Benjamin left the practice field Tuesday prematurely with a trainer, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
Benjamin signed with the Giants in mid-May and is hoping to land a regular-season roster spot with the club as a tight end rather than his former spot of wide receiver. Unfortunately, his early departure Tuesday doesn't get him off to a good start, but he should have plenty of time to make his mark if the issue isn't deemed serious.
Benjamin has signed with the Giants as a tight end, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Selected in the first round of the 2014 Draft as a wide receiver, the big-bodied Benjamin will switch positions in his return to the league. Benjamin scored 16 touchdowns in his first two years with the Panthers but struggled to keep his weight down and has been out of the league since 2018. If fellow offseason addition Kyle Rudolph (foot) isn't ready for Week 1, Benjamin could see increased opportunities for playing time behind enigmatic starter Evan Engram.
Benjamin will work out for the Giants this weekend, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Benjamin was last seen working out for the Giants as a free agent back in 2019, and he'll once again try his luck with the team. General manager Dave Gettleman drafted Benjamin during his time in Carolina, where the former Florida State standout logged a 1,008-yard rookie season. The 30-year-old will have his work cut out for him to resurface in New York's crowded receiving corps, and at this point his upside may only be as a big-bodied role player in designed packages.
Benjamin will be among the free-agent wide receivers that work out for the Giants on Saturday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
The Giants' receiving corps has been hammered by injuries in the opening stanzas of training camp. On Wednesday, rookie fifth-rounder Darius Slayton was held out due to a minor hamstring issue. And Thursday's session included Sterling Shepard picking up a dislocated thumb and Corey Coleman tearing an ACL. While the 28-year-old Benjamin likely has something left in the tank, his yardage has waned each (healthy) year of his five-year career.
Benjamin (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Patriots, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
With the receiving corps otherwise intact, Benjamin will be in street clothes for a second consecutive contest. Behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, expect Chris Conley to step into three-wide sets, while Demarcus Robinson and Gehrig Dieter pick up any lingering snaps.
Benjamin (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's divisional-round game versus the Colts, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
With Sammy Watkins (foot) back in the lineup, Benjamin is the odd man out in an otherwise healthy receiving corps. Aside from Tyreek Hill and Watkins, Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson should scoop up the remaining reps at wide receiver in the snowy conditions at Arrowhead Stadium.
Benjamin collected just two passes for 26 yards on five targets in the final three weeks of the 2018 season.
Benjamin was released by the Bills in early December after his role with the club continued to diminish. After sitting a week to get acclimated, Benjamin got his chance to contribute with Sammy Watkins (foot) unavailable. He logged a maximum of 12 offensive snaps in his three weeks with the club and heads into the offseason as a free agent. Benjamin should find some suitors, but he's unlikely to secure a long-term deal after a disastrous 2018.
Benjamin was targeted twice but didn't record a catch during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
Benjamin's performance was undoubtedly a frustrating one for fantasy managers who placed faith in the recently acquired receiver. The 27-year-old had an easy touchdown bounce off his chest on one of his targets, then somehow was able to bring in a much more difficult pass on the other, only to be ruled out of bounds by the officials. If Sammy Watkins (foot) remains out Week 17, Benjamin should have a decent opportunity for a rebound performance against a Raiders secondary that has allowed the most touchdowns to wideouts in 2018 (2.3 per game).
Benjamin brought in one of two targets for 17 yards in the Chiefs' 29-28 loss to the Chargers on Thursday.
The star-crossed 2014 first-round pick made his Chiefs debut and was able to get on the stat sheet, hauling in a sideline pass from Patrick Mahomes down to the Chargers' four-yard line early in the third quarter. The big-bodied Benjamin could well fill an important complementary role over the final two games of the regular season if Sammy Watkins (foot) remains sidelined, and his presence may prove even more important in the postseason if the latter is placed on injured reserve. Benjamin will look to make further strides in the offense against the Seahawks in a Week 16 Sunday night battle.
Benjamin is active for Thursday's game against the Chargers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Benjamin disappointed with the Bills this season before being released earlier this month. He'll now look to get things going with the Chiefs and may carve out a solid role with the team down the stretch if Sammy Watkins' foot injury lingers. That said, we'd like to see Benjamin get a full and productive game in before recommending him as a fantasy lineup option.
Benjamin expects to suit up for Thursday's game against the Chargers, Omar Ruiz of NFL Network reports.
Benjamin was inactive for Week 14 against the Ravens as he continued to learn the playbook, but with Sammy Watkins (foot) and Tyreek Hill (heel/wrist) both banged up, the Chiefs need all the help they can get at wide receiver. The big-bodied wideout was released by the Bills in early December after posting just 23 catches for 354 yards and a touchdown over 12 games. He secured a deal with the Chiefs last Thursday and appears set to make his debut just a week later. Still, his snap count may be limited by his knowledge of the playbook.
Benjamin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Benjamin will be street clothes for his first game with the Chiefs after his late-week addition to the roster left him with little time to get up to speed with the new playbook. Given that the Chiefs play on Thursday night against the Chargers in Week 15, Benjamin may have a tough time getting prepared for that game as well, so it may not be until late December that he makes his team debut. Whenever he's ready to go, Benjamin could challenge for a role in three-receiver formations with Sammy Watkins (foot) sidelined for Week 14 and at risk of missing the rest of the regular season.
Coach Andy Reid admitted Friday that it's unlikely Benjamin will be active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Reid said the newly signed wideout will have a more realistic shot at playing in the Chiefs' Thursday night matchup with the Chargers in Week 15.
After being cut loose by Buffalo earlier in the week and going unclaimed off waivers, Benjamin worked out for the Chiefs on Thursday and was signed to the roster a day later. Kansas City was motivated to add extra depth at receiver after Sammy Watkins aggravated a lingering right foot injury that is expected to sideline him for Sunday's game and possibly the remainder of the regular season, but Benjamin likely won't be pressed into action in Watkins' stead right away after having limited time to get up to speed with the Chiefs' playbook. Once Benjamin gets comfortable with Kansas City's offensive scheme, he could challenge for a regular role in three-wide formations alongside Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. Benjamin's involvement in the passing game likely would trail off to some extent once Watkins is back to full health.
Benjamin will sign with the Chiefs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Benjamin was released by the Bills earlier this week after gathering only 23 of his 62 targets for 362 yards and one touchdown in 12 games this season. That being said, being a part of Andy Reid's high-powered offense should benefit Benjamin greatly in contrast with his situation in Buffalo, as he heads from a bottom-five passing team to a top-five unit that ranks first in passing touchdowns so far this season. With Sammy Watkins (foot) still on the shelf, Benjamin could have a chance to contribute right away as the Chiefs take on the Ravens in Week 14.
Benjamin is slated to visit the Chiefs on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports,
Benjamin's stint with the Bills was disappointing and led to his release, but in the right team context, he has the size and experience to be an asset. KC could be a good fit, especially if wideout Sammy Watkins' foot issue persists.
The Bills have released Benjamin.
The team also released Andre Holmes on Tuesday, which leaves Zay Jones, Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie as the team's top options at wideout. Benjamin, who logged 23 catches for 354 yards and a TD in 12 games for the Bills, could catch on elsewhere in short order, but he has much to prove before re-surfacing on the fantasy radar after being cut by a team that is desperate for pass-catching talent.
Benjamin caught two of four targets for 20 yards during Sunday's loss to Miami.
Has someone looked under the helmet to make sure this is the same player that caught 18 touchdowns over two and a half seasons with the Panthers. Benjamin hasn't seen the end zone for the Bills since Week 2, and has bettered 50 receiving yards just once all season. Zay Jones has easily passed by him as an offensive contributor, and others have been much more involved as well. Benjamin needs to end up in a different city this offseason to even be in the discussion again.
Coach Sean McDermott acknowledged Friday that Benjamin has seen his snap counts trail off the last two games due to the organization's desire to give some of its younger receivers more opportunities, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
At 27 years old, Benjamin isn't exactly over the hill, but his numbers since his 73-catch, 1,008-yard rookie campaign with Carolina would argue otherwise. After tearing an ACL in August 2015, Benjamin -- never regarded as a burner -- has noticeably lost some explosiveness, and his struggles with gaining separation from defensive backs have become even more apparent during parts of two seasons in Buffalo, where he's been further hindered by shaky quarterback play. Over 17 career games with the Bills, Benjamin has managed only 37 receptions for 551 yards (6.5 per target) and two touchdowns, production that may have motivated the team to explore other options. Since Benjamin is set to become a free agent this offseason and probably won't be re-signed, it's unlikely his snap counts will recover over the final five contests, paving the way for the likes of Zay Jones, Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie and perhaps even sixth-round rookie Ray-Ray McCloud to earn more looks down the stretch.
Benjamin caught one of two targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over Jacksonville.
Benjamin made a nice catch on the lone reception and appear to exhibit some rare chemistry with rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Unfortunately, that was all Benjamin did on the afternoon, a scenario that has played out almost every week this season. Making matters worse, he only played 40 percent of the offensive snaps, less than fellow receivers Zay Jones, Isaiah McKenzie and Robert Foster. Benjamin has shown signs of being a solid receiver in the past, but he's having a hard time gaining separation from cornerbacks these days. That combined with an inexperienced option under center and a team trying to get looks for younger, faster receivers renders Benjamin a fantasy sinkhole.
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.
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