WR Kelvin Benjamin - Buffalo Bills
|6-5, 240||Born: 2-5-1991||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 28|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Benjamin avoided ligament damage when he left Week 11's game, but the quarterback situation with his new team is an issue and we won't be able to trust him until he goes off on our bench.
General News (Thu Nov 23): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Nov 21): WR Travis Benjamin partially participated in Monday's practice.
General News (Mon Nov 20): was knocked out of the game against the Chargers. Benjamin did not suffer ligament damage to his knee in Week 11, but he is still undergoing further evaluation, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, Tyrod Taylor has been reinstalled as the Bills' starter. It took a truly disastrous showing from rookie Nathan Peterman - just 4.71 yards per attempt and 5 interceptions - for coach Sean McDermott to realize the folly of replacing Taylor, a marginal but effective passer, for a late-round rookie on a hunch. Taylor isn't a dynamic passer, nor a particularly efficient one, but he's the clear-cut best choice here in 2017. He mostly avoids turnovers, and he already carries rapport with most his weapons, namely LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and rookie wideout Zay Jones. (New addition Kelvin Benjamin may be set to lose time to a knee injury.) We can expect more of the same - a modest 6.60 yards per attempt and 3.9% touchdown rate, yet difference-making rushing totals - going forward, albeit with a shorter leash. The Kansas City pass defense, a major sore spot through the season's early going, has enjoyed a noticeable boost over the last three weeks. Still, the successes have come against a handful of bottom-tier passing games, and they haven't been enough to keep them from the league's bottom five in yardage allowed. Aside from All-Pro Marcus Peters, the cornerbacks have been atrocious in coverage, and opposing wideouts have caught a league-high 15 touchdowns against them. Buffalo lacks the firepower to truly best this defense, but if Tyrod Taylor throws with any real volume Sunday, his ceiling is definitely elevated.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Benjamin injured his knee early in the first quarter, absorbing a helmet shot after a slant route reception. Early reports are there is no ligament damage to Benjamin's knee, but the projected missed time is still a variable after Week 11. Deonte Thompson and Zay Jones notably moved up on the depth chart for the rest of the game in Benjamin's absence.
2017 Week 10 vs NO (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Benjamin was involved early in the game, with the first three targets of the game, including an overthrow by Tyrod Taylor into the back of the end zone on a red zone target. Benjamin ran a diverse route tree, including inbreaking routes, vertical routes, and outbreaking routes, despite only being with the team for less than two weeks. Benjamin had a drop, and had another ball thrown behind him go off his hands. Two of his three catches on the day were in garbage time from Nathan Peterman.
2017 Week 8 vs TB (7 / 3 / 39 / 1 rec)
Kelvin Benjamin struggled to establish any momentum in this contest, as a stuttering passing attack was propped up by a stymieing defense. Cam Newton continued to pepper Benjamin with deep passes, but the targets were scattershot accuracy-wise and gave the receiver no realistic chance to make the catch. Benjamin was targeted twice at the goal line; one resulted in a pass breakup, while the other saw the towering receiver trip over in an inauspicious moment for the offense that could have resulted in a pick six. Benjamin redeemed himself with a touchdown catch that sealed the game, boxing out a defensive back in the end zone to allow Newton to loft up a deep pass to him. With no safety help for the cornerback, it was like taking candy from a baby.
2017 Week 7 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the Carolina pass catchers, Kelvin Benjamin was held back by an offensive line that was completely overmatched. Cam Newton, when he wasn't getting pulverised in the pocket, was unable to wait for longer routes to develop. As such, Benjamin's nous on the shorter patterns was crucial. He made a great adjustment to a low pass on a 3rd and long to get the first Panthers possession kick started, and hooked up again with Newton soon after on a shallow crossing route. All looked to be in rhythm ñ even after an unfortunate fumble recovery touchdown ñ until Newton fired a quick slant into a well-covered Benjamin. The big receiver failed to gain separation on the route, and the cornerback popped the ball out at the catch point, sending it flying into the air ñ and landing in the arms of a Bears safety. The play resulted in another return touchdown and put the Panthers in a hole. Benjamin was unable to establish anything in the second half as the entire offense sputtered.
2017 Week 6 vs PHI (13 / 9 / 99 / 0 rec)
The apple of Cam Newton's eye against a stout Eagles defense was undoubtedly Kelvin Benjamin, who was peppered with passes throughout. With the Eagles playing a lot of single high coverage, the cornerbacks often dropped their depth to about eight to 10 yards at the snap, giving Benjamin plenty of room to work with. Newton continued to exploit that by firing Benjamin quick passes on out routes and slants. Benjamin was able to adjust magnificently to a couple of off target throws, rising high over the middle and absorbing hits, but showing a willingness to fight for extra yards after the catch. Benjamin could have easily scored a touchdown on a red zone target. The play was a back shoulder fade, but Newton's pass was too far inside and allowed the defensive back to bat the ball away at the catch point. The passing game spluttered as the pressure on Newton steadily built, and Benjamin suffered for it. Still, it was his skill set that formed the foundation for the Panthers offense on this day.
