Panthers Rookie Report for Week 5

It was not a great game for the 2014 Panthers' rookies with a majority struggling against the Bears. Find out below which rookie stood out the most against Chicago.

First Round: Kelvin Benjamin, WR

Stats against Bears: 3 receptions, 11 targets, 38 receiving yards

Season Totals: 24 receptions, 47 targets, 367 yards, 3 touchdowns

Analysis: It was a lackluster performance by Benjamin against the Bears as the drops got the better of him. He finished fourth among Panthers wide receivers with only 38 receiving yards even though he was targeted the most. The dropped passes is the biggest flaw in Benjamin’s game right now and the hope would be he could correct it sooner rather than later.


Second Round: Kony Ealy, DE

Stats against Bears: None, 17 snaps

Season Totals: 2 assisted tackles

Analysis: The Panthers second round pick has been fairly quiet so far this season and has not been able to pressure the quarterback much this year. The hope would be that the second round pick would have gotten more than 17 snaps in a game at this point in the season but the coaching staff hasn’t seen enough to warrant that.


Third Round: Trai Turner, OG

Stats against Bears: First career start, played every offensive snap

Season Totals: 1 career start

Analysis: Trai Turner was the standout rookie last week against Chicago. He was given the opportunity to make his first NFL start and took the opportunity and ran with it. He has been sharing time at the position fairly evenly with Fernando Velasco but played every snap against the Bears.


Fourth Round: Tre Boston, S

Stats against Bears: None

Season Totals: None

Analysis: Tre Boston once again was left off the active roster against the Bears. He has yet to get on the field this year.


Fifth Round: Bene Benwikere, CB

Stats against Bears: 2 solo tackles

Season Totals: 8 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery

Analysis: The rookie cornerback saw his day cut short due to an ankle injury suffered against the Bears. Hopefully this is not a lingering or long-term injury as Benwikere has been a solid addition to this defense. He has stepped into that nickel cornerback role early this year and has played well.


Undrafted: Darrin Reaves, RB

Stats against Bears: 11 carries, 35 rushing yards, 1 reception, 16 receiving yards

Season Totals: 23 rushing attempts, 42 rushing yards, 4 receptions 27 yards

Analysis: Undrafted rookie Darrin Reaves was the Panthers’ featured back for the first time this year. He ended the day with most of the rushing attempts but his biggest play came on a screen pass from Newton, that he took 16 yards. This was a key play on the drive that ended with a Panthers touchdown and tied the score at 21.

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