Carolina Panthers trade top receiver Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo Bills

Posted November 02, 2017

The Buffalo Bills made a blockbuster move minutes before the National Football League trade deadline of 4 p.m. Tuesday by acquiring wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers for third- and seventh-round picks in 2018. The two worked in the Panthers organization before joining the Bills and assuming the task of fixing a franchise that appeared to be in disarray.

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That's because the Buffalo Bills are acquiring WR Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers. Jordan Matthews is the Bills leading receiver through seven games, but he has just 15 receptions for 193 receiving yards. Benjamin rebounded from his injury to register a 60-catch and 900-yard season a year ago.

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The former 2014 first-round pick is just two years removed from a torn ACL that forced him to miss the entire 2015 season, and he has struggled to build upon his impressive rookie campaign where he was just the 11th player to record more than 1,000 receiving yards in their first year.

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After last Sunday's win against Tampa Bay, Newton was complimentary of Benjamin, who was playing his first game in the state of Florida after the death of his mother. This season Benjamin has 32 catches, third on the team behind rookie Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess. Benjamin immediately upgrades the receiving corp of for a team who shipped Sammy Watkins away prior to the start of the season. As a sophomore in 2013, he helped the Seminoles go undefeated by hauling in 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns.