Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin praised after acrobatic TD


Perhaps no non-quarterback rookie will have as much heaped on his plate as Carolina Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

With a revamped receiver corps, the Panthers' offense must get production from the first-round pick if the team is to become the first-ever back-to-back NFC South division winner.

The 6-foot-5 behemoth had just two targets in Friday night's preseason opener, but his one catch showed why Panthers fans are ecstatic about what they've seen so far. (Note: Stephon Gilmore is no slouch corner.)

"I got tangled with the corner but never took my eyes off the ball and made a play," Benjamin said, per "In a split second, I just stuck my arms up between the ball and the ground, right before it hit the ground, and I caught it. It was crazy."

Reviews out of training camp have been glowing for Benjamin -- who went more than a week without dropping a pass during practice.

As for his catch Friday night, even veteran teammates were impressed.

"I don't even know how he tracked the ball at that point in time," Jerricho Cotchery said. "It was a great catch."

Coach Ron Rivera said those are the types of moves that got Benjamin drafted in the first round.

"Those were the plays we saw him make," Rivera said. "When he's able to gather himself and make the play, that's the kind of thing he does."

The Panthers will need many more this season from Benjamin.

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