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WR Travis Benjamin - Cleveland Browns

5-10, 172Born: 12-29-1989College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 4

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With ball security issues in his past, Benjamin does not have a lock on the job.

Week 13: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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Recent Stats and Projections

9 at CIN 51 0 0 0 6 3 22 0 0 2.2
10 at PIT 55 1 -7 0 11 7 113 0 0 10.6
13 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 113 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)

Benjamin's first play of the game was a big one as he had a beautiful catch and run that went for 61 yards. Manziel then went back to Benjamin a few plays later in the red zone, hitting him for a six-yard gain on third down. Benjamin was brought down at the five yard line as he just wasn't quite able to get to the end zone. After that he was relatively quiet until the team's final drive of the game. Benjamin should have had a touchdown catch on that drive. He had the ball in his hands in the end zone before he simply bobbled and eventually dropped it.

2015 Week 9 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Benjamin did not have a productive game, hauling in just three passes with a long reception of just nine yards. All three of his catches came on quick slants, but he was unable to get much going after the catch. The slant will continue to be open for Benjamin this season as his defender was often giving him a cushion of eight yards or more. Manziel did miss Benjamin on a pass to the deep left which was knocked away by Adam Jones. The pass most likely would have been catchable if it was thrown lower. Benjamin was not prominently involved in the second half as the whole offense struggled.

2015 Week 8 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Benjamin was quiet in this game as he didn't make his first catch until the second quarter was half over. He saw a lot of Patrick Peterson in the game, which presumably led to the slow day. Better times should be ahead for Benjamin, but this is a good reminder that he will be seeing increased attention from the opposition's top defensive back going forward.

2015 Week 7 vs STL (8 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Benjamin saw his first target of the game in the second quarter when the Browns were in the red zone. He ran a short slant, a route which has been very productive for him this season. He keeps getting open on this route because defensive backs have to respect his speed, which forces them to give him a big cushion. Benjamin made a big catch in the second quarter which went for 21 yards on third down and eight. He could have had a bigger game as he had a 36-yard reception erased by a holding penalty on Joe Thomas. It was still a great catch, where Benjamin stopped on a dime to make the grab over Trumaine Johnson's shoulder. The play would have put the Browns around St. Louis' 20-yard line. Benjamin's day was marred by a fumble after a 13-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He took a huge shot on his way to the ground and the ball came out. Benjamin's value should hold if Manziel is behind center next week as they connected on several deep passes when Manziel played during the first two weeks of the season. Expect a decline in overall catch volume, but a higher likelihood of the two connecting on deep passes.

2015 Week 6 vs DEN (13 / 9 / 117 / 0 rec)

Benjamin continues to be the top wideout for the Browns as he dominated targets and touches yet again. His development as a receiver has been impressive as he's getting open all over the field. One good omen for his fantasy prospects in the future is that he hasn't needed to rely on deep passes for production as he did earlier in his career. He made his first catch in the second quarter on a wide receiver screen that netted the team one yard. Benjamin came back and made a nice catch for a 12-yard gain two plays later. Benjamin saw the team's first red zone target in the third quarter, but the pass was broken up by Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward. He came back and had a pair of receptions on quick slants and a 47-yard pickup where he timed his jumped perfectly to make the grab. He could have had a big gain on a slant in the fourth quarter, but the pass was thrown behind him and he had to slow down to make the grab.

2015 Week 5 vs BAL (12 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec)

Benjamin continues to make big catches all over the field for the Browns and he has quickly become one of the team's top options in the passing game. His first catch came on a comeback route on third-and-eight for a 17-yard pickup. Benjamin was overthrown on a deep target in the second quarter that would have been a big gain had the throw been more accurate. He later made two big catches at the end of the fourth quarter as time expired in regulation.

2015 Week 4 vs SD (10 / 6 / 79 / 0 rec)

Benjamin has remained involved in Cleveland's pass game, even with Johnny Manziel back on the bench. He is developing into a dependable receiver this season, showing that he's more than a just deep threat. He has become especially dangerous on shorter routes as the defense has to respect his deep speed, often giving him a 10-yard cushion to work with. Even though Benjamin and Josh McCown don't have the same deep ball chemistry, McCown has been finding Benjamin all over the field on short-to-intermediate routes. Benjamin drew a big pass interference call when the team went for it on fourth down in the first quarter, extending the drive and eventually leading to a field goal. Benjamin did see one downfield shot come his way in the second quarter, but he got tangled up with his defender and was unable to get to the ball. He made several big catches on the team's final drive of the game that led to the game-tying touchdown.

2015 Week 3 vs OAK (10 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)

enjamin drew a defensive holding call on his first target of the game, giving the Browns a first down. His quickness and speed are proving to make it difficult to catch him in the open field. In the second quarter, he made a catch two yards short of a first down, but was able to juke and sidestep would-be tacklers to earn a first down. Benjamin burned D.J. Hayden early in the third quarter and could have had a long touchdown, but Josh McCown overthrew him by about five yards. Benjamin saw an end zone target in the fourth quarter on a back-shoulder pass, but he was unable to make the catch as he bobbled it out of bounds. Benjamin was able to bring in a four-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He showed great effort to stay on his feet while two defenders attempted to bring him down before the goal line and stretched to get the ball over the goal line.

2015 Week 2 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 115 / 2 rec)

Benjamin had a great game for the Browns, scoring three touchdowns, one off of a punt return and two receiving. Benjamin roasted Cody Sensabaugh for a 60-yard touchdown reception on the offense's second play from scrimmage. Sensabaugh simply couldn't keep up with Benjamin's deep speed. Benjamin did a nice job reeling in the pass as he had to reach behind himself slightly. Benjamin is quickly turning into Johnny Manziel's favorite target, having been on the receiving end of three long touchdowns over the first two games of the season. Benjamin really put his mark on the game with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter. Considering his speed and explosiveness, it's becoming a can't-miss play whenever Benjamin returns a punt. Benjamin scored his third touchdown of the game on a 50-yard pass from Johnny Manziel. Benjamin is shaping up to be a fantasy option for as long as Manziel is under center considering the nice chemistry the two have displayed thus far, especially on deep throws

2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 89 / 1 rec)

Benjamin made a splash on his first catch of the game, burning Antonio Cromartie for a 54-yard touchdown. It is clear that Benjamin is fully recovered from his ACL injury in 2013, showing his pre-injury speed. In the second quarter, Benjamin faked an end around before reversing course back towards the sideline. He caught a swing pass from Manziel and took it all the way down to the nine-yard line.


Latest News

Browns | Shorter passes for Travis Benjamin? (Tue Nov 24, 05:41 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin averaged 7.5 more yards per reception with QB Johnny Manziel than he has with QB Josh McCown.

Our View: We're more comfortable recommending Benjamin now that McCown has been named the starter on Monday night against the Ravens. He's a WR2 with upside in Week 12.
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