just because Kelvin is limited in team drills doesn't mean he is taking it easy. He spent a lot of time with the ball machine, catching pass after pass. He seems more aggravated by not being able to participate on the field than by a nagging hamstring. Earlier this year on the Huddle Podcast, Josh Norman expressed how important veteran safety Roman Harper is to the defensive backs. Norman sees Harper as kind of an older wiser brother and credits Harper as a source for knowledge. It is obvious on the field that these two have a mutual respect and fondness for one another which is great to see. Clemson product Garry Peters was a highly ranked UDFA, but he hasn't managed to see the field yet. He spent the day with the trainers again, trying to get his legs healthy. This is not the position a UDFA rookie wants to be in, especially with how competitive the cornerback position is this season. During offensive line drills, Andrew Norwell looked like, well, Andrew Norwell. Taking everything deadly serious as if it were a gameday situation, and bringing that mean streak we all have grown to love. A source within the organization has told me Norwell looks like a 10 year starter for the Panthers. Cam again looked sharp today, and not just because of the highlighter green shirt. He continued to have plenty of zip on the ball and precision accuracy. - Player of the Day: Greg Olsen. Olsen hauled in three touchdowns while making the Panthers safeties look less than stellar. The Cam to Olsen connection was nearly unstoppable today. - Rookie receiver Damiere Byrd closed out practice with a long bomb touchdown again today. Once he gets behind a defender, there is little chance of catching him. - Jarrett Boykin had another rough day today, dropping a touchdown pass in the red zone. Boykin had both hands on the ball, but just could not hold on. - The Panthers changed up the offensive line a bit today. Mike Remmers spent some time at center, and Martin Wallace got a few snaps with the second team at left tackle. - The scary moment of the day was a bad communication on the offensive line that put Michael Oher far out of place and a leaving Mario Addison untouched as he got to Cam Newton. Of course, Addison did not touch Cam, but if it was an actual game Cam would be at serious risk. - Frank Alexander spent the most time at left defensive end with Charles Johnson still on the right. Thats all for general observations. I will have more specific observations about players and units in the coming hours and days. As always, I will be having extended coverage including photos and observations in the All-Pro section of the Huddle. If you are a huddle regular and enjoy what I provide here, I encourage you to sign up and help keep it going.
  10. The Carolina Panthers opened up an additional day for media, which came as a nice surprise this morning. So I rearranged my schedule and headed to Biggs Camera for my gear. Those guys are so awesome they are providing me with equipment this season so that I can bring these images to you. Having them in my corner this year is a load off my mind in terms of equipment. So make sure you show them some love if you are in Charlotte and in need of camera gear or prints. They are good people. Charles Johnson was showing off some nice kicks and a new haircut today. Kelvin Benjamin and Bene Benwikere again were limited in their practice involvement. I spoke to Bene after practice. He is feeling good and should return as soon as tomorrow possibly. After practice coach Rivera mentioned Kelvin also may return. Just because Kelvin is limited in team drills doesn't mean he is taking it easy. He spent a lot of time with the ball machine, catching pass after pass. He seems more aggravated by not being able to participate on the field than by a nagging hamstring...... View full article
  11. Jeremy Igo

    Kelvin returns to practice

    Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice today in OTA's, but in a limited role. After missing the entire OTA session last week, Benjamin took part in individual drills (without a helmet). It was easy to spot exactly what was missing last week from the receiving core without Benjamin's length. Although Devin Funchess is only an inch shorter, you just cannot replace Kelvin's wing span so easily. Kelvin spent time along the sidelines coaching up the rookies. He seems to be taking on a nice leadership role for himself in that unit.
  12. Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice today in OTA's, but in a limited role. After missing the entire OTA session last week, Benjamin took part in individual drills (without a helmet). View full article
  13. Now that Ted Ginn has been signed and Brenton Bersin re-signed I thought it would be helpful to take a look at the Carolina Panthers roster as far as wide receivers are concerned. Kelvin Benjamin - 6'5 240lbs Second year player. Huge target. Had a solid year as a rookie aside from more drops than the Panthers wish he had. Has solid #1 receiver potential. Ted Ginn Jr - 5'11 185lbs Speedy nine season veteran return man and receiver. A nice deep threat and end around runner. Capable of stretching the defense. a 3rd or 4th receiver option Brenton Bersin 6'3 210 Local dark horse receiver that beat the odds and made it to the pros. Had key first down receptions in 2014 that Panthers fans seem to have forgotten about. 3rd receiver at best. Jerricho Cotchery 6'1 205lbs Twelve year veteran. Great leadership and locker room presence. Questions linger on how much he has left in the tank. A solid second receiver earlier in his career. No better than a third now. De'Andre Presley 5'10 190lbs App State QB that has seen time at corner and receiver. A long shot to make the Panthers squad this season. Corey Brown 5'11 180 A lot like Ted Ginn, but less punt returner and more receiver. Proved himself late in the season as a deep threat. A long term 3rd or 4th. Looking over this roster it becomes clear that the Carolina Panthers are missing a true number two receiver. A guy that can take the pressure off of Kelvin Benjamin and force more single coverage. Last year, the Panthers learned a lesson at the receiver position. They had too many 3rd and 4th receivers, and not a legitimate 2nd. Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, Brenton Bersin.... all three basically the same. The result? No one getting open, Cam Newton being sacked. Looking at this year's roster.... don't they have the same problem? At least for now, it appears they do. However, look for the Panthers this season remedy the situation before the season begins. This current roster is not complete. Two, or possibly even three of names on it now will not be on it come September. The Panthers will try to fill the number 2 receiver void through the draft (probably) or free agency (less likely). This post has been promoted to an article
  14. Now that Ted Ginn has been signed and Brenton Bersin re-signed I thought it would be helpful to take a look at the Carolina Panthers roster as far as wide receivers are concerned. Kelvin Benjamin - 6'5 240lbs Second year player. Huge target. Had a solid year as a rookie aside from more drops than the Panthers wish he had. Has solid #1 receiver potential. Ted Ginn Jr - 5'11 185lbs Speedy nine season veteran return man and receiver. A nice deep threat and end around runner. Capable of stretching the defense. a 3rd or 4th receiver option Brenton Bersin 6'3 210 Local dark horse receiver that beat the odds and made it to the pros. Had key first down receptions in 2014 that Panthers fans seem to have forgotten about. 3rd receiver at best. Jerricho Cotchery 6'1 205lbs Twelve year veteran. Great leadership and locker room presence. Questions linger on how much he has left in the tank. A solid second receiver earlier in his career. No better than a third now. De'Andre Presley 5'10 190lbs App State QB that has seen time at corner and receiver. A long shot to make the Panthers squad this season. Corey Brown 5'11 180 A lot like Ted Ginn, but less punt returner and more receiver. Proved himself late in the season as a deep threat. A long term 3rd or 4th. Looking over this roster it becomes clear that the Carolina Panthers are missing a true number two receiver. A guy that can take the pressure off of Kelvin Benjamin and force more single coverage. Last year, the Panthers learned a lesson at the receiver position. They had too many 3rd and 4th receivers, and not a legitimate 2nd. Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, Brenton Bersin.... all three basically the same. The result? No one getting open, Cam Newton being sacked. Looking at this year's roster.... don't they have the same problem? At least for now, it appears they do. However, look for the Panthers this season remedy the situation before the season begins. This current roster is not complete. Two, or possibly even three of names on it now will not be on it come September. The Panthers will try to fill the number 2 receiver void through the draft (probably) or free agency (less likely). This post has been promoted to an article
  15. Jeremy Igo

