Benjamin (knee) is in uniform for Friday night's preseason game against the Browns, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
The wideout appeared to be dealing with some knee soreness earlier in the week, but his presence on the field Friday suggests that the issue was minor.
Benjamin was sporting an ice pack on his right knee after taking limited reps at Wednesday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Benjamin tore the meniscus in the same knee last season, leading to absences in Weeks 11 and 12 and eventually surgery in January. He didn't seem to have any limitations throughout the Bills' offseason program and into training camp until his practice reps were cut back Tuesday and Wednesday. After catching all four of