WR Travis Benjamin - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-10, 172||Born: 12-29-1989||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2012|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Travis Benjamin's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Benjamin showed his excellent speed on an 11-yard reverse up the right side, with good blocking in front of him. He also displayed the maddening traits that have held him back from ever becoming a consistent NFL wide receiving threat. Philip Rivers floated one right over Benjamin's head and put it on his hands. The ball should have been caught for nice yardage, but Benjamin had trouble tracking the football and simply never got his hands up in time. He didn't record a catch in the game.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Benjamin was arguably the second-most involved receiver in the Los Angeles passing game, despite getting just two touches. He took a swing pass along the right sideline in the first half, catching the ball in stride out of motion from the backfield, then burst past the defender to win the angle to the side. He had a surprisingly strong run up the right side in the second half for a 6-yard gain, but that was his last touch of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, he had a step on his defender down the seam, but he was running to the inside while the ball was thrown to the outside. And on the last gasp desperation drive by the Chargers, he was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone. He had one on one coverage, but the defender made a fantastic play on the ball to snag the interception.
2018 Week 15 vs KC (3 / 2 / 57 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Benjamin has had a very uneven couple of seasons for the Chargers, but he was actually one of the big keys to victory in this one. In the first half, his only action was an end-around for 8 yards, but he slipped at the end of it before he could pick up the first down. In the second half, however, he had two enormous receptions on the team's final scoring drive - perhaps THE two key receptions of the drive. He hauled in a 31-yard gain that was thrown perfectly in stride down the seam to get the Chargers into realistic scoring range. And on arguably the biggest non-scoring play of the game, he was the recipient of a huge 26-yard reception over the middle to convert a fourth down play and get the ball inside the 10-yard line. Benjamin hadn't even come out of his break and the defender was shielding him from the ball, but Rivers put the pass precisely where it needed to be and Benjamin did an excellent job of maintaining his focus to bring it in. Benjamin had also made a key play on an earlier deep ball down the sideline. Realizing he probably wasn't going to catch the ball, he instead pulled up and waited for the defender to get his hands on the ball before hitting him to knock it away. It may not have been caught anyway since it had already kind of bounced away, but Benjamin ensured there would be no deflection catch with his heads-up play.
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Benjamin turned his lone target into an 11-yard gain on a crossing route late in the first half to try and set up a Hail Mary bomb. Instead, the Chargers got a little bit closer than anticipated and ended up kicking a 59-yard field goal before the half ended.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 44 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Benjamin was the recipient of some good luck (or poor officiating, depending on how you look at it) late in the first half. With the Chargers trailing 13-0, a lineman appeared to commit a false start penalty. The Steeler players all pointed to it, and perhaps let up a bit on the defensive end, expecting a flag that never came. Benjamin took full advantage, racing past the defense down the right sideline, where Philip Rivers lofted a perfect pass right in his hands. Benjamin hauled it in for the 46-yard touchdown to get the Chargers on the board. Aside from that long pass, Benjamin's other reception was a short swing pass that he juggled for a loss, and he had a jet sweep handoff attempt that only gained a yard.
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Even though Benjamin didn't get his hands on the ball, he was still involved in one of the big negative plays of the game. He was targeted on two deep balls where the pass was nowhere near him down the field. But on a second half pass intended for him, the defender stepped right in front and nearly took it the other way for a score. Benjamin was the one who ran him down, and actually nearly forced a fumble on the tackle.
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
The team tried getting Benjamin involved with a reverse handoff in the first half, but it went nowhere. Benjamin ran east and west much more than north and south, and the play went for a 2-yard loss. He was not targeted in the passing game.
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Benjamin's lone touch came midway through the fourth quarter on a "jet sweep" handoff attempt to the left side. Benjamin was caught behind the line and dragged down for a loss, and he had no impact on the passing game.
2018 Week 7 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Benjamin returned from his foot injury, but was way down the list in terms of passing options. He was targeted just once, a second half comeback route to his back shoulder that he grabbed for a first down.
2018 Week 4 vs SF (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Benjamin has been inactive with a foot injury the past few games; he registered just one short catch in this game before exiting after re-aggravating that same injury.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (5 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
Benjamin's afternoon opened on a positive note, going for 19 yards on a reverse handoff. And it was all downhill after that. He was targeted on a deep ball by just a bit, but Benjamin allowed the ball to bounce off of his fingertips. It was perhaps slightly overthrown, but it should have been caught and could have gone for a touchdown. He then took an inside screen for 14 yards that was negated by a block in the back on Tyrell Williams. Late in the first half, Benjamin again got wide open way past the defender. He again had to wait a bit for the ball to come down since Rivers threw the pass under duress, but it went right through Benjamin's hands and bounced off his thigh. For some reason, he kind of jumped just as the ball got to him, which seemed to throw off his rhythm. As if the first two weren't bad enough, he capped his afternoon with another dropped touchdown (this one definitely would have gone for a score since he dropped it IN the end zone). It was a perfectly-thrown bullet pass by Rivers, but he just let it go right through his hands. Benjamin does a great job of getting open in the deep secondary, but if he doesn't start hanging on to some of these passes he is going to find himself on the outside looking in at targets.
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