"It's surreal," said former Louisiana State guard
"I'm just thankful for the opportunity. Now it's up to me and what I do with it."
"I wasn't a big believer in the combine and pro days, but it feels really good to be back to playing the game you love," Benjamin said. "It's great coming out here and getting coached up and going over the plays. We're getting used to the playbook so that when the veterans come back, we can show what we've got."
Benjamin, who helped Florida State win the national championship last season, said his transition will be helped by the similarities between what the Seminoles and the Panthers do on offense.
"When they were calling the routes, I was thinking, ‘Oh yes, I ran this,'" Benjamin said. "That allows me to come out of the cut real fast."
"I had to get my legs under me – it was kind of like I had sea legs – but after 30 minutes or so, I adapted well," Ealy said. "I'm really focusing on learning the playbook. When you know what you're doing, you can do anything out on the field."
Even with everything being thrown at him, Ealy was able to take a minute to appreciate the gravity of the moment.
"I love the atmosphere," he said. "The coaches are great, and the city is amazing. The people here are really nice.
"I had a blast – my first NFL practice."