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Kelvin Benjamin is Back

Kelvin Benjamin Thad Benson via Flickr


Kelvin Benjamin will be returning for the 2016 NFL season. On May 26th, 2016 Benjamin made his first debut at an OTA since suffering a season-ending ACL tear in August of 2015.

Benjamin drafted in 2014 as the 28th overall pick had pretty good features. His numbers coming out of Florida State were good, despite him only being a Sophomore. Scouts liked his speed, running a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, as well as his size, and physicality, but some were wary of using a higher pick for a player so young coming into the NFL.

The Carolina Panther’s offense, number one in the league for the 2015 season. The group includes role players like wide receivers Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess, led by Cam Newton have an incredible shot at being even better now that Benjamin, who in his rookie season recorded 73 receptions and 1,008 yards is available as another weapon for Newton.

Benjamin has participated in several OTAs; he can cut and turn without the use of a knee brace. Although he didn’t play a down in the Panther’s 2015 run for a championship, a new option for Newton might be what the Panters need to go all the way.

In a recent interview, Benjamin claimed he’s “not trying to baby” the knee that was injured and is instead trying to make up for lost time this next season. He wants to be back to the same level, or better than he was.

Although at first, the loss of this talented young player seemed daunting, the Panthers still excelled without him; this next season is looking good for Carolina, especially now that Newton has one more weapon on the already best offense in the NFL.