2017 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 4 / 58 / 1 rec)
Ed Dickson may have taken up most of the Panthers passing pie against the Lions in terms of yardage, but Kelvin Benjamin made his presence felt as well. An early red zone target on a fade to the left corner was broken up by a pair of Lions as they seemed to read Cam Newton's intentions from the snap. Benjamin showed his typical strength and gritty perseverance on short routes, refusing to go down easily. A drop on a simple slant route was followed not long after by a beautiful touchdown catch. Lined up outside left, Benjamin established position with a stab inside at the stem before breaking outside and getting position on the defensive back. With a six-inch height advantage, Newton's high pass allowed Benjamin to grab it above his head, but the receiver did well to get both feet down and maintain control as he tumbled to the turf. Benjamin's most crucial catch came on third down with the game in the balance ñ a first down would end the game for Carolina. Benjamin was physical at the snap and got inside leverage on the defensive back, catching a zipped Newton pass on a slant route.
2017 Week 4 vs NE (4 / 4 / 104 / 0 rec)
Showing little ill effects from a potentially scary knee injury that deprived him of some practice reps this week, Kelvin Benjamin settled into this game slowly but effectively. With the Panthers passing attack clicking, Benjamin connected with his quarterback on some beautiful inside-breaking patterns, displaying outstanding timing and executing with his route-running. Benjamin overpowered the Patriots cornerbacks within the first five yards at times. On other occasions, he didn't need to as the Patriots defensive backs made mental errors to leave him wide open down the left sideline. Benjamin trucked down the hash mark, but was tackled short of the goal line. It was Devin Funchess who cashed in with touchdowns on this day, but Benjamin's presence provided some explosive downfield plays for the Panthers, albeit in large part thanks to a generous Patriots defense.
2017 Week 3 vs NO (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
In what could be another critical blow to the Panthers' flagging offense, Kelvin Benjamin was forced to leave the game with a knee injury. It occurred on a simple dig route as a defender tackled Benjamin from behind, forcing him to the ground and bending his knee back awkwardly. He did not return to the game.
2017 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
The apple of Cam Newton's eye, Kelvin Benjamin victimised Buffalo defensive backs at times as he used his brawn and strength to get open. Benjamin consistently won in contested catch situations and bullied defensive backs at the stem of his route, boxing them out to give his quarterback easy throws. Benjamin looked strong after the catch, dragging tacklers and refusing to go down on first contact. He was unlucky to have the ball jarred loose on an early red zone target; the defensive back drilled him in the back just as he was securing the football in two hands. He used his veteran savvy to exploit holes in the Buffalo zone at times, with Newton obliging. A second red zone target resulted in defensive pass interference, with the defensive back blocking Benjamin's route. The passing game went through Benjamin all day.
2017 Week 1 vs SF (5 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
A lack of rhythm in the passing game had a direct effect on Kelvin Benjamin in the early stages. Always a trusted target of his quarterback, Benjamin found it tough to establish any kind of separation against a well marshalled 49ers defense. Cam Newton was almost baited into an interception on a quick slant to Benjamin. Linebacker Reuben Foster read the quarterback's intentions and buzzed underneath the throw, but was unable to come up with it. The Panthers continued to line Benjamin up in stacked alignments to avoid him facing press coverage, but this did not have the desired impact. Subsequent targets on a shallow crossing route and on a sideline pattern were both incomplete. Newton finally let loose and targeted Benjamin on a deep pattern, but an excellent interception by a 49ers safety put paid to any potential big play. The ball was slightly underthrown, forcing Benjamin to reach back for it. The big receiver made a nice catch on a skinny post route late in the game, but this will be a clash he remembers more for missed opportunities than anything else.
Latest NewsBills | No practice for Kelvin Benjamin (Thu Nov 23, 04:38 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 23. Our View: We don't see him playing this week, and even if he does we aren't sure we trust him this week. We need to see him perform before trusting him which means he will probably be on our bench when he does the first time.
link to story Bills | Wednesday's practice report for Buffalo (Wed Nov 22, 05:55 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), OT Dion Dawkins (illness), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle) and OG John Miller (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. TE Charles Clay (knee), PK Stephen Hauschka (hip), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), WR Deonte Thompson (ankle) and FB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) were limited in practice, while WR Andre Holmes (ankle) and S Micah Hyde (knee) practiced in full. link to story Bills | Kelvin Benjamin in question for Week 12 (Wed Nov 22, 09:57 AM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is day to day with a knee injury, and head coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal when asked if Benjamin would play this week. He won't practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. Our View: It's early in the week of practice, but signs are pointing to Benjamin perhaps missing this game against the Chiefs. Monitor his practice status as the week goes on.
link to story Bills | Kelvin Benjamin avoids serious injury (Mon Nov 20, 01:30 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not suffer ligament damage to his knee in Week 11, but he is still undergoing further evaluation, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Our View: The Bills offense was a disaster against the Chargers, and having Benjamin knocked out of this game didn't help. We'll watch his status during the week of practice and also see if Tyrod Taylor is going to get his starting job back after rookie Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions on Sunday.
link to story Bills | Kelvin Benjamin carted off (Sun Nov 19, 04:51 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was carted off in the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter due to a knee injury and he will not return. Our View: The Bills also don't have Jordan Matthews today. It's going to be long first start for Nathan Peterman.
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