WR Travis Benjamin - San Diego Chargers
|5-10, 172||Born: 12-29-1989||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4|
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General News (Thu Feb 4): said he could get a deal done with the Browns before March. Furthermore, he spoke with new head coach Hue Jackson, who said he loves Benjamin's skill set and that 2016 will hopefully be a great season for the Browns.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs PIT (11 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Benjamin saw a few deep targets against Pittsburgh, but did all of his damage on short and intermediate routes. His first catch came on a short swing pass and his second one came on a short slant. One of the deep targets that Benjamin saw came in the first quarter, but his defender was penalized for illegal contact. Later in the quarter he saw a red zone target but he dropped the pass. The play would have put the Browns around the five yard line. Toward the end of the first half, he saw a second red zone target but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. He was open on a slant route, but a waiting safety would have prevented him from crossing the goal line. At the end of the second quarter, he saw an end zone target but the pass was thrown poorly and was uncatchable. Benjamin did see another deep pass in the fourth quarter which was overthrown.
2015 Week 16 vs KC (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Benjamin was quiet, but all of the pass catchers suffered as Johnny Manziel completed only 13 passes against the Chiefs. He was shaken up after making his first catch, an eight-yard slant in the third quarter, but he returned to the field shortly thereafter. Benjamin and Manziel had an apparent miscommunication on a deep shot in the end zone in the fourth quarter. The pass was thrown to the right corner of the end zone, but Benjamin had broken his route inside.
2015 Week 15 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Benjamin was heavily involved on the team's first drive of the game and then disappeared. The Browns ran Benjamin on a reverse on a well-designed play. It appeared to be a Manziel bootleg to the right before he pitched the ball to Benjamin heading back towards the left side of the field. The play went for nine yards. Manziel went right back to Benjamin on a wide receiver screen which Benjamin did a good job of slicing his way through the defense for another nine yards. Benjamin was very quiet in the second half of the game as he saw a lot of coverage from Richard Sherman. Over the past few games the Browns have gone away from taking the deep shots to Benjamin that were helping his fantasy value
2015 Week 14 vs SF (7 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Benjamin didn't play a major role in the game, making just four catches, all of which came in the first half. Benjamin failed to deliver any of the big plays he's been known to make, but the Johnny Manziel didn't take any deep shots. Benjamin clearly took a backseat to Brian Hartline in the passing game as Hartline was Manziel's primary target. Benjamin was open on a post route in the second quarter, but Manziel missed him on what would have gone for a big gain and he later dropped a pass that was in his hands in the third quarter. He should see a bigger role going forward with Hartline being lost for the remainder of the season.
2015 Week 13 vs CIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Benjamin had a quiet game, making no catches and suffering a shoulder injury at the end of the first quarter. He was unable to reel in his first target of the game. His second target was thrown high and he was close to making a highlight-reel catch but couldn't hold on to the football. It remains to be seen whether the shoulder injury is severe or not.
2015 Week 12 vs BAL (13 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Benjamin saw the same type of usage that he did the last time Josh McCown was under center. This included multiple short completions on screens and slants. He picked up 10 yards on a reverse where he went in motion right before the snap, showing his speed in outrunning the defense. The wide receiver reverse to Benjamin is not a play that the Browns have used very often this year but could be effective in small doses. He saw another screen pass on his next touch from Baltimore's 20-yard line. He later saw two looks on end zone targets on the team's final drive of the second quarter. Josh McCown was hit as he threw the ball on the first target and the pass fell short. On the second attempt, McCown overthrew Benjamin at the back of the end zone. He did drop a screen in the third quarter as he tried to start running before securing the ball. Benjamin saw a deep target from McCown down the right sideline, but was unable to make the catch. There was a lot of contact between him and the defender around Baltimore's two-yard line and it's questionable whether he would have been able to make the catch. He hooked up with Austin Davis on a 42-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, flashing some of his long speed. He blew past the Baltimore secondary right down the middle of the field for the easy score. Benjamin is a safe fantasy receiver as the team manufactures touches for him on short passes no matter who is playing quarterback.
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.
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