    Catching up with KB

    I caught up with Kelvin Benjamin after the game to get a sense of his excitement level after just finishing his first real game as a pro and also catching his first touchdown. His excitement level was, well, low. Kelvin is not a player that is surprised by his own success. He isn't cocky at all. He has a nonchalant confidence to him that is very charming and instantly likeable. He has more of a presence than most 3rd year players, and then some. Even though he had the best opening day rookie wide receiver performance in Panthers history, he still wasn't excited. When asked what grade he would give himself on the game, "About a C" was his reply. I thought maybe I would get some excitement out of him by asking him if he is keeping tabs on the other receivers taken before him in the draft. Possibly using that as a chip on his shoulder. "That is not even on my list. I mean, I don't care what they do. Right now my performance is about my team and winning games" Kelvin answered. Still, I pressed. Kelvin, are you sure you had no butterflies in your stomach before the game? "None at all man, its football." Well then, what is your ceiling? Are you aiming for rookie of the year? "Man, I'm aiming for a Superbowl. That's what we want as a team. That's all on my mind right now."
  16. By now you have seen the amazing touchdown grab by Kelvin Benjamin. After stepping on the back of a defender's foot, he stumbled, recovered, and curled the ball to his chest just before he hit the ground. You can watch the video here.... That was probably the single most impressive touchdown catch in several years.... and it was only his first game. There are some things you may have missed, however. When asked about the difference in his catching ability from college to pros, Kelvin replied "You catch the ball with your eyes". That is one thing I have noticed both in camp and now during a game. Kelvin always has laser focus on the ball. "People think you catch the ball with your hands, but its your eyes." Kelvin Benjamin I did not think it was possible to overthrow Kelvin, but Derek Anderson (under heavy pressure) managed to. Still, Kelvin almost was able to bring in a terribly overthrown ball. "Its football, that happens sometimes" Kelvin remarked. At one point, Buffalo Bills corner and former Gamecock Stephon Gilmore was tasked with pressing Benjamin at the line. The result was Gilmore being thrown to the ground as Benjamin effortlessly completed his route. The last place a NFL defensive back wants to be just after the ball is snapped is on his back. It's not a good look. Keep in mind Gilmore is a respectable six foot one inch corner. Along the sidelines, Kelvin Benjamin stayed focused on the game. When others on the team were enjoying more lighthearted discussions with their fellow Panthers, Benjamin studied the game both on the field and reviewing the new and improved video screens. Coaches have remarked positively on just how "coachable" Kelvin is. I am trying to put aside notions of yet another Panthers rookie of the year, as such things are a bit premature. I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out.
  17. David Gettleman and the Carolina Panthers got it right. Kelvin Benjamin was both the best player available and also filled a huge need at wide receiver. And when I say huge, I mean that literally. Benjamin instantly becomes for the Panthers what we all hoped Brandon Lafell would turn out to be. A tough jump ball receiver that we could rely on in the red zone in addition to tough third down passes. Benjamin won't be burning many players with his speed, but has a fantastic ability to extend his body and make the catch. The most important thing: He has all of the physical tools that cannot be taught. The challenge now is for wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl to mold this young man into a formidable NFL caliber receiver. Proehl, who up until now has had only marginal young talent to develop now gets the keys to a Ferrari. I doubt there is anyone more excited at Bank of America Stadium this morning than Ricky. Under Proehl's tutelage, Benjamin will develop into that safety outlet that Cam has never had. A guy that Cam can throw the ball high and in the general direction of when under pressure and know there is a good chance Kelvin has got it. The Moose to Cam's Jake. If Benjamin can improve on his focus (3 drops vs Florida) and his route running, he will have an immediate positive impact this season for the Panthers. This is exactly what the Panthers needed with their first rounder. Well done.
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