WR Arrelious Benn - Free Agent

6-1, 219Born: 9-8-1988College: IllinoisDrafted: Round 2, pick 2010

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2012 Week 3 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Benn had one catch on a bubble screen against the Cowboys. Benn also drew a pass-interference penalty from Morris Claiborne on a deep pass early on Tampa Bay's first series of the game. He also returned kicks and contributed on special teams. At present, he is getting a few snaps as the Buccaneer's third or fourth receiver depending on that package.

2012 Week 4 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Benn fed off the scraps in the Tampa Bay passing game left by Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. He caught three receptions for eighteen yards. Benn also took an end around for a five-yard gain, exhibiting some shifty running in avoiding Redskins tackles.

2012 Week 7 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Benn was given an end around late in the first quarter off of play action. The speedy receiver never had a chance as the Saints' defenders read the situation and met him at the line of scrimmage.

2012 Week 8 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Benn received minimal playing time this week. He had an uncatchable target off a fake reverse, which ended up being a broken play. In the closing minutes of the game, Benn gained eight yards on an end-around when the defense was expecting a traditional running play. Once a promising second round draft pick, Benn has now devolved into a role player that rarely sees the field.

2011 Week 1 vs DET (7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Benn only saw two targets in the first half. The first was a quick swing pass to him that he dropped and took a hard shot for. Two plays later he was targeted in the end zone, but Freeman underthrew him and the ball was intercepted. He didn't see action again until the fourth quarter. His best play was a six yard comeback route where he was able to spin away from the defender and break down the field for a 10 yard gain. Freeman came back to him with a quick check-down on the next play, but Benn dropped that as well. He caught a short pass over the middle on 3rd and 10 to set up the 4th down TD pass to Mike Williams as well. Benn's main contribution was in the short, possession type receiver catches. He was unable to break anything long against the Detroit defense.

2011 Week 2 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 25 / 1 rec)

Benn was completely absent for most of this game, with only one target at the start of the second quarter where Freeman hit him with a great pass over the middle and Benn just dropped it. He didn't see any action again until the fourth quarter when Freeman found him working one on one down the left side of the field, and Freeman threw the perfect pass go give Benn the 25 yard TD reception. His only other contribution of note was an illegal shift that nullified a TD reception by Mike Williams.

2011 Week 3 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Was not targeted much in the 1st half. In the 3rd quarter he took a little screen pass from Freeman who almost overthrew him and Benn made an adjustment on the ball, caught it and then turned it up for about 12 yards and a first down. He still is coming back form a pretty bad knee injury and he is not playing at full speed like what we saw last season. Hopefully he gets stronger and stronger as the season unfolds. Benn was the target on one of the interceptions in the game but Freeman overthrew him and then he only got one hand on it which tipped it and forced a turnover.

2011 Week 4 vs IND (1 / 1 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

He had a fantastic play for a 62 yard touchdown called back because he was deemed to have his foot out of bounds right before he caught the ball other wise it could have been a big night for him. His next bi play cam on a 1st an 19 with the Bucs backed up in their own territory and he was lined up to the right with Mike Williams lined up to his right wide. Benn went straight ahead and the Colts DB just let him go and Benn found a nice soft spot between the DB and the Safety. Once he caught the ball about 20 yards down the field he just keep running straight ahead until the Colts brought him down for a 43 yard reception. he is still recovering form knee surgery and won't be 100% likely all season but he is getting better and better.

2011 Week 5 vs SF (4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

His 1st catch he lined up over the TE and slipped into the flat. Once he caught the ball he turned on the jets and went right up the field for about 20 yards. His 2nd catch was a really nice slant pattern but he was tackled low and went right for his knee like he was worried he got hurt. The announcers didn't seem to notice it and Benn did stay on the field but it shows that he is not over his injury yet. He was concerned immediately that he might re-injure himself and I think in a lot of ways he is trying to protect the knee until he is 100% which might not happen until 2012. He caught the ball on the next play, was immediately tackled and then wasn't on the field much the rest of the day. Watch the injury report this week to see if something definitive is mentioned.

