WR Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers
HT: 5-10, WT: 172, Born: 12-29-1989, College: Miami (FL), Drafted: Round 4
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Travis Benjamin was selected by Cleveland in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the hopes that he could develop into a field-stretching vertical threat and effective weapon from the slot position. He was used sparingly in 2012 but did haul in a 69-yard touchdown catch in Week 15. Benjamin will have a big-time camp battle on his hands for the top slot receiver spot as the team also acquired former Cincinnati Bengal Andrew Hawkins, a veteran who has proven that he knows how to operate from the slot.
|1||at Arizona Cardinals|
|3||at Buffalo Bills|
|5||New York Jets|
|6||at Oakland Raiders|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs|
|8||at Denver Broncos|
|9||at Miami Dolphins|
|12||St. Louis Rams|
|13||at Baltimore Ravens|
|14||New England Patriots|
|16||at San Francisco 49ers|
|17||at Kansas City Chiefs|
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - While Travis Benjamin can be an electric player on punt returns, one can question his skills as a wide receiver. On Brandon Weeden's first interception, Benjamin was unable to fight with cornerback Nolan Carroll for the ball. He looked completely manhandled. Benjamin dropped two passes, looking frustrated and seemingly without concentration. The only positive that came out of Benjamin's performance was 20-yard reception on a catch and run where Benjamin made a defender miss while turning from a hitch route. Benjamin is at his best when he can sneak past a defense as a fourth or fifth receiver. He looked out of place on Sunday.
Week 2 - Benjamin's only look came on a hitch/comeback route in the first quarter. Benjamin made a nice athletic jumping play to catch the ball, and was able to elude a defender on his way to 22 yards. Benjamin disappeared for the rest of the game, further cementing his strictly complementary role on a team without many receiving options.
Week 4 - Travis Benjamin's only catch was a 39-yard screen on the Browns' second drive. Benjamin caught the ball and had a wall of blockers in front of him that plowed a path for Benjamin to display his speed and quickness. Benjamin continues to be a gimmick player, as his only tool as a receiver at this point in his career is his open-field speed. With Brian Hoyer at quarterback, one could conceivably see more opportunities for Travis Benjamin in the future.
Week 5 - While Benjamin lacks skill as a wide receiver, he is FAST. Benjamin set the Browns record for punt return yards in a game with 179 on seven returns, and added one of the most amazing punt return touchdowns I have ever seen to his great night. Benjamin is alert and decisive when he receives the ball, and uses his blazing speed to wreck havoc on coverage teams. Benjamin is easily one of the most explosive return men in the league, and it is only a matter of time before he is utilized in the kick return game. If Travis Benjamin isn't owned in your return yardage format league, now is the time to buy.
Week 6 - On his only touch of the game, Travis Benjamin exploded for a 45 yard run on a misdirection reverse. Benjamin swung wide to the near side of the field and blew past the Lions defense with dazzling speed. Benjamin set up his blockers well, cutting to the inside when confronted with Josh Gordon's block near the sideline. Benjamin continues to be a gimmick player in the Browns offense, and it still remains to be seen whether he will shoulder the Browns' kick return duties. However, good things happen when the Browns get Travis Benjamin the ball in space.
Week 7 - Benjamin made an impact on special teams again, but his speed is not utilized often enough in the offense for him to be relevant in fantasy leagues.