WR Travis Benjamin - San Francisco 49ers
|5-10, 172||Born: 12-29-1989||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4, pick 100 (2012)|
2019 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Even with Mike Williams leaving the game early due to injury, Benjamin didn't see a whole lot of looks. He rarely gets targets that are consistent enough to provide fantasy value, and this game was no different. He was unable to shake loose for anything deep downfield (his specialty), although he did have a step on his defender late on a deep out and was way overthrown by Philip Rivers.
2019 Week 5 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Benjamin saw just two targets all game, one of which resulted in a nice leaping grab along the sideline for his longest reception of the year, a gain of thirteen yards.
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (4 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Benjamin got two red zone targets, but one took him out of bounds in the end zone and the other saw him stopped short of the end zone. He had a deep target that was off line and dropped another short target on a forgettable night for the whole team.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 7 / 32 / 0 rec)
Benjamin looks to absorb some of the targets left with the Allen injury and brought in 7 catches for 32 yards on the day. Benjamin possesses breakaway speed, but was used mainly in short and quick hit plays this afternoon. Benjamin led the team in targets with 8 and will need to step up for the Chargers going forward.
2016 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 6 / 115 / 2 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Benjamin took the torch as the Chargers key passing target after Allen and Woodhead were lost. He was used as both a deep threat (where he torched the Jags), an intermediate threat (where he torched the Jags), and as a player the Chargers designed space for in the red zone, resulting in a TD. The Chargers utilization of him in so many ways, and his perfect execution in these roles, should make many optimistic for his future.
2016 Week 3 vs IND (7 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)
With the Week 1 injury to Keenan Allen, Benjamin was in line to see some more work. With the Week 2 injury to Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates missing from the Week 3 lineup, Benjamin stood to gain a lot as really the only experienced receiver in the San Diego stable. Instead of a big game, however, he didn't see his first reception until about three minutes remained in the first half. They had tried to get him the ball earlier on a fade pattern in the end zone, but offensive holding would have negated it even if he had managed to bring in the pass. In the second half, Benjamin dropped a would-be first down on a pass that should have gone for an easy first down. He got past the defender, but was unable to look the ball all the way in as it went almost directly over his head. Soon after, he muffed a punt return that nearly cost them the game on the spot. A 43-yard bomb reception down the sideline to set up a first and goal salvaged his fantasy afternoon, but there was a lot more negative than positive (including fellow wide receiver Tyrell Williams out-targeting him 9-7). Lastly, Benjamin allowed a huge third down pass bounce off his fingertips on a crossing route late in the contest. He'll need to play with a bit more consistency and urgency if he wants to hold off Williams as the team's de facto number one option in the passing game.
2016 Week 4 vs NO (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Some observers felt that the injury to Keenan Allen would open up Benjamin as the team's go-to wide receiver, but that hasn't quite materialized. His targets are there, but they are kind of infrequent thus far. He had a nice 25-yard catch up the right side after crossing the middle as his defender trailed him horribly. His speed allows him to get by the defense, but there aren't many other known weapons in the passing game to take a lot of pressure off of him. He was a big deep threat with the Browns a year ago, but hasn't seen a lot of deep looks to this point. On one such pass in this game, Rivers tried to hit him with a deep bomb down the right sideline, but the coverage was very tight and there wasn't much chance of completing the pass. Late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers just trying to run out the clock, Benjamin made a short catch over the middle. He tried to turn upfield and simply dropped the ball untouched for a fumble, which was recovered by the Saints. It was the Chargers' second straight fumble in as many plays, and helped contribute to yet another fourth quarter collapse and loss - the third time they've lost a game this season that they led at the 2:00 mark of the fourth quarter.
2016 Week 5 vs OAK (11 / 7 / 117 / 0 rec)
Benjamin teamed up with Tyrell Williams in this game as sort of a tag-team duo to pick apart the Oakland secondary all afternoon. He started off the game with a beautiful catch and run up the right sideline, showing an incredible speed burst that nobody was able to cut off despite multiple players seemingly having the angle on him. He was targeted on another deep ball down the seam and had a chance to bring it in actually, but the defense was very tight and it may have been deflected just before the ball reached his hands. Opening the second half, he was again targeted down the seam with multiple defenders in the area. This one bounced off his hands at the last moment too, again with defenders all over the area. He showed incredible speed though because watching live, it didn't seem like he had a chance to run it down at all. He added a catch late in the game on a little bit of a trick play where Melvin Gordon flipped it back to Rivers, who was going to go deep down the field. But he checked it down to Benjamin, who had come all the way across the field to pick up 23 yards. Clearly, the Chargers made a concerted effort to connect on some deep attempts in this game, which bodes well for Benjamin's playing style moving forward.
