The news continues to be all positive on Benjamin after the receiver had issues with his knee for much of the 2017 season, Dominic LoVallo of the Bills' official site reports. "I definitely want to come in and make this one of my best OTAs, you know, since I've been in the league," said Benjamin. "It's the right weight in the right places. I just leaned up around the waist, the abs are back out, stronger in my legs, you know and I'm stronger in my knees." Benjamin has been given a clean bill of health following offseason surgery and also plans to play this season a bit leaner. He'll enter the season as the team's clear-cut No. 1 receiver, though he'll have clouds hanging over his fantasy value, given that this team operates more as a run-based offense and currently doesn't even know which quarterback will be throwing most of its passes in 2018.
Benjamin (knee) was a full participant Monday as the Bills began their offseason workout program, Chris Brown of the team's official website reports. "Kelvin came in and it looks like he's ready to go," said Bills coach Sean McDermott. "Like the rest of our offensive players he was here today and getting used to a new scheme and a new system." Benjamin tore his meniscus in his second game with the Bills and missed the following two weeks, but he returned for the final four regular-season contests and a playoff loss, catching 13 of 22 targets for 164 yards and a touchdown over the five-week stretch. He seems to have made a quick recovery from January surgery, allowing for full participation as Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll implements a new scheme. Benjamin profiles as the likely top option in an undermanned receiving corps, though it's unclear if he'll be catching passes from A.J. McCarron, Nathan Peterman or a rookie when Week 1 rolls around.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that he expects Benjamin (knee) to be ready for the Bills' offseason conditioning program in April, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports. Benjamin is on the mend from surgery to repair a meniscus and appears to be almost through the 4-to-6 week recovery period. In 14 games (eight with Carolina and six with Buffalo) in 2017, Benjamin posted 48 catches on 78 targets for 692 yards and three scores, but he was clearly hobbled by the knee down the stretch. With better health and a full offseason with his new team, Benjamin could be an interesting bounce-back candidate in 2018. After all, he's still a relatively young wideout at 27 years old, and his size and strength combo can be unstoppable when he's put in the right situation. One concern with Benjamin in recent seasons has been his inability to gain any sort of separation in coverage, which would be even more troubling if he's unable to do so on a fully repaired knee.
Benjamin is slated to undergo offseason surgery on his meniscus, News 4 Sports reports. Per the Buffalo News, it's a procedure that carries a 4-to-6 week recovery period, which allows Benjamin ample time to be ready for action by the time the Bills take the field again. In 14 games (eight with Carolina and six with Buffalo) this past season, the 6-foot-5 wideout logged 48 catches on 78 targets for 692 yards and three TDs. Assuming he enters the 2018 campaign in good health, and addressing his balky knee with his upcoming procedure should aid his cause in that regard, Benjamin is a bounce-back candidate next season. At this stage, it's difficult to get a good read on his fantasy upside, however, with his team likely to continue re-tooling its passing attack. Specifically, there could be a change at QB, with Tyrod Taylor not a lock to be retained by the Bills, according to ESPN.com.
Benjamin brought in one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card loss to the Jaguars. The towering receiver couldn't make much of an impact on a day when Tyrod Taylor (concussion) kept his throws even shorter than usual (3.6 YPA) and LeSean McCoy served as the top target in the passing game. Benjamin posted single-game highs of five receptions and 70 receiving yards over the six contests he appeared in with the Bills after being acquired from the Panthers on Oct. 31. However, he also played multiple games at the tail end of the season with a torn meniscus, an issue that undoubtedly affected him to an unknown degree and that he'll presumably address this offseason. A potential clean bill of health and full offseason in Buffalo's system would likely work wonders for Benjamin, who'll also look to continue improving his rapport with Taylor as much as possible.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||98||56||816||5||40||14.57||111|