2011 Week 6 vs NO (6 / 3 / 83 / 1 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)

His touchdown was a welcome site. You might remember he had a 65 yard TD called back on the Monday Night game 2 weeks ago. Benn is usually matched up one on one and he is slowly getting stronger after his knee injury late last season. Benn was lined up in a 2 WR set and both he and Williams were lined up to the left side with Williams out wide left. Benn took off on a post pattern and for some reason there was a Linebacker on him at the LOS which is an absolute mismatch. As he drove down the field the LB peeled off and went to double cover Mike Williams with the DB and suddenly Benn was roaming free into the secondary and Freeman dropped a perfect throw and then Benn did the rest as he burned by Malcolm Jenkins for the touchdown. The Bucs also set up a max protect so it is likely they wanted Freeman to throw the ball long to Benn. He is going to take advantage of mismatches and one on one coverages until defenses adjust. he still disappears for long stretches during the game and his conditioning simply may not be up to snuff yet. The future however is bright for Benn.

2011 Week 7 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Benn was the forgotten man. He had one early target that Josh Freeman horribly threw behind him, and a two-yard gain on an end around that didn't really open up for him. The rest of the day, Benn was either on the sidelines or being ignored in his routes. His blocking ability was squandered with the team playing from behind all day, and his quarterback seemed to have more chemistry with the #3 receiver in the comeback role. Benn is a gamebreaker, but one with diminishing opportunities right now.

2011 Week 9 vs NO (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)

Arrelious Benn showed good burst on his first catch, a 10-yard quick slant route. Benn showed good toughness later on a 7-yard catch as he was hit just as he reeled it in. His impact on the game as a whole was quite limited, however. Freeman tended to go to Winslow and Williams rather than Benn as the Saints played aggressive man coverage and blitzed often, forcing Freeman to quickly release the ball.

2011 Week 10 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)

Though Benn was targeted 6 times, several of them were Freeman throwing the ball away or making a poor throw. Benn nearly scooped up a low throw but it was ruled incomplete. In the fourth quarter, Freeman threw a very high pass to him that Benn got his hands on but wasn't able to do more than tip, which ended in the hands of a defender. The Bucs receivers as a group struggled to get open.

2011 Week 11 vs GB (6 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Was connecting with Freeman early on short routes and then Freeman found up the left sideline a little deeper which is where we would like to see Benn running his routes to stretch the defense. They connect for 26 yards and then low and behold Blount breaks off the TD run on the next play. Benn is working his way back form an injury and you have to believe that next season once he is past the ACL tear that he has the potential for some big plays with Freeman.

2011 Week 12 vs TEN (5 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

He had 3 targets in the 1st half but Freeman was off the mark and when he did catch the ball it was for a loss behind the line of scrimmage. Benn also dropped an easy catch which doesn't help him earn more targets. He was targeted deep in the 2nd half but Frreman was off target again and then again on a short pass Freeman threw it wild to the sideline.

2011 Week 13 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / -12 / 0 rush)

Arrelious Benn got off to a fast start in this game, beating CB Captain Munnerlyn down the sideline for a 38-yard completion. It was a blown assignment by Munnerlyn. Benn took a toss in the backfield later in the game - an effort by the Bucs to get him the ball - but it resulted in a 12 yard loss ultimately. Benn was kept quiet for the most part and his short receptions were quickly tidied up by a relentless Panthers defense.

2011 Week 14 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Benn's one catch almost went for a score. He took a screen pass from the 8 and danced all the way to the goal line before being tackled just shy of the score.

2011 Week 16 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)

Arrelious Benn caught a beautiful pass from Josh Freeman in the back left corner of the end zone, dragging both feet in bounds and securing the catch. Benn bobbled it at first, but got control of the ball and had the presence of mind to tap his toes on the black grass. The touchdown was Benn's only significant contribution as he and the Bucs offense were limited to check down passes for most of the game.