2016 Week 6 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Benjamin was almost invisible for stretches of the game, though if it hadn't been for a pass interference against him he might have salvaged his fantasy performance for his owners. He had a handful of short receptions early on, and came close to bringing in a tough target deep down the left sideline that featured some excellent defense. But it was the play late in the game when he beat Aqib Talib for a deep stop and go double move on a third down and long. As he ran by Talib, the star cornerback reached out and grabbed Benjamin so that he couldn't complete the pass. It was an obvious penalty and did produce a first down, but if Benjamin hadn't been grabbed and instead managed to make the catch, it likely would have gone for a long touchdown. The major blemish on Benjamin's night was late in the first half when he waved everyone away from a punt return. He failed to take his own advice, however, as he got too close to the ball and allowed it to bounce off of his leg for a muff/Broncos recovery. That led to a field goal, and Dexter McCluster replaced Benjamin on the ensuing punt return.
2016 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Despite seemingly ceding the top receiving option mantle to Tyrell Williams, Benjamin has continued to produce as a solid second option in the team's passing game. At times, Benjamin seems like the fastest guy on the field and no defender is capable of staying with him. Rather than attacking teams down the field with this straight line speed, the Chargers have opted to utilize him on a multitude of crossing routes. On nearly all of his receptions, there were defenders trailing in his wake. He was only targeted once in the end zone, as Rivers attempted to squeeze a pass in there with multiple defenders surrounding him. His speed enabled him to get a finger on the pass, but nothing more. The Charger coaches tried a bit of trickery early in the first half, when Benjamin took an end-around and dropped back to pass. He had loads of time, and double clutched before eventually firing a bullet pass to the sideline for Tyrell Williams. It was initially ruled a catch, but replays showed that Williams clearly had one foot out of bounds when he caught it.
2016 Week 8 vs DEN (9 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec)
Benjamin was having a pretty quiet game, not doing much of note through the first 2+ quarters. He had a couple of short catches, and one long target down the seam that was well overthrown as well as well-covered, but nothing really memorable. But with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Benjamin turned in one of the most spectacular touchdown grabs of the 2016 season. The ball was thrown a bit behind him, so he leapt and contorted his body to deflect the pass with his outstretched arm. As his body twisted to the ground, he somehow managed to knock it off his hand and then shoulder pad before corralling it against his body. Just as incredibly, he somehow got both feet down inbounds and maintained possession as he fell to the ground for the score. It will surely show up on many highlight reels.
2016 Week 9 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Benjamin wasn't even a lock to play in this game, and it showed. He had one catch early for a minimal gain, and the majority of the passing game ran through Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, and Antonio Gates the rest of the way after that as Benjamin was gone from the offense.
2016 Week 12 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Benjamin returned from injury, but was way down the pecking order in terms of being a focal point of the offense. Everything ran through Tyrell Williams, and even the one deep shot the Chargers connected on went to Dontrelle Inman rather than Benjamin. They did target Benjamin down the field once, but the coverage was good and it never really had a chance. The one catch he did have was a designed screen early on. His acceleration looked pretty good from a standstill to top speed, but he was caught from behind by a defender who had a full head of steam behind him.
2016 Week 13 vs TB (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Benjamin looked pretty good on his two receptions, one of which went for a nice gain up the left sideline to bail out Philip Rivers who was under heavy duress. But it was the ball he did NOT bring in that was much more impactful. He had beaten his man deep downfield and should have easily caught the bomb from Philip Rivers, but he let the ball bounce off his fingertips. The ball was thrown right where it had to be and could have gone for a 79-yard score if he had been able to haul it in. Even if he didn't score, it was an easy 40-yard catch on the spot, with a lot of room to run afterwards.
2016 Week 14 vs CAR (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Benjamin has really struggled to maintain any semblance of momentum or rhythm since his injury several weeks ago. He didn't even register an official reception in this game, either. He finally saw a target late in the first half on a crossing route, but the ball was thrown well behind him. It was a pass he could have caught, but it's tough to know who to put more of the blame on. It was that kind of a day for the entire San Diego offense. They tried using him on an end-around in the second half, but that didn't go anywhere either as he was unable to turn the corner. Finally, he did see a deep ball target late in the game in triple coverage. But that one had no real chance of being completed either.
2016 Week 15 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 56 / 1 rec)
Benjamin has been extremely underwhelming in his first year in San Diego. But he flashed some of that big play ability he was brought in for when he hooked up with Philip Rivers on a 47-yard bomb for an early touchdown. Benjamin was so wide open that he actually had a little bit of time to slow down and wait for the ball to come to him, and then STILL had enough time to outrun the defender the rest of the way. It showed just how badly he had beaten his man on the play. He only caught one pass aside from that, a crossing route where he beat his man to the edge to pick up a first down. With Tyrell Williams being placed in the concussion protocol after the game, Benjamin may be in line for a bigger workload in next week's game.
