The Carolina Panthers used their first round pick on wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and so far, it’s looking like a home run. There were rave reviews for the 28th overall pick in minicamps early and the praises just keep coming. In an interview on Sirius XM on Wednesday, general manager Dave Gettleman compared Benjamin to a player he was around when he worked with the New York Giants.
“When I watched him, I thought I was watching a young Plaxico (Burress),” said Gettleman. “He’s a better athlete than people realize, he plays faster than a lot of people think and he made some ‘OMG’ catches in the rookie minicamp. He’s talented, he has good focus, he learns well and it’s important to him. It’s really important to him.”
Gettleman also addressed the character concerns that were there before the draft saying he and wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl “felt very good about him as a person” after the two met with him.
In seven instances where he’s played more than twelve games, Burress has averaged 65 receptions, 1000 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns per season. I would imagine Cam Newton and every Panther fan would take that.
Perhaps Bovada Sportsbook should increase his odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.