The Carolina Panthers sent Kelvin Benjamin packing for Buffalo last season, a receiver at one point had the potential to be one of the most feared players in the minds of defensive coordinators in the NFL.
That was until the 6’5″ 245lb. receiver came into training camp in 2017 weighing a whopping 285lbs., looking more like a tight end than the fast, slender WR he once was.
It wasn’t the weight gain though that Benjamin pointed towards for his downfall in Carolina, but rather his MVP-winning quarterback in Cam Newton.
In an interview with The Athletic, Benjamin went so far as to say that any quarterback would be better to play with than Newton, saying he’s inaccurate and unknowledgeable.
As the league reacted to Benjamin’s harsh comments, FS1’s Shannon Sharpe had other ideas as to why Benjamin fell off, saying “the buffet”, not Cam Newton was the reason.
“Was it Cam’s fault that Kelvin showed up at 280+ pounds as a WR? This is what we know about Cam: He was rookie of the year without Kelvin, Cam won MVP the year Kelvin was hurt. So Cam is like, ‘If I had Antonio Brown or Julio Jones, I would be more accurate.’” — @ShannonSharpe pic.twitter.com/q6kWDjrCAC
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 6, 2018