Kelvin Benjamin says Carolina, Cam Newton were bad for him

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Kelvin Benjamin was traded from the Panthers to the Bills last season, and he’s glad to be gone from Carolina.

Benjamin told The Athletic that he never felt that he was a fit with the Panthers, and specifically never felt he was a fit with Cam Newton.

“I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else. I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me,” Benjamin said. “If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like [Aaron] Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben [Roethlisberger] — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”

Benjamin doesn’t exactly have a great quarterback now in Buffalo, so whether he can be happy there remains to be seen.

For his part, Newton posted a brief video on social media saying, “I ain’t gonna go back and forth with him, I’m just gonna work.”

61 responses to “Kelvin Benjamin says Carolina, Cam Newton were bad for him

  1. Saddens me to hear this from a Buffalo Bill. The cringe we had to endure under Rex Ryan’s loud paper tigers, to then moving into the quiet professionalism McBeane brought in. I for one loved when I didn’t see any quotes from Bills players in the news, other than about how hard we have to work to earn success.

  2. While KB was on the roster in Carolina, the team was 19-22-1 when he was active and 23-3 when he was inactive. He was consistently out of shape and would give up on plays when there were turnovers. Watch the tape of the interception Cam threw against the Chargers when he injured his shoulder making the tackle. KB thought they were playing two hand touch.

  3. Wow. Talk about throwing Cam under the bus.

    Cam didn’t dive for the ball, though. I remember that.

  4. I don’t blame him, I’d rather work with anybody else other than Cam Meton.

  5. I like how his list of anybodies that he wants to play with consists of two first-ballot HOF and another borderline HOF quarterback. Will he even dress up to play with Peterman or McCarron?

  6. Benjamin has his own issues but he’s not wrong about Cam. Cam will never be a great traditional passing QB. If Cam had to be a pocket passer he’d probably be a backup QB. Half of Cam’s value is his ability to run the ball and run over people. That doesn’t help a WR who has trouble gaining separation and needs pinpoint throws.

  7. You don’t trash your fellow players. How does any quarterback going forward trust him not to air his complaints about routes, touches, etc., in the media? If his mouth is so fast, let it return kick-offs and punts for a while…

  8. I read the full interview. He comes off as immature, inarticulate, and unwilling to accept (and improve upon) his own shortcomings. I hope my Bills let him go in free agency. Maybe they can score a comp pick for him if they play the formula right.

  9. getting drafted by the NFL = winning the lottery, or finding a wallet filled with money.

    Do you
    A) thank your lucky stars and work hard at capitalizing on your good fortune

    or

    B) Whine that the wallet isn’t big enough, that the lottery ticket wasn’t enough/or for the right lottery.

    If I was 21 and drafted by the Browns, making the vets minimum for 4 years, then out of football forever, I’d still be way way ahead of most people (assuming I banked my money). I’d get a job content that I got to have some fun in the NFL.

  10. I could see how being a wr with cam would be annoying giving he is incredibly innaccurate and makes terrible decisions. But benjamin always being overweight and out of shape did hisself no favors.

  11. FYI redeemerac, Kelvin came into the first mini camp in great shape and has maintained it up till now. The past is just that, the past.

  12. Lol wow unless Benjamin knows that cam threw him into a significant injury with a bad pass this is a pretty gutless public comment

  13. I NEVER thought I would say this because I just don’t like him, but I’m on Team Cam on this one. Ok, so he doesn’t have a laser targeting system on this arm, but he gets the ball in the vicinity. What do most GREAT WRs say? If I can get my hands on it…I’ll catch it. I saw multiple highlights of the ball hitting Benjamin in the HANDS, and him not being able to make the catch. Like Dean Wormer said in Animal House, “fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” Not calling Benjamin a drunk….but he’s proven to be stupid with his words, and shown up FAT to camp when he should be ready to roll. It pains me to say it, but TEAM CAM on this discussion. Good response by him, BTW…..NO ENGAGEMENT. Bravo.

  14. He’s not a great WR but he’s not wrong about Newton’s poor accuracy. A poor passer makes any WR look even worse. Cam’s throws did improve last season but SB Nation (July 15, 2018), while recognizing Cam’s deep ball, still overall rated him as the NFL’s least consistent passer – ouch!!

