Among them was Week 5 hero
Benjamin has struggled as a punter returner and muffed one that would have stood as a fumble if not for a Titans penalty. But he made up for it with the scores, prompting Hoyer to talk about him after the win.
"My relationship with Trav goes back to when we were both rehabbing our ACLs, and I love the guy to death," Hoyer told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He's quiet, but he was one of the guys that texted me over the bye wek and said 'We're better than this. I'm sitting here watching these games and we can win in this league.' To see a guy that doesn't talk all the time but sends out a text message like that shows how much it means to him."
The two-touchdown game was the first of Benjamin's career.
After playing just a peripheral part in the passing game through the
That said, he only equaled a season-high with four targets, contributing a modest 48 yards on four catches. Three Browns had more targets than he did, and that's not even including Miles Austin.
Most likely, it was just a case of Benjamin being in the right place at the right time. He plays a significant role on special teams, and quarterback Brian Hoyer has plenty of other players to target in the passing game. Despite the big performance, Benjamin shouldn't get a lot of attention on the waiver wire this week.
Benjamin, whose muffed punt was negated by a Panthers penalty, made amends by getting wide open in the middle of the end zone for a 17-yard score with seven minutes remaining in the game, then really made amends by tallying the game-winner with one minute left. He dragged his back foot inbounds to complete the 6-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone.
He finished with four catches for 48 yards and the first two-score game of his career. Benjamin will seek to take his momentum and run with it in Week 6 against the visiting Steelers.
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