The Carolina Panthers have had a very quiet time so far in the off-season ahead of the 2015 NFL season.
The biggest moves that the Panthers have made so far include the signings of Charles Tillman, Jarrett Boykin and Ted Ginn Jr, whilst tight end Greg Olsen had his contract extended.
The Panthers have had their first bit of bad news so far however, as it has been revealed that one star player has suffered an injury during the team's first set of workouts.
According to a report from Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a hamstring injury during OTA's and is set to miss some time out thanks to the strain.
"Second-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring last week, a team spokesman confirmed," Jones wrote. "As a precaution, he likely won’t participate in next week’s activities, though he has been with the team on the field and in the locker room recently."
Benjamin stormed on to the scene as a rookie last year, become Cam Newton's go to receiver as he and Greg Olsen racked up the majority of Carolina's offense in what wasn't a great season for the Panthers. Benjamin finished his rookie season with 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Panthers drafted Benjamin with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 Draft, bringing in the 6-ft-5 wideout from Florida State where he starred as a sophomore. In 2013, he had 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown against Auburn in the BCS title game with 13 seconds remaining.
In Benjamin's absence, the Panthers second round pick from this year's draft - Devin Funchess out of of Michigan - took first-team reps and showed his versatility by lining up at the X,Y, and Z in the Carolina offense.
The Panthers will look to improve on their 2014 campaign and go further in to the playoffs. In order to do that, Benjamin will have to be fully fit for the whole thing.
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