The Carolina Panthers suffered a devastating blow as standout wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL in his knee in Wednesday’s joint practice with the Dolphins. When I heard this news a pretty good mood turned sour quickly; accepting the reality we will be without our best wide receiver all year a hard pill to swallow. Benjamin to the NFL by storm last season, setting Panther rookie records for receptions, yards and touchdowns. That production won’t be replaced by anyone doesn’t matter who we put out there! Sports stop for no one and we must turn this unfortunate situation into a positive.
Benjamin has youth on his side and is one of the hardest working players out there!! I expect him to come back better than ever like we’ve seen before 😏! He will be able to grow as a leader for this team and be the best teammate anyone could ask for! Get well soon KB.
This team has been through so much adversity over the past few seasons, whether that was Cam Newton’s car accident or coach Rivera’s house fire we were able to rally together as a team and win football games. I don’t see why this would be any different yes, we lost one of our best players, but we still have quality wide receivers that will work to fill the void.
Corey Brown is now slated as our number one wide receiver he is another young guy with tons of speed. Ted Ginn is a veteran guy that also has tons of speed. Along with the speedsters we have Rookie Devin Funchess who is 6’5 and already shown the ability to make great catches. He is just a rookie, but I feel with the guys he has around them he will be a big target for Newton as the season progresses. We also have tight end old reliable Greg Olsen who catches everything and Jerricho Cotchery two veterans that will keep the guys heads up and be another reliable targets for Newton. Brenton Bersin is a local product from Wofford College he will have a larger role in the offense due to the injury. He is 6’3 and has made some good catches for us over the past couple of seasons, but what I worry about is he seems to have the case of the drops at times. Despite that he is another option for us at the wide receiver position.
This position doesn’t have the same firepower as it did with Benjamin in the lineup, but we still have weapons and they are professionals and understand they must step up. Don’t forget we have one of the most versatile quarterbacks in the league and a great stable of running backs that will help this offense be the best it can be. I still think we will have a good offense that will give opposing defenses fits because of the multiple looks we can throw at them.
Defense wins Champions
Another reason we need to relax is because we have one of the best defenses in the league! We have the best middle linebacker combination in Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly wreaking havoc in the opponents back fields. Bill Polian said Luke Kuechly is “the Peyton Manning of defenses” that praise is definitely warranted in his four years in the NFL he already has 453 tackles and seven interceptions absolutely ridiculous! Thomas Davis has himself overcome three ACL surgeries and come back better than ever. Those two guys are enough for me to still be confident in what this team can accomplish despite the recent blow on the offensive side of the ball. Along with Davis and Kuechly we have great complementary players including Charles Johnson, Josh Norman, Bene Benwikere and many more.
We can’t forget there is another side of the ball and it’s a team effort; last time I checked the only thing that matters is scoring more than your opponent. Our defense can line up with anybody and I am excited to see what we can do.
Take a deep Breath
Let’s not press the panic button yet I know it’s a crushing blow, but injuries are part of the game we can do anything about them! We still have a good team that will rally together to win football games. Every season every team goes through some type of adversity before getting to the promise land this is no different!! As a few fans have echoed I hear Sam Mills right now saying KEEP POUNDING!!!! I have every confidence in this team can’t wait for the season to start. Go Panthers!!