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Kelvin Benjamin
WR #13
Height:
6-5
Weight:
245
Age:
24
College:
Florida St.
Hometown:
Belle Glade, Fla.
Experience:
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 73 1,008 13.8 51 9 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2014 CAR 16 15 73 1,008 13.8 51 9 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (5/8/14).

GP/GS
Career (16/15) [2/2]; 2014 (16/15) [2/2].

2014
SEASON NOTES - Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Played in 16 games with 15 starts...Set team records for most catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a season by a rookie with 73 catches, 1,008 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns...Broke the previous records of 47 catches, 754 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns by Keary Colbert in 2004...Ranked third among all NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns...One of an NFL-record three rookie wide receivers to post 1,000 receiving yards, along with Odell Beckham, Jr., of the New York Giants with 1,305 yards and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 1,051 yards...Finished first on the Panthers in receiving touchdowns, tied for first in receiving yards and second in receptions...Teamed with tight end Greg Olsen (1,008 yards) to become the second tandem in team history to each register 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, previously achieved in 1999 by wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad with 1,253 yards and wide receiver Patrick Jeffers with 1,082 yards...POSTSEASON: Started NFC Wild Card versus Arizona (1/3) and NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10)...Notched 11 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns...ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September...Led all rookies with 329 receiving yards, tied for first with three receiving touchdowns and ranked second with 21 catches.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - At Tampa Bay (9/7): Scored first career touchdown on a 26-yard reception, making an incredible catch with Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins draped all over him...Vs. Pittsburgh (9/21): Produced first career 100-yard receiving game with 115 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions...Equaled the second most receiving yards in a game by a Panthers rookie behind 125 yards by David Gettis versus San Francisco (10/24/10)...Cradled a 35-yard, over-the-shoulder touchdown....At Baltimore (9/28): Slipped behind the Ravens secondary for a 28-yard touchdown catch...At Cincinnati (10/12): Capped opening drive with a three-yard touchdown reception...At Green Bay (10/19): Out-jumped Packers cornerback Tramon Williams for a 13-yard touchdown catch...Vs. Seattle (10/26): Hauled in a career-long 51-yard reception, climbing the ladder to make grab over Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, to set up a field goal...At Philadelphia (11/10): Established a career high and tied a team record for the most receiving touchdowns in a game by a rookie with two, previously accomplished by Colbert versus Tampa Bay (11/28/04) and Gettis versus San Francisco (10/24/10)...Ran a slant and dragged defender into the end zone on 21-yard touchdown...Put a double move on cornerback to get behind him and reel in deep ball for 40-yard touchdown...Vs. Atlanta (11/16): Set a team record for the most catches in a game by a rookie with nine for 109 yards and one touchdown...Bettered the previous record of eight, previously accomplished three times - most recently by himself versus Pittsburgh (9/21)...Represented second career 100-yard receiving performance...Made a juggling 22-yard touchdown reception while falling to the ground in the end zone...At New Orleans (12/7): Caught a nine-yard touchdown pass on opening possession of the game...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/14): Accumulated 104 yards on eight receptions to generate third career 100-yard receiving effort...Combined with Olsen (110 receiving yards) to give the Panthers two players with 100 receiving yards in the same game for the first time since Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart versus Green Bay (9/18/11)...Vs. Cleveland (12/21): Joined cornerback Bené Benwikere, safety Tre Boston, wide receiver Corey Brown, linebacker Adarius Glanton, guard Andrew Norwell and guard Trai Turner as one of a team-record seven rookie starters...NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10): Matched team record for the most receiving touchdowns in a postseason game with two on seven catches for 75 yards...Snagged a bullet for a seven-yard touchdown on slant and secured grab and got both feet inbounds for 15-yard touchdown.

COLLEGE
Played in 28 games with 14 starts at Florida State...Entered NFL following sophomore season...Physically imposing receiver with perfect blend of size and speed along with long arms makes him a quarterback-friendly target...Totaled 84 receptions for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns...Finished career second in school history with an average of 17.93 yards per catch...2013 (So.): Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice...Started 14 games...Led the team with 1,011 receiving yards on 54 receptions...Ranked first in the conference and third in the nation with 15 receiving touchdowns, which tied the school record...Became the Seminoles' first 1,000-yard receiver since Anquan Boldin in 2002...Produced a first down on 85.2 percent of catches...Gained 10 or more yards on 42 receptions, including 25 of 20 yards or more...Recorded career highs with nine catches, 212 receiving yards and three touchdowns against Florida...Scored the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard reception with 13 seconds left in the BCS National Championship against Auburn...2012 (Fr.): Played in 14 games...Posted 30 catches for 495 yards and four touchdowns - second most on the team...Rushed twice for 33 yards...2011: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Glades Central HS in Belle Glade, Fla.

TRANSACTIONS
Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (5/8/14).

GP/GS
Career (16/15) [2/2]; 2014 (16/15) [2/2].

2014
SEASON NOTES - Selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Played in 16 games with 15 starts...Set team records for most catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a season by a rookie with 73 catches, 1,008 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns...Broke the previous records of 47 catches, 754 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns by Keary Colbert in 2004...Ranked third among all NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns...One of an NFL-record three rookie wide receivers to post 1,000 receiving yards, along with Odell Beckham, Jr., of the New York Giants with 1,305 yards and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 1,051 yards...Finished first on the Panthers in receiving touchdowns, tied for first in receiving yards and second in receptions...Teamed with tight end Greg Olsen (1,008 yards) to become the second tandem in team history to each register 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, previously achieved in 1999 by wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad with 1,253 yards and wide receiver Patrick Jeffers with 1,082 yards...POSTSEASON: Started NFC Wild Card versus Arizona (1/3) and NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10)...Notched 11 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns...ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September...Led all rookies with 329 receiving yards, tied for first with three receiving touchdowns and ranked second with 21 catches.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - At Tampa Bay (9/7): Scored first career touchdown on a 26-yard reception, making an incredible catch with Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins draped all over him...Vs. Pittsburgh (9/21): Produced first career 100-yard receiving game with 115 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions...Equaled the second most receiving yards in a game by a Panthers rookie behind 125 yards by David Gettis versus San Francisco (10/24/10)...Cradled a 35-yard, over-the-shoulder touchdown....At Baltimore (9/28): Slipped behind the Ravens secondary for a 28-yard touchdown catch...At Cincinnati (10/12): Capped opening drive with a three-yard touchdown reception...At Green Bay (10/19): Out-jumped Packers cornerback Tramon Williams for a 13-yard touchdown catch...Vs. Seattle (10/26): Hauled in a career-long 51-yard reception, climbing the ladder to make grab over Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, to set up a field goal...At Philadelphia (11/10): Established a career high and tied a team record for the most receiving touchdowns in a game by a rookie with two, previously accomplished by Colbert versus Tampa Bay (11/28/04) and Gettis versus San Francisco (10/24/10)...Ran a slant and dragged defender into the end zone on 21-yard touchdown...Put a double move on cornerback to get behind him and reel in deep ball for 40-yard touchdown...Vs. Atlanta (11/16): Set a team record for the most catches in a game by a rookie with nine for 109 yards and one touchdown...Bettered the previous record of eight, previously accomplished three times - most recently by himself versus Pittsburgh (9/21)...Represented second career 100-yard receiving performance...Made a juggling 22-yard touchdown reception while falling to the ground in the end zone...At New Orleans (12/7): Caught a nine-yard touchdown pass on opening possession of the game...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/14): Accumulated 104 yards on eight receptions to generate third career 100-yard receiving effort...Combined with Olsen (110 receiving yards) to give the Panthers two players with 100 receiving yards in the same game for the first time since Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart versus Green Bay (9/18/11)...Vs. Cleveland (12/21): Joined cornerback Bené Benwikere, safety Tre Boston, wide receiver Corey Brown, linebacker Adarius Glanton, guard Andrew Norwell and guard Trai Turner as one of a team-record seven rookie starters...NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10): Matched team record for the most receiving touchdowns in a postseason game with two on seven catches for 75 yards...Snagged a bullet for a seven-yard touchdown on slant and secured grab and got both feet inbounds for 15-yard touchdown.

COLLEGE
Played in 28 games with 14 starts at Florida State...Entered NFL following sophomore season...Physically imposing receiver with perfect blend of size and speed along with long arms makes him a quarterback-friendly target...Totaled 84 receptions for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns...Finished career second in school history with an average of 17.93 yards per catch...2013 (So.): Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice...Started 14 games...Led the team with 1,011 receiving yards on 54 receptions...Ranked first in the conference and third in the nation with 15 receiving touchdowns, which tied the school record...Became the Seminoles' first 1,000-yard receiver since Anquan Boldin in 2002...Produced a first down on 85.2 percent of catches...Gained 10 or more yards on 42 receptions, including 25 of 20 yards or more...Recorded career highs with nine catches, 212 receiving yards and three touchdowns against Florida...Scored the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard reception with 13 seconds left in the BCS National Championship against Auburn...2012 (Fr.): Played in 14 games...Posted 30 catches for 495 yards and four touchdowns - second most on the team...Rushed twice for 33 yards...2011: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Glades Central HS in Belle Glade, Fla.