Kelvin Benjamin rode into the Carolina Panthers training camp in late July looking like a star, driving a big black truck with an enormous “FSU” sticker and a KB13 license plate. He rode out three weeks later on a cart, the victim of a noncontact knee injury that will sideline the Panthers’ best receiver all season.
Such is the cruel nature of football. On my Twitter account (@Scott_Fowler), I asked this week:
Which Panthers’ receiver (tight ends and running backs excluded) will lead the receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns this season?
The responses were all over the place, reflecting the uncertainty at the position. Here is a sampling.
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@DavidSalmonsen: Ted Ginn. Despite speed he is overlooked by defenses and Cam unlocks his best.
@ESieges: likely it will be @phillybrown10. His relationship to Newton is similar to Kelvin’s.
@Jtodd121: Ginn due to his “going long” knack and chemistry with Cam (yrds), Brown in catches, TDs for Cotchery b/c why not.
@Cassiyus: reggie wayne in all three COME ON.
@KevinKuzminski: Randy Moss. Still has a 60/800/8 year in him.
@SATolley1985: Devin Funchess because he’s big target and closest thing to KB on the team.
@MatthewTessnear: If I can’t say RB Stewart or FB Tolbert, I’m going with WR Ginn. Cam seems to like to throw it deep or underneath, not middle.
@Sports Doug: Has to be Funchess. Benjamin led NFL in end zone targets last year. If Devin plays similar role and progresses, he’ll produce.
@Captain Kuechly: Ginn for Yardage as the deep threat, Funchess for TD for size mismatches, Cotchery for catches with his exp/hands.
@Jholt915: I’m going to split it up. Corey Brown in yardage/catches. His hard work will pay off. Funchess in TDs. The size.
@tharealerock: probably @LukeKuechly in all categories.