Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin in “pretty doggone good form”

AP

It’s been almost a year since Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL during a training camp practice and that was enough time filled with enough rehab that the team felt comfortable giving him the green light for the first practice of this year’s camp.

Benjamin only did individual work during OTAs, but made several catches during team drills on Thursday. While it’s early in the process and Benjamin has rust to knock off, Benjamin’s work made a good impression on head coach Ron Rivera.

“It could be a good harbinger in terms of seeing Kelvin — I don’t want to say in top form — but pretty doggone good form,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “He’s still got a ways to go in terms of getting in game shape. But it’s really good to see him moving around.”

Benjamin’s loss seemed like a bad harbinger for the Panthers last summer, although things played out in a much better fashion for the eventual NFC champions. Their success in his absence may mean that Benjamin will be targeted less frequently than the 145 throws he saw as a rookie, but his return to health would be a boost to Carolina’s chances at repeating their success from last season.

4 responses to “Ron Rivera: Kelvin Benjamin in “pretty doggone good form”

  1. I think Kelvin Benjamin being gone last season and the uninspiring group of WRs the Panthers trotted out last year has made people overrate him a bit. Benjamin is a talented young WR, but he has a major problem with drops and misplaying the ball. He led the league in drops and pulled in only a little more than half his targets.

  2. Haven’t seen enough of him to know if he’s overrated or not. It will be fun to watch him and Funchess on the field together along with a great receiving tight end.

  3. corkspop – True. But consider this: We have 2 huge WRs in KB and Funchess, plus 2 speed demons in Ted Ginn and Philly Brown. So Shula can mix & match – both the speed guys, both the huge guys, one of each, a 3-receiver set of 2 of one type and one of the other… and that doesn’t even consider Cam running a QB draw out of those sets. If Stewart stays healthy and Oher is better at run-blocking as he’s been working on, this is the best offense on the planet.

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