Bills trade picks to Panthers for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin watches against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit Sunday Oct. 8 2017

But if Benjamin's not 100%, the Panthers get to wiggle out of the fifth-year option they inked him to and get a third-rounder (and a meaningless seventh-rounder) out of this. Benjamin made 32 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns in eight games for the Panthers this season.

Buffalo later confirmed the trade.

McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator prior to this year, his first in Buffalo, so has a good idea of what he's getting in the big-bodied receiver. The team's wide receivers have combined for 45 receptions, 594 yards and five touchdowns through seven games. The Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams before the season and brought in Jordan Matthews from the Eagles, but Matthews hasn't looked like a No. 1 receiver.

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Buffalo is 5-2 and preparing to play at the New York Jets on Thursday night. Benjamin rebounded from his injury to register a 60-catch and 900-yard season a year ago.

Benjamin missed the 2015 season with a torn ACL.

Without Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen not expected back from a surgically repaired foot for another month, Cam Newton is left without two risky weapons in his receiving corps. The idea of Russell Shepard or Curtis Samuel stepping into the starting lineup alongside a still-unproven Funchess can't make Newton all that happy. Clearly Carolina felt he was expendable, which could also be a sign that tight end Greg Olsen is returning soon.

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