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#1 Jeremy Igo

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 09:57 AM

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 



#2 ed bell

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:01 AM

There is no other way to put this: the first round pick is shaping up to be a slam dunk that we would have been happy with regardless of where we picked.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:03 AM

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Prior to the TD I was frustrated that Anderson wasnt going to him, instead electing to dump it off to the backs. Benjamin was routinely open. I think he's poised for a great season and great career if he keeps working hard. Especially since Cam has no qualms about going deep and going to him.


By the way, I was on the KB bandwagon from day one. just saying.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

The one thing I noticed about him is he has the "it" factor. I firmly believe you either have it or you don't. Trying not to be a home but I truly believe Kelvin is going to be an amazing WR - possibly year 1.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

A few observations:

 

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go.  On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected.  Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made.  If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO.  Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

 

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:05 AM

Him throwing the corner on the ground.... I'm going to faint.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:07 AM

A few observations:

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go. On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected. Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made. If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO. Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.

What play were you watching? Happy Gilmore had no chance of a deflection. Nice cover up for a dude that got OWNED last night.

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Edited by Mol3m4n, 09 August 2014 - 10:08 AM.


#8 Jeremy Igo

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:08 AM

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Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go.

 

I'd say he looked intimidated.

 

And rightfully so.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:09 AM

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That last line gave me goosebumps!

That young man is special. Special, I tell ya. I almost fell over the balcony on that TD catch. I feel like a proud mommy.

Jeremy, excellent as always. I still think you need to win some sort of espy or something. Your coverage is in a league of its own. Tremendous work.


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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

When Cam looks deep into KB's eyes he sees shiny Lombardi trophies. Well, either that or they might really just be gay for each other. Who knows.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

I'd say he looked intimidated.

 

And rightfully so.

 

I am not the biggest Gilmore fan, I like McKelvin a little more.  But, I cannot imagine Gilmore being intimidated.  The guy plays without emotion or expression.  Go back to the time he was drafted he is on stage showing no emotion and you'll be hard pressed to find a press conference where he is smiling or showing any emotion.
 



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

A few observations:

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go. On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected. Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made. If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO. Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.


Don't kid yourself, Benjamin is a WR with an OLB/DE frame. There won't be many (if any) DBs that can match his strength and momentum. It wouldn't have mattered if Gilmore was himself last night. He'd still be slammed to the ground by Kelvin 9 out of 10 times.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:16 AM

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:17 AM

Gilmore was a top 10 pick entering his 3rd year. Used and abused. KB would have been a top 3 pick next year if he stayed. Lucky us.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 10:18 AM

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A few observations:

 

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go.  On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected.  Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made.  If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO.  Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

 

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.

 

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