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Let's take a moment to remember the 2013 Carolina Panthers receiving corps. Take whatever drink is closest to you, pour a little out and nod your head in remembrance of players like Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon LaFell.
Now let's examine the receivers currently on the Panthers' depth chart.
What I see is first-round rookie Kelvin Benjamin and a bunch of journeymen. Quarterback Cam Newton won't exactly be throwing to a galaxy of talented pass-catchers.
Benjamin will be joined by veterans Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tiquan Underwood, Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt.
Yes, that is disgusting, and yes, you should feel badly for Newton.
The Panthers are coming off a 12-4 season that netted them the NFC South title and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs but appear likely to regress this year, and the pithy receiving corps is a major reason why. Tight end Greg Olsen is excellent, but he can't get it done by himself. Benjamin will need to be a beast in his rookie year, and the receiver position is notoriously tough on rookies.
The receivers will see their first action on Friday night against the Bills, and Benjamin is clearly the player to watch. If he turns out to be a stud, the Panthers could very well find themselves back in the discussion for the division crown.