Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin didn’t have the most kind things to say about Cam Newton.
Benjamin was the Panthers’ first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was taken No. 28 overall out of Florida State, after helping lead the Seminoles to a national championship.
His comments didn’t name Cam Newton directly, but he implied that the former MVP quarterback has serious shortcomings, and says he wishes he played with another top quarterback.
— Nick Carboni (@NickCarboniWCNC) August 4, 2018
Benjamin’s best year in Carolina was his first. In 2014, he set career highs in receptions (73), yards (1,008) and touchdowns (nine). He was traded to the Bills at mid-season last year.
Interestingly, Newton’s best season came without Benjamin available. He tore his ACL during a preseason practice in 2015. Newton went on to capture the MVP award and lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl.
Cam Newton responded to Kelvin Benjamin in a video posted to his Instagram story.
Like Benjamin’s quote earlier, he doesn’t name the wide receiver, but it is very clear who he’s talking about.
Cam Newton’s IG story seemingly addresses Kelvin Benjamin’s remarks to the Athletic:
“I ain’t gonna go back and forth with him, I’m just gonna work…” pic.twitter.com/v4BteGHsqi
— Matt Harris (@MHarrisWSOC9) August 4, 2018
“I ain’t going to go back and forth with him, I’m just going to work, you feel me? That’s all it is. You know what it is. Just work, baby!”
Benjamin’s falling out with the Panthers was not great for Newton either. The franchise has struggled to surround him with a ton of skill position talent.
The team has looked to rectify that during the NFL Draft. Last season, it spent its first two picks on Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, and took Maryland star receiver D.J. Moore with a first rounder this year.