The total Panthers workforce was impacted on a number of ranges by the information that former first-round decide Kelvin Benjamin had been traded to the Bills, however no group skilled it fairly like his fellow receivers.
Here’s what among the move catchers in addition to another teammates needed to say Wednesday, the primary day of observe with out Benjamin.
On the commerce: “It surprised everyone in this building, it surprised some of the people on the coaching staff. It just shows you that as much of a game this is, it’s also a business and some decisions come from left field.”
On enjoying with Benjamin: “Kelvin Benjamin was an amazing teammate. He was guy that came in everyday and worked his butt off. It’s been an honor to see him develop and grow. Since seeing him come in the league in 2014, I’ve been a big fan of his and it was a great opportunity to be a teammate of his. He played a part in me coming here and learning some things, and helping him grow in certain aspects of his game. I think it’s similar to what they went through in 2015. Different situation, but you had a 1,000-yard receiver, very productive, go down, and others guy had to step up and take the reins. I think we’ll be asking guys to expand their roles and do things we haven’t asked them to do this year. I think it’ll be a great situation for a lot of us young guys.”
On placing commerce within the rearview mirror and the Falcons on the entrance burner: “You have to. You have to respect the decision of the people upstairs. You have to respect the decision of the coaching staff. You just have to do your part to make the most of opportunities when they come your way knowing we had a guy that was very productive and a big part of the offense isn’t going to be here anymore. At the end of the day, you can’t really ponder on it or worry about it too much. You just have to do your part to make the best of the situation.”
WR Curtis Samuel
On how the commerce adjustments his position: “I just have to be mentally ready and go out there and make plays. They are depending on me more, and I need to step up. I just need to follow everyone else and do the right things – practice with the right attitude.”
On what the workforce can do with out Benjamin: “We’re going to have the same approach and not having another 6-foot-5 guy, we have more speed. Giving more people a chance to get out there make plays is what it’s about.”
On stretching the sphere much more: “That trade doesn’t do anything to me mentality because I already had that mindset that I was starting even when I wasn’t. I feel like I was doing that even when he was here.”
On his consolation stage with the playbook having rejoined the workforce simply final week: “I’m comfortable. There’s still a couple of things, but it’s not too major or anything that would throw me off. I probably retained 80 percent of the playbook and I’m confident, ready to play.”
On stretching the sphere like he did within the preseason: “That is what I’m known for, but I want to become a complete receiver, not just going deep and catching the ball. That’s probably my MO – going deep, taking the top off the defense – but whatever helps us win games.”
On transferring towards presumably coming off injured reserve: “It felt good to finally be out there. It’s really been a few weeks laying low having a broken arm and me rehabbing is really just me waiting it out. It was good to be out there. Hopefully they will be able to bring me off IR. They’ve been speaking as if it’s a strong possibility, so I’ll just wait and see how the next few weeks shake out.”
On offering the workforce with a deep menace: “Yeah, I think any time deep threat comes into the category, I think I fit into that perfectly. That’s exactly what my strong suit is, and hopefully I’m able to get off IR and come in and help this team win.”
On if this can be a message to the locker room: “I don’t know. Personally, the whole lot is a message. If you’re not producing or are part of one thing have been doing as a workforce, you possibly can be gone at any second.
“We can sit here and cry about it and say we don’t understand it as players, but that’s not going to do anything. We’ve got games to win. Atlanta is coming in here hungry and ready to play.”
On how the veterans see this: “First, it’s enterprise. We can’t be upset; we will’t let it have an effect on the subsequent day. We had a Wednesday observe at this time and we did fairly good on the market. My message as a veteran participant to the youthful guys is that there’s a spot open. Are you going to take a seat there and dwell on it or go on the market and make the most of a chance? I take advantage of an instance of myself. Unfortunately, it got here off the eve of Greg (Olsen) being damage, however that you must make the most of the chance. Everything occurs for a motive.”
On the enterprise of soccer: “I used to be round once they reduce Peyton Manning. I used to be on the identical workforce once they reduce Champ Bailey. So nothing surprises me anymore. It’s simply enterprise. We’ll by no means know causes behind a variety of strikes which are made, whether or not it’s right here, San Francisco, Cleveland. That’s why I simply come to work. I’m glad my key labored once I obtained right here and I used to be in a position to come right here and observe at this time and I’ll be enjoying on Sunday.”
On the workforce leaning on him and the remaining receivers: “Definitely, it’s a team game, and I think our whole offense is going to have to step up, which is great because I think our team is ready for it.”