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Receiver Jerricho Cotchery creating separation
Missing from all the criticism of the Panthers' fresh-faced receiving corps this offseason was the realization that the group actually had the chance to be an improvement from 2013—and so far, that potentiality appears to be reality.
The most talented receiver on the roster, rookie Kelvin Benjamin, is leading the way in terms of making the most positive impressions. According to ESPN.com's David Newton, he is "becoming quite comfortable with [Cam] Newton in a hurry."
Coming out of Florida State, one question mark on Benjamin was the consistency of his hands, but he's caught everything within reach so far at camp, which is very encouraging.
Veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant have also been just as advertised, making few mistakes if any and offering leadership to the youngsters, of which there are many within this group of receivers.
One of those youngsters, 24-year-old Brenton Bersin, is making a strong pitch for a spot on the 53-man roster, which will likely include only six receivers.
Bersin has been impressive thus far, and if he can keep it up, then look for him as a dark-horse candidate to make a surprise impact on the Panthers offense this season.