Dave Gettleman: Watching Kelvin Benjamin reminded me of a young Plaxico Burress

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The Panthers made wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin their first-round pick earlier this month and General Manager Dave Gettleman said Wednesday that Benjamin was more appealing to them than some other receiving prospects because of his size.

Gettleman also said the team wasn’t turned off by negative reports about Benjamin’s character. Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl and Gettleman both spent time with Benjamin during the pre-draft process and “felt very good about him as a person” when the meetings came to an end.

Gettleman felt good about Benjamin as a player too. Ross Tucker of Sirius XM NFL Radio asked Gettleman about people comparing Benjamin to Brandon Marshall and the former Giants executive responded with the name of a player he used to watch closely in New Jersey while adding a bit of text speak to a lexicon that already includes “blue goose” and “hog molly.”

“When I watched him, I thought I was watching a young Plaxico [Burress],” Gettleman said. “He’s a better athlete than people realize, he plays faster than a lot people think and he made some ‘OMG’ catches in the rookie minicamp. He’s talented, he has good focus, he learns well and it’s important to him. It’s really important to him.”

Burress generated a few character red flags over the course of his career, but he also generated a lot of catches, yards and touchdowns for the Steelers and Giants before bringing things to a halt with a self-inflicted gunshot to the leg. They’ll want Benjamin to steer clear of that fate, but the Panthers would surely be happy with Burress’ on-field production.

33 responses to “Dave Gettleman: Watching Kelvin Benjamin reminded me of a young Plaxico Burress

  1. “When I watch him, I think I am watching Plaxico Burress”

    – Gustav Gettleman (Berlin 1933)

  2. Before the draft, Benjamin was my 1st choice for the Panthers. Evans was another good receiver but with Johnny F-Ball at QB , he usually had 30-60 seconds to get open. He won’t have that long to get open in the NFL. Gentleman made a good choice.

  3. Reminds me of a guy that has as many catches in the NFL as all of us.

    Gettleman quick question…with no NFL caliber OT’s on the roster how is Cam getting him the ball?

  4. “Gettleman also said the team wasn’t turned off by negative reports about Benjamin’s character.”

    And that, my friends, is the biggest problem with the NFL right now.

  5. Benjamin strikes me as a kid who might have some problems with his weight every now and then. I’m not sure I would have made him a 1st round pick but then there weren’t many teams in worse shape at WR before the draft than the Panthers so I can see it, I guess.

  6. Besides the height, I dont really see the comparison here. Plaxico was faster, had better hops, and a skinnier frame. Not knocking Benjamin, but I’d compare him to a taller Boldin if I had to pick a guy.

  7. “Watching Kelvin Benjamin reminded me of a young Plaxico Burress”
    so he thinks he will have a few decent games then fail epically?

  8. Keep hatin’ on Plax. My man caught the dagger against the undefeated Pats. If not, Giants likely lose and we’d be listening to Pats’ fans saying “best ever” til the end of time. He did us all a favor and you should thank him for it.

  9. Big kid. Better keep him from that Church’s Chicken on Beatties Ford Road. Chicken on steroids. Not only will he test positive, he’ll be 260 before you know it.

    Kids his size are running 4.5s. He’s at 4.61. A couple biscuits and he might be Olsen’s TE replacement. He’s on my team, so I hope he succeeds.

    But I never listen to anything Gettleman has to say. He thinks he’s stand up comedian. We’ll see how funny he is after week 6.

  10. This was an awesome pic if you watch the taoe id much rather have him over evans. Gilbert and benjamin are the silent gems of the draft. Nice work getting him, he is big and goes after that ball with aggresion. He is megatron,boldin and demaryus in one. He might not start out the fastest but for a 2 or 3 yr span he will put up numbers even watkins cant touch!

  11. The wonderlic means nothing. And at his size, the 40-yard dash means nothing. He is not there to out-run guys, he is there to out-jump them. He is a stud WR, and between Cam’s athleticism and KB’s catch-radius, I don’t think OT will be that big of a concern either. They’ll be just fine.

  12. Better watch that OMG thing,,,one NFL player has already been sent to a 2 day re-education camp for posting OMG, and never type horrible.

  13. Hog mollies, blue goose, OMG catches…

    Well, Jim Rome made a nice career for himself creating a new language. Maybe Jerry Reese’s meetings had one and DG is just using it in public. What I know for sure is that DG was part of a front office that got 2 titles and we have never had back-to-back winning seasons. So I’ll give DG’s new language another year or two before passing final judgment.

  14. Kelvin Benjamin aka “optimus prime” nuff said. We now have the second transformer installment on this panther receiving corps at Cams disposal. Great move Dave and ron in crew spoting this incredible talent. The next ten years should be fun!

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