2010 Week 3 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

He came into the game late in the 4th quarter and connected with the backup QB Josh Johnson 3 times on the last drive for Tampa Bay. The Steelers had pulled most of their starters at that point and Benn was able to get a few catches against a soft defense that was ready to board a plane back to Pittsburgh to celebrate. Benn looked alright but you really can't measure what he can do yet until we see him vs a 1st team defense.

2010 Week 5 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Benn saw his big play of the game come in the 3rd quarter, 1st and 10 on the Bucs own 20 yd line. He caught a short pass from Freeman and turned it up for a nice gain of 18 yards and it got the drive going. Bucs would end up scoring a touchdown later on the drive to make it 14-10 Tampa Bay. Benn is not as ready as Mike Williams is but you can see where he is going to find his mark on the team and I expect him to be starting by next season.

2010 Week 6 vs NO (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Was starting to come on the past few weeks but was nowhere to be seen this week. Benn is still a good year away from being a big impact of any kind for the Bucs maybe longer. He was not able to shake the DBs when he was on the field.

2010 Week 7 vs STL (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Benn got one early short target and ran tough after the catch, and another jumpball target later that didn't work. Otherwise, he was a bit player in this one.

2010 Week 8 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Benn got an early end around that went nowhere and he wasn't heard from again until late in the game, when he got free deep and made a diving catch at the goal line to set up the game-winning TD. Benn's body control, ball tracking, and hands were all outstanding and they showed why the Bucs were willing to spend an early second round pick on him.

2010 Week 9 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Benn was targeted twice in the game and finished with one reception for 14 yards and a touchdown. On the scoring play, Benn made the grab in traffic and is beginning to show the promise that made him a second round draft pick. Benn also had a four yard rush, and drew a big 33 yard pass interference play.

2010 Week 10 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec)

Benn started the game and continued to show progress as a receiver. He caught a touchdown pass on the first drive of the game, but received only one target after that. The rookie has shown great ball tracking ability, especially in the red zone, and if he keeps progressing, Tampa Bay has a bright future at the receiver position.

2010 Week 11 vs SF (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Benn was only targeted three times in the game, but did get a look in the red zone on a slant he hauled in for one of his grabs. While his stat lines haven't been much from a fantasy perspective, his role has definitely increased in the last few weeks and will continue to grow from here on out.

2010 Week 12 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Benn continued to see more work for the Buccaneers and he looks better and better every week. While his stats don't show it for this game, Benn was open on a number of his targets and could've had a more productive game.

2010 Week 13 vs ATL (5 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

Benn had just one reception, but it was an impressive one. He took a quick out and flew down the sideline, nearly turning the catch into a score. Benn was brought down at the two yard line, but made an impressive effort to reach the end zone in an attempt to score. He has definitely earned an increased role in the offense, and the Buccaneers are trying to get him involved more each week. Benn also had two rushes for 10 yards on the ground.

2010 Week 14 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 122 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)

He had his coming out party. Drafted to be a starter at some point he had lost traction early to Mike Williams who took the league by storm in the beginning of the season. Benn was showcasing his speed in this game and hooked up with Freeman on a couple of bombs that really helped the Bucs stay in the football game. You had to give a game ball to Benn for his performance. With Mike Williams lining up across from him and the fact Tampa Bay is so young you have to be excited about what awaits these guys in 2011. Benn flashed speed more than anything. His hands are still a little shaky but if he can become the Bucs go to guy to stretch the field 4 or 5 times a game then big days await him. Dynasty wise, here is another guy if you can stash him might pay off down the road.

2010 Week 15 vs DET (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Benn's role in the offense continued to increase, and although the rookie finished with just four targets, he continued to show flashes of what made him the first wide receiver drafted by the Buccaneers. Benn looked good on a fourth quarter reception in the red zone that he nearly took for a score, and showed he's not afraid of contact on the play, as he stiff-armed a defender and in the process, drew a facemask.

2010 Week 16 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Benn injured his knee in a collision after his only catch of the game (a 16 yard pickup on a short crossing route). He did not return.