Benjamin failed to haul in any of his three targets during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets. The Bills had their biggest offensive showing of the season on Sunday, but their supposed top target was not a part of it as LeSean McCoy and Zay Jones stole the show. Benjamin has topped 50 yards just once this season and has only one score despite a skill set that seems made for the red zone. The quarterback carousel that has no doubt impacted all of Buffalo's receivers may continue following the bye with rookie Josh Allen (elbow) potentially returning. Benjamin probably will struggle to make the adjustment against a Jaguars defense surrendering a league-best 201 passing yards per game.
Benjamin (knee) practiced fully for the second straight day Friday and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets. Benjamin's issue turned out to be a minor one, but what's not a minor issue is his lack of production all season. He has bettered 45 yards on just one occasion in 2018, and has found the end zone just one time as well (in a game where he finished with 19 receiving yards). It appears Zay Jones may have passed Benjamin for the No. 1 receiving role. While Jones' own production is also lacking -- as is everybody else in this offense -- he's been seeing a slightly higher snap count than Benjamin and has shown a better ability to create separation from opposing corners.
Benjamin (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. The full session implies that Benjamin's limitations at Wednesday's practice were likely maintenance-related more so than a result of legitimate worry over his knee issue. Benjamin's health looks to be in a decent place entering the Week 10 matchup with the Jets, but his outlook is muddled by the uncertain state of the Buffalo passing game. The Bills still haven't determined who will be throwing passes to Benjamin on Sunday, as the two preferred options, Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion), are still working back from injuries that could keep both unavailable. If that ends up being the case, Nathan Peterman would likely pick up another start, despite throwing three interceptions and averaging only 3.8 yards per attempt during a 41-9 loss to the Bears in Week 9.
Benjamin was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a knee issue. Given that the Bills staged their first practice of the week and Benjamin was able to work in some capacity, his knee issue is likely a minor one. Still, it's just another mark against the once-useful fantasy wideout, who can add it to a laundry list of shortcomings that includes his inability to gain separation from corners, playing in the NFL's worst offense, shaky quarterback play, etc.
Benjamin caught four of nine targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Bears. Benjamin tied for the team lead in receiving yards, as Buffalo's offense was stuck in low gear with quarterback Nathan Peterman averaging 3.9 yards per attempt. The big-bodied receiver would benefit from the return of Josh Allen (elbow) or Derek Anderson (concussion) under center against the Jets in Week 10, though it's hard to get excited about Benjamin considering he's topped 50 yards only once this season while failing to score a touchdown since Week 2.
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