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Ron Rivera: Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin showed up at camp in good shape

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, center, showed up at training camp in Spartanburg saying he’s in good shape after being limited by hamstring injuries during OTAs and minicamp.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, center, showed up at training camp in Spartanburg saying he’s in good shape after being limited by hamstring injuries during OTAs and minicamp. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

As promised, Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin showed up to training camp in good shape, Benjamin and Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

Benjamin was slowed by two hamstring injuries in summer workouts, and Rivera posited the cause could have been the second-year receiver showing up overweight. According to a team source, the 6-foot-5 Benjamin was eight to nine pounds overweight when he reported in April.

But last week Benjamin said he would be in great shape for camp. And though Benjamin hadn’t yet stepped on the scale when he talked to reporters, Rivera seemed impressed with the receiver’s size.

“I know some guys came in in tremendous shape, most notably Kelvin,” Rivera said. “Very, very pleased at the effort a lot of our guys gave. Everybody hit their weights.”

Not all Panthers are healthy for the start of camp, though. Tight end Brandon Williams (groin) and receiver De’Andre Presley (shin) will start camp on the physically unable to perform list.

They can come off the list at any time during the preseason when they’re medically cleared.

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