Panthers wideout, Benjamin, suffers torn ACL
This morning at Panthers training camp, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went down with an apparent left leg injury and had to be carted off the field. With Carolina not having premiere talent at the position, the thought of losing Benjamin for an extended period of time was quite daunting. To the team’s disappointment Benjamin’s injury was serious as he tore his ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire 2015 season.
This is a major blow to Carolina as Benjamin had a great rookie year in 2014 with over 70 catches and over a thousand yards receiving. In a year when many rookie wideouts were productive, Benjamin fit right in. He was easily the most productive wide receiver on the team and only trailed tight end Greg Olsen in catches and receiving yards.
The Panthers running game will need to step up this season. Running back Jonathan Stewart having a productive year will be very important in helping take the pressure off of the wide receivers on the team. They will, however, still need to have their passing game as a part of their offensive attack. That is why players such as rookie Devin Funchess and veterans Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerricho Cotchery need to help stabilize the passing game in Benjamin’s absence.
Colby Gatz covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15