by: STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)strong>
(AP) — Kelvin Benjamin is confident he can become the Panthers' new No. 1 receiver.
He's just isn't sure how long it will take.
A humble and soft-spoken Benjamin said Friday during an introductory press conference at the team's stadium, "I think I can in due time."
But the 28th overall pick in the NFL draft was quick to add, "I have to put the work in — and that's what I plan on doing."
Benjamin has big shoes to fill.
The Panthers recently parted ways with Steve Smith, their go-to receiver for the better part of 13 seasons. Smith holds franchise records in just about every receiving category.
Benjamin says the key to taking the next step will be improving his route running, specifically "getting in and out of my breaks."