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June 12, 2014

Cam Newton continues to bond with Kelvin Benjamin

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hasn't been able to throw much to rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, but it hasn't stopped the two from spending time together in the weeks since the Panthers drafted Benjamin in the first round.

Newton invited Benjamin to Georgia over Memorial Day weekend, when the two went boating on Lake Lanier outside Atlanta. At an NFL Play 60 event Thursday at the Panthers' practice fields, Benjamin said he was scheduled to join Newton for dinner Thursday night.

Newton, who is recovering from March ankle surgery, was close with former Panthers receiver Louis Murphy, Newton's teammate at Florida.

But Newton generally hasn't done a lot away from Bank of America Stadium with teammates, so his bonding with Benjamin is worth noting.

"I think that's big," Benjamin said. "The connection between a wide receiver and a quarterback is real big. It's like a relationship, like girlfriend-boyfriend. He's a great guy, great teammate. He's always telling me I can work on this to get better. That's what I need -- somebody to push me."

Newton, who has given Benjamin the nickname 'Benji,' joked that one negative about Benjamin is his former school.

"He always finds a way to mention Florida State, and that's the bad," Newton said.

In his final game with the Seminoles, Benjamin caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Jameis Winston in the BCS title game against Auburn, which Newton led to the 2010 national championship.

Other than Benjamin's FSU background, Newton apparently has found a lot of common ground with the player the Panthers hope will be his No. 1 receiver for years to come.

"It's nothing for us to go get anything to eat. It's nothing for us to hang out and talk about life issues, as well as on the field issues, as well," Newton said this week. "We're here together. We're teammates now. But our relationship goes farther than the field, and that's very good for us."

--Joseph Person

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Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton (1) walks beside rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) as Benjamin answers a reporter's questions following an NFL football organized team activity in May. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Posted by Observer Sports on June 12, 2014 at 06:07 PM | Permalink

Comments

Hope you two tear it up .then maybe all them critics will shut up

Posted by: Rot | Jun 12, 2014 6:23:16 PM

May their relationship blossom into something great. So happy for these kids.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 12, 2014 6:28:29 PM

It would have been a lot more better if Cam have invited the whole WR & QB corps. Now that is leadership to the nth degree.. No favoritism.... #KeepPounding !!!!!

Posted by: Jojo Cipriano | Jun 12, 2014 6:54:10 PM

And if we can get Ryan Kalil to do the same with the OL players ie will be awesome...

Posted by: Jojo Cipriano | Jun 12, 2014 6:55:45 PM

I agree,everybody needs to bond together .

Posted by: Jr | Jun 12, 2014 9:47:25 PM

everybody should be family that's the only way to bond offense is a unit and there is no one man show protecting one another

Posted by: dmac | Jun 12, 2014 10:34:59 PM

Quit Ur bitchin and buy Ur own supper pussy

Posted by: Eric eazye beck | Jun 12, 2014 10:52:06 PM

bonding is overrated

Posted by: Ned | Jun 13, 2014 12:37:25 AM

This is good to see because for the next four years these two are going to bound together.
They will share successes and failures.
I would however have like to see a couple of other brought along too; like Olsen, Avant, and B.Williams.

Posted by: CharlesJ | Jun 13, 2014 8:39:30 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 13, 2014 8:42:19 AM

Cam & Kelvin...now thats a tag-team.

Posted by: Chaz Atlas | Jun 13, 2014 10:29:10 AM

I love this guy. I'm glad Cam has a new on the field Man-Friend.

Posted by: Smitty | Jun 13, 2014 10:43:14 AM

they may make a buddy cop movie in the off season.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 13, 2014 10:47:19 AM

Mark my words. KB "Benji" will break the rookie receiving records this year. He will be like cam newton of WR's in his rookie season. This guy will be a beast.

Posted by: Kelly Tripuka | Jun 13, 2014 12:46:46 PM

Awesome! They probably play Madden together too, which is awesome. Anything that helps build rapport and also helps gain experience in the game is good.

Posted by: Joshua David La Russa | Jun 13, 2014 2:07:00 PM

Cam makes our "big receiver" look like a kid

Benjamin better not talk back cause Cam will slap him

Posted by: I am your father | Jun 16, 2014 8:07:01 AM

Cam is a beast kb you gonna have your hands full don't talk junk! !!

Posted by: packman.jack | Jun 16, 2014 12:26:29 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 17, 2014 10:25:05 AM

Check out my combine video on youtube. Panthers should give me a chance.

Posted by: John Downing | Jun 17, 2014 11:00:09 AM

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