This offseason has been a struggle for Carolina Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin after putting together an impressive rookie campaign. The week before the first OTA, Benjamin suffered a left hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first two weeks. He returned to practice last week but that was short lived after he suffered another hamstring injury, this time his right side, on Wednesday, according to The Charlotte Observer’s Jonathan Jones.
Coach Ron Rivera believes the injuries could be tied to the fact that Benjamin reported to OTAs overweight. Jones wrote in his article that Benjamin weighed in eight to nine pounds higher than last year, when he was at 245.
This is certainly an issue the team and Benjamin needs to address sooner rather than later as the second-year receiver is huge part of the Panthers offense. He is the clear cut number one wide receiver and if Benjamin is not able to stay healthy it will change the dynamic of the position.
While, rookie Devin Funchess has looked good so far this offseason it remains to be seen if he could step into that role. There also isn’t another player on the roster who could be considered a true number one wide receiver.
The Panthers will be smart to take this injury slow and let it truly heal. However, if the report is true that Benjamin is overweight, which could be leading to these injuries, then this is the issue that really needs to be addressed prior to training camp.
Brandon Croce is the Lead Publisher for PantherInsider.com. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonCroce.