WR Travis Benjamin - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-10, 172||Born: 12-29-1989||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 96 / 1 rec, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Benjamin had a long reception on the game's opening drive to convert a third and long, and snagged a deep ball for the Chargers last score of the day from 62 yards out.
2017 Week 16 vs NYJ (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Benjamin did not make the box score in the passing game, but logged a drop and was a target down the field on a likely interception by Philip Rivers into heavy coverage. Benjamin was stuffed on a reverse as a runner and returned a punt for a touchdown, which was called back by penalty. This was Benjamin's third time being shutout as a receiver this season.
2017 Week 15 vs KC (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Benjamin did not play a good game. He had one rushing attempt on an end-around early, and one reception late. But in between those, he went in motion and inadvertently kicked one of his own linemen, injuring him...caught a pass with a chance to pick up a first down with a quick dive upfield but instead tried running to the sideline and avoiding contact (resulting in coming up short of the marker, which set up a desperation fourth down that turned into an interception)...and failed to turn around in time on a deep ball down the seam that the defender easily jumped in front of and intercepted. If it was a failure to get open or win a jam off the line, it would be more tolerable than the mental mistakes that Benjamin seems to be making with some regularity. And it could help explain why a player with his skill set has failed to continue producing numbers as a Charger.
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Benjamin got wide open along the sideline for a 15-yard gain early on, and tacked on another 15 yards for drawing a facemask penalty. He added big yardage on an end-around later in the half with Philip Rivers leading the way as a blocker (there were no defenders to block, however). In the second half, Benjamin had a golden opportunity for a huge gain over the middle which would have gone for an easy first down and likely a lot more. But he didn't watch the ball all the way into his hands, and it went for an incompletion.
2017 Week 13 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
After a disappointing inaugural season with the team (and a few dicey moments thus far already in season 2), Benjamin has come around in recent weeks. He was the team's third-leading receiver in this game, the majority of which came on one big first half catch. Facing a third and long, he made a short catch on a quick out before turning upfield to pick up 39 and get into Cleveland territory. The play featured some excellent downfield blocking by others, but he showed he's still got the good open field speed. He had one other early grab off of a deflection along the sideline, showing nice concentration. And was near the end zone late in the first half when he caught pass near the sideline, but lost his footing to go down just inside the 5-yard line.
2017 Week 12 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Benjamin saw only three targets, but made the most of his opportunities with Mike Williams exiting early against Dallas with a knee injury and Keenan Allen having a career day in the road win. Benjamin's notable catch came as he was wide open on a deep route as Philip Rivers found him for a long gain. A throw more out in front of the speedster would have resulted in a touchdown. Benjamin's other two receptions were short-range targets as an ancillary element of the Chargers' passing game.
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Benjamin didn't have a big game, and was actually fortunate to even get the two touches he did register. The first was a 21-yard reception down the middle of the field that was almost an accidental pass. Philip Rivers was hit as he threw, but had just released the ball in time to get enough on it that it reached its destination. Soon after, Benjamin found himself in the backfield as Rivers was being swarmed by defenders. Rather than take the sack, Rivers dropped the ball into Benjamin's hands, and he alertly took off up the right sideline to turn what could have been a disastrous play into a 7-yard gain. But it did not appear to be a designed run play to him by any means.
2017 Week 10 vs JAX (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Benjamin saw three targets but had zero catches due to one drop and the other passes being either out of bounds or intercepted.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (9 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Benjamin had an interesting afternoon. While he caught the only Charger passing touchdown of the game and nearly added another (he hauled in a short crossing route that he turned into a 41-yard touchdown scamper before a dubious interference penalty wiped it off the board), he also made probably the single-biggest mistake in the game on special teams. Just a week after being named the special teams player of the week. Benjamin committed a colossal blunder. Fielding the ball inside the 10-yard line while running backwards, he continued his backward trajectory all the way into the end zone. Realizing he had put himself in a tricky spot, he attempted to come back out of the end zone, but to no avail. He was taken down for a safety, and the Patriots of course retained possession. Benjamin made another mistake late in the game when the Chargers were driving for a potentially game-tying touchdown. With no timeouts, Benjamin failed to get out of bounds on a reception over the middle, costing the team valuable seconds in exchange for the limited benefit of a few extra yards. Even the touchdown wasn't a clean play, as he briefly juggled the wide open pass in the back corner of the end zone before securing it for the score.
2017 Week 7 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 42 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Benjamin had just two offensive touches in the game, but that was more than enough to make his presence felt. After breaking loose up the seam for a 65-yard punt return touchdown in the first half, Benjamin again flashed his big play ability late in the contest. Up 14 and in control of the football, Benjamin broke loose over the middle on a quick cut. Philip Rivers hit him perfectly in stride, and Benjamin beat his man to get to the edge. He showed electric speed in turning up the sideline and simply running away from everyone for the 42-yard catch and run touchdown that all but ended the game.
2017 Week 6 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Benjamin failed to record a reception, although he was targeted on a deep ball early on. The play never had a shot to be completed, as Benjamin was being double covered on the play (and there was even a third defender in the area nearby).
2017 Week 5 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Benjamin was an ancillary element of the Chargers offense against the Giants. While using his speed to get loose on a reverse, Benjamin was held in check through the air. Benjamin's best opportunity for impact came when Benjamin gained separation deep, but Philip Rivers overthrew the speedy receiver. An accurate throw would have resulted in an easy touchdown.
2017 Week 4 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Benjamin came close to a couple of really big plays, but just couldn't quite connect with Rivers. He was on track for a deep bomb reception, but the ball was knocked away at the last moment (and nearly intercepted). There was a holding call on the Chargers anyway, which would have negated the catch. He was targeted on another deep ball down the seam on the next play, but was badly overthrown. His main contribution was a quick slant to the inside which he caught and took up the seam for a nice gain early on, but he was the clear third fiddle in the passing game behind Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams.
2017 Week 3 vs KC (8 / 5 / 105 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
It's not a huge sample size, but Benjamin had one of his best games since joining the Chargers at the beginning of the 2016 season. The Chiefs were very leery of his deep speed, which opened up a lot of the field for him on the underneath routes. But even when they had a defender guarding the deep ball, Benjamin found a way to make things happen. He hauled in a 40-yard bomb deep down the right side that was essentially a 50-50 ball. Philip Rivers simply hoisted it up for grabs and trusted Benjamin to come down with it, which he did. He made the nice adjustment that the defender failed to do, which made all the difference. Benjamin also had a touch in the run game, with an end-around going for nine yards that was sprung by a Hunter Henry block.
2017 Week 2 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Benjamin's usage was sporadic, and it showed with only one reception being the result of his performance. He was targeted early on a crossing route near the sideline, but he failed to drag his back leg to stay inbounds. He was also the target of a deep ball to the end zone that was well overthrown. It was a third down and long pass play, so Philip Rivers likely assumed that a worst-case scenario of an interception would be essentially the same as a long punt. But fortunately for fantasy owners, Benjamin made a nice "defensive" play on the ball to break it up and create an incompletion instead. Benjamin's one reception in the game was a short pass where he stopped on a dime and planted his toe to pick up the first down after a quick out route.
2017 Week 1 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
Benjamin didn't get a ton of action in the game, but he sure made his one big opportunity count. Trailing by ten late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers took over after a Denver turnover. Benjamin streaked down the left side of the field to beat the last man and Philip Rivers connected for a perfect 38-yard bomb touchdown to cut the deficit to just three. As the fourth or possibly even fifth option in the passing game, Benjamin will lack for volume in most games. But if he can convert those few opportunities into big plays, he'll stand to gain a lot more work if injuries should strike.
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