  15. Kinda hard to argue with 23-3 and a #1 scoring offense.

    But I guess I’d be a little salty too if my 7-8-1 team suddenly became a juggernaut without me.

  16. Sad times in the Nation. So many or is it to many sensitive wimps in the world of football. A man gets asked a question. Man answers it honestly and frankly. But it hurts people’s feelings? Now the hurt, too sensitive wimps use the internet to ridicule an honest man? Truth be told, Cam is not a QB but a much better version of Tyrod Taylor. Fool’s gold QB!

  17. On one side you have a good quarteback wifh accuracy issues, on the other you have a good receiver with weight issues. One of these things is not like other.

    Just sayin…

  18. I am not a fan of Cam, and actually really liked Benjamin coming out of the draft. I even hoped Seattle was going to draft Benjamin.

    It is funny how one pathetic comment can change someone’s overall perception. Not a good look Kelvin.

    And dare I say, I was even impressed with Cam’s response.

  19. Not a Carolina fan but I live in the area. Kelvin Benjamin showed up for camp every year out of shape and overweight. It was so bad that Carolina fans around her would joke that they should move him to oline. Cam is hardly perfect, but I’ve seen him do things outside of football that shows me he’s a decent human being. He went to visit the victims of the Charleston church shooting. He didn’t take camera’s with him, he didn’t announce to the media. The only reason anyone found out about it was because one of the parishioner’s said something. The only thing I’ve seen KB do is eat himself out of Carolina. Team actually got better when he was hurt.

  20. We know that football is a team sport.. There are 53 players on the active roster, coaches, and front office staff. They all one way or another affect the outcome of the season. For KB to make a comment like that was unprofessional. It was definitely personal and immature of KB. Whether you like or dislike Cam, he is not 100% responsible for KBs statistics or performance. I hope he doesn’t point fingers in Buffalo.

  21. 19 touchdowns in four years is what this guy has delivered. That’s not much for a 1st round draft pick. Shut your yap and prove something before you start bashing your former teammates

  22. “Honestly, if Carolina had to do it all over again, they probably wouldn’t have drafted either one of these guys.”

    Hahah, that’s a good one. Yeah, they probably wouldn’t have drafted the 2015 NFL MVP who has already set dozens of NFL all-time records. Right.

  23. doctorpancake says:
    August 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    “Honestly, if Carolina had to do it all over again, they probably wouldn’t have drafted either one of these guys.”

    Hahah, that’s a good one. Yeah, they probably wouldn’t have drafted the 2015 NFL MVP who has already set dozens of NFL all-time records. Right.

    —————

    Dozens of NFL records? Name them

  24. Dozens of NFL records? Name them

    — With a whole 5 seconds of research…

    Records and achievements
    Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NFL history (54)[196]
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in his first two games (854), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[197]
    Most games in NFL history with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown (32)[198]
    Most player of the week awards in a single season (5) tied with Tom Brady[199]
    First player in NFL history and most games with at least 250 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 1 rushing touchdown in a single game (2)[200]
    Most games in single season with at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown (8) [201]
    Only player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in same season[202]
    Most rushing touchdowns in single season by a quarterback (14), achieved on December 4, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[203]
    Most combined yards in a player’s first five seasons (21,560)[204]
    First quarterback and fifth player in NFL history with at least 500 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, and 4.8 yards a carry in 5 consecutive NFL seasons[205]
    First quarterback in NFL history to win both NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and NFL MVP at some point in his career.
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in debut game (422), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals[206]
    First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first two career starts, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[195]
    Fastest player to throw for 1,000 yards (at Arizona Cardinals, vs. Green Bay Packers, and vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)[207]
    Sixth quarterback to throw for 400+ yards in back to back games[206]
    First player in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games[208]
    Twenty-fifth NFL player (and first quarterback) to have 20 rushing touchdowns in first two seasons [209]
    First player to have 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in first two seasons[210]
    First player in NFL history with 50 passing touchdowns and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons[211]
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season[212]
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season[213]
    First quarterback in NFL history with 100+ pass touchdowns and 25+ rush touchdowns in first five seasons[148]
    First quarterback in NFL history with multiple seasons of 20+ passing touchdowns and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season [214]
    First player in NFL history with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first three seasons[215]
    First player in NFL history with 10,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in his first four seasons[216]
    First player in NFL history to have at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in five consecutive seasons[217]
    First quarterback in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards and pass for 300+ yards with 5 touchdowns in a single game (December 20, 2015).[218]
    First player in NFL history with 100+ rush yards and 5 pass touchdowns in a single game[217]
    First player with 3,500 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season (2011, 2015)[205]
    First quarterback in NFL history with 10+ rushing touchdowns in multiple NFL seasons (2011, 2015)[219]
    Fifth quarterback in NFL history with 3+ games with 5+ touchdown passes in a season[217]
    Fourth quarterback to win 17+ straight regular season starts in the Super Bowl era[217]
    Most games in NFL history with at least 200 passing yards and 80 rushing yards with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown (4 games)[220]
    Third quarterback in NFL history with 2+ passing touchdowns and 1+ rushing touchdown[221]
    Second quarterback in NFL history with 3+ passing touchdowns and 1+ rushing touchdown[222]
    Most touchdown passes from a player from Auburn[223]
    First starting quarterback to win the NFC South in consecutive seasons (2013–2015)
    Second player in NFL history with 7,500+ pass yards and 40+ pass touchdowns in first two seasons, joining Peyton Manning (’99)[224]
    First quarterback in NFL history to earn a comeback victory when trailing in overtime[143]
    Third quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 3,000 yards in his first five seasons[225]
    Second most 5+ touchdown games in a single season (3)[226]
    Second quarterback with 300+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards in a single game[227]
    First player in Super Bowl era to pass for 300 yards and rush for multiple touchdowns in a playoff game [228]
    Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first four seasons (33)[229]

    They ain’t all HoF records, but there are records some gems in there

  25. “Benjamin has his own issues but he’s not wrong about Cam. Cam will never be a great traditional passing QB. If Cam had to be a pocket passer he’d probably be a backup QB. Half of Cam’s value is his ability to run the ball and run over people. That doesn’t help a WR who has trouble gaining separation and needs pinpoint throws.”

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    So I guess when QB’s like Fran Tarkenton, who had to punt and perform other duties other than play QB don’t need to be in the HOF then..

    I’m not understanding what your point is?

  26. heparadoxx82 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    Dozens of NFL records? Name them

    — With a whole 5 seconds of research…

    Records and achievements
    Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NFL history (54)[196]
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in his first two games (854), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[197]
    Most games in NFL history with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown (32)[198]
    Most player of the week awards in a single season (5) tied with Tom Brady[199]
    First player in NFL history and most games with at least 250 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 1 rushing touchdown in a single game (2)[200]
    Most games in single season with at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown (8) [201]
    Only player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in same season[202]
    Most rushing touchdowns in single season by a quarterback (14), achieved on December 4, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[203]
    Most combined yards in a player’s first five seasons (21,560)[204]
    First quarterback and fifth player in NFL history with at least 500 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, and 4.8 yards a carry in 5 consecutive NFL seasons[205]
    First quarterback in NFL history to win both NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and NFL MVP at some point in his career.
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in debut game (422), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals[206]
    First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first two career starts, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[195]
    Fastest player to throw for 1,000 yards (at Arizona Cardinals, vs. Green Bay Packers, and vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)[207]
    Sixth quarterback to throw for 400+ yards in back to back games[206]
    First player in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games[208]
    Twenty-fifth NFL player (and first quarterback) to have 20 rushing touchdowns in first two seasons [209]
    First player to have 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in first two seasons[210]
    First player in NFL history with 50 passing touchdowns and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons[211]
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season[212]
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season[213]
    First quarterback in NFL history with 100+ pass touchdowns and 25+ rush touchdowns in first five seasons[148]
    First quarterback in NFL history with multiple seasons of 20+ passing touchdowns and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season [214]
    First player in NFL history with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first three seasons[215]
    First player in NFL history with 10,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in his first four seasons[216]
    First player in NFL history to have at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in five consecutive seasons[217]
    First quarterback in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards and pass for 300+ yards with 5 touchdowns in a single game (December 20, 2015).[218]
    First player in NFL history with 100+ rush yards and 5 pass touchdowns in a single game[217]
    First player with 3,500 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season (2011, 2015)[205]
    First quarterback in NFL history with 10+ rushing touchdowns in multiple NFL seasons (2011, 2015)[219]
    Fifth quarterback in NFL history with 3+ games with 5+ touchdown passes in a season[217]
    Fourth quarterback to win 17+ straight regular season starts in the Super Bowl era[217]
    Most games in NFL history with at least 200 passing yards and 80 rushing yards with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown (4 games)[220]
    Third quarterback in NFL history with 2+ passing touchdowns and 1+ rushing touchdown[221]
    Second quarterback in NFL history with 3+ passing touchdowns and 1+ rushing touchdown[222]
    Most touchdown passes from a player from Auburn[223]
    First starting quarterback to win the NFC South in consecutive seasons (2013–2015)
    Second player in NFL history with 7,500+ pass yards and 40+ pass touchdowns in first two seasons, joining Peyton Manning (’99)[224]
    First quarterback in NFL history to earn a comeback victory when trailing in overtime[143]
    Third quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 3,000 yards in his first five seasons[225]
    Second most 5+ touchdown games in a single season (3)[226]
    Second quarterback with 300+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards in a single game[227]
    First player in Super Bowl era to pass for 300 yards and rush for multiple touchdowns in a playoff game [228]
    Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first four seasons (33)[229]

    They ain’t all HoF records, but there are records some gems in there

    —————————————

    You forgot to add:

    1 pair of “MVP” cleats. Used only in SB warmup and in Mint condition.

  27. So Cam has a bunch of “rushing” records or passing records tied to rushing. No doubt he is a great runner and he is one of the biggest guys on the field. But as a passer, he is mediocre…..not going to win many postseason games I suspect

  28. Cam is a GREAT QB. Benjamin is just a jealous former teammate who was ran out of Carolina. Cam is on pace to break all the major passing records in the NFL. Not bad for someone who is “innacurate”. Someday we’ll all see Cam dab on the hall of fame stage.

  29. That’s a little delusional by Benjamin.

    Was Cam bad for his rookie year when he was lighting it up?

    Yeah, Cam isn’t a top 10 pure passer, hell maybe not even top 15, nevertheless he can get the ball out strong and deep.

    The problem he isn’t addressing is. Since his ACL injury, Benjamin isn’t nearly the same player.

    He’s looked like he’s a step and a half slower.

    So unless a QB can get it right to him, he’s not going to be any good because… a) he can’t run to the ball, and b) get wide open like he used to.

    Unless he’s finally healed and back up to par. But at this point, I have to go with what I’ve seen, and that he’s lost it.

  30. Sour grapes. He did not do much in Carolina and especially after he tore up his knee. Goodbye and good riddance.

  31. eaglesmancave says:
    August 5, 2018 at 8:08 am
    Cam has some flaws, but a huge draft bust calling him out like that is classless and comical. There’s a reason Cam’s there and K-Bust isn’t.
    ______________________________________________________________
    The Panthers have way too much invested into Newton to let him go… Benjamin was on year 4 of his rookie contract, Which made him quite expensive to keep during year 5, Especially since they weren’t planning on resigning him to a long tern deal. Besides, The Bills offered them a third round pick. Benjamin was a late 1st round pick (28), So receiving 3.5 years of service and getting a third round pick back in the process seems like a wise move.

    AJ McCarron will be the starting QB in Buffalo this year, So Benjamin should be in a better situation than he was in Carolina… at least accuracy wise.

  32. YES cam has accuracy issues Likely always will BUT Cam has never blamed anyone but himself & has never Been a bad team to anyone in the NFL
    Benjamin show up for his Rookie yr (2014)out of shape Nearly 270 So he started out behind in TC & did ok once he got into shape Fans,Coaches blames him being a rookie Next yr he should up 280 & than broke his leg in TC so on 9-01-15 he was placed on IR & Ted Ginn replaced him & Cam Had a MVP season & Panthers want to SB …….YES KB is right he should have never been drafted by the Panthers BUT that is Dave Gettleman fault & like 90 % of his picks was bad LOOK IT UP if you don’t believe me

  33. Carolina was 21-3 in the regular season without Benjamin over the past four years. They were 18-21-1 with him on the field.
    Not sure what Benjamin is thinking about.

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