Panthers not fretting Kelvin Benjamin's drops

Kelvin Benjamin added two more drops Sunday to take his total to 11 for the season.

Entering a playoff game against a tough Arizona Cardinals secondary, however, the Panthers aren't sweating the rookie receiver's drops.

"He'll be fine," offensive coordinator Mike Shula said of Benjamin, per The Charlotte Observer. "... I think of Cam having a receiver open and he just overthrows him. Do I get disappointed about it? No. Am I concerned about it? No. Just working on it and getting ready to play the next week."

Coach Ron Rivera echoed those thoughts saying he'd like to see Benjamin make those catches, but the team isn't going to stop using its most dynamic receiving target.

Benjamin's 11 drops are tied for the second-most in the NFL this season and his drop rate of 13.1 percent is third highest, per Pro Football Focus.

The stud rookie is likely to see a matchup against cornerback Patrick Peterson in Saturday's Wild Card matchup. Going against one of the NFL's best corners will likely mean Benjamin needs to be ready to make catches in tight spaces.

The Panthers can't afford a big drop in a key spot in the playoffs, but they aren't going to worry about that happening either.

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