CHARLOTTE – Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin made his OTA debut Thursday, his first organized practice since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament during last year's training camp.
As expected, Benjamin participated in individual drills and was held out of 11-on-11 periods.
"We have time – so why rush it?" Benjamin said back in April at the start of offseason conditioning. "I am coming back off an injury, so I just want to get back out there and get the pace of the offense again and get real comfortable with the plays. They did a lot of things different last year than my first year. I just want to get back out and get into the offense."
Defensive tackle Paul Soliai and kicker Graham Gano – the other two absentees on the first day of OTAs – took part in Wednesday's practice. All 90 players on the roster have now participated in one of Carolina's voluntary practices.
The Panthers return to the practice field for the second week of OTAs next Tuesday.