2016 Week 16 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec)
Benjamin has had a very quiet campaign, considering what the Chargers expected from him when they brought him in from Cleveland. He did manage to connect on a long reception in this game, beating Joe Haden for a long 50-yard reception. It actually should have gone for a touchdown because he beat his man by a good 4-5 yards, but the Rivers pass hung up quite a bit and Benjamin had to wait for it to come down. After the long catch, he added a short curl (beating his man with a spin to pick up another 7 yards or so), and a key third down conversion where he went in motion and caught it in the flat to pick up a nice gain up the left sideline. But after halftime, Benjamin essentially wasn't heard from again.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 7 vs LA (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 4 / 48 / 2 rec)
Travis Benjamin was 0-26 at scoring touchdowns in the redzone during his time at the University of Miami. Given 26 attempts, Benjamin scored zero touchdowns. Benjamin gave historical trends the middle finger on Sunday and scored not just one, but two touchdowns in the redzone on Sunday. Benjamin had the half of his life in the second half, showing beautiful extension, hand placement, and high pointing ability on both of his touchdown grabs. All this being said, Benjamin is still a fourth wide receiver in a run-first offense. He does not have much fantasy value.
2014 Week 6 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
After posting a huge game in Week 5, Benjamin only managed one target and one carry against the Steelers. Benjamin has shown that he is more talented than Taylor Gabriel is, but he has yet to supplant Gabriel as the WR3 in the Browns offense.
2013 Week 1 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 2 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 4 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 5 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 45 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 7 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2012 Week 1 vs PHI (6 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / 35 / 0 rush)
Benjamin caught a wide open slant route early in second quarter after beating DRC. He showed excellent speed on a reverse. Didn't have to beat an defenders, but it required an excellent tackle from Nnamdi Asomugha to prevent him from getting into the endzone.
2012 Week 2 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Benjamin's only productivity came in the running game and he looked just fast enough to pick up what the defense gave him but not special enough to do anything extra.
2012 Week 3 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 44 / 1 rec)
Benjamin only came down with 2 catches in the game, but he made them count as he was the only receiver on the team to get into the end zone. His first NFL touchdown came on a very nice 22-yard pass over the middle in the 3rd quarter that helped bring the Browns to within 3 points. Benjamin added another 22-yard gain in the second quarter and could be in line for more playing time given the hamstring injury to Massaquoi and the coaches unhappiness with Greg Little.
2012 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Getting the start for Mo Massaquoi, the rookie saw just 5 targets. Got open on a quick hook but Lardarius Webb just missed the tackle. Made a hard cut on a crosser and caught a well-thrown ball for 14.
2012 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Twice in this game Benjamin received back-to-back targets, but he was largely invisible from a fantasy standpoint in the first half. His speed down the field was largely not used against the Colts. Instead, his targets were mainly hitch and comeback routes. Benjamin's lone downfield target came on a late-game streak where Weeden's throw sailed out-of-bounds and was uncatchable. On an offense where Josh Gordon and Greg Little gobble up targets and Trent Richardson is the focal point when healthy, it is tough to see Benjamin having much fantasy value at this time.
2012 Week 9 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Benjamin's first reception of the day came at the end of the second quarter on a comeback to the sidelines. Benjamin did well to catch the football while dragging his feet to stay in bounds.
2012 Week 12 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
The speedy rookie was targeted deep early after getting behind two Pittsburgh defenders, but the ball was underthrown significantly and almost intercepted. He was also given a handoff on an end-around, but the play was strung out by Pittsburgh, limited Benjamin to a short gain. He made a nice catch on an out-route in the second half that was negated by a holding penalty.
2012 Week 13 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
On his lone target, Benjamin gained six yards on a quick out route late in the third quarter. He was unable to gain any yards after the catch on the play.
2012 Week 14 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Benjamin's 93 yard punt return for a touchdown was one of the biggest plays of the day, but he also picked up 15 yards on a double reverse due to mostly great blocking.
2012 Week 15 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 69 / 1 rec)
Benjamin roasted Redskins cornerback DJ Johnson for a sixty-nine yard touchdown on a sideline go route. Benjamin got several yards of separation from Johnson off the snap once Benjamin and Weeden caught Johnson peeking inward towards the ball. Weeden hit Benjamin in stride and Johnson glided down the field to bring the Browns to win ten points with ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
2012 Week 16 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Benjamin saw all of his receptions from Colt McCoy in garbage time situations. He fueled Cleveland's lone touchdown drive, gaining separation on deep out routes and a deep comeback. His three receptions tie a career-high for the rookie and his 46 yards are his second-highest total in limited action this season.
2012 Week 17 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Benjamin was wide open on a deep comeback route against off coverage on the right sideline for his first reception and a first down. Benjamin caught a pass underneath for eight yards but did well to get to the sideline anda first down. Benjamin drew a pass interference call deep down the field against single coverage on an underthrown pass from his quarterback. Benjamin caught a deep out against off coverage for a 12 yard gain and a first down. Benjamin beat Cortez Allen on a deep comeback, but after he slid to the ground and got back up, Allen was able to knock the ball out of his hands to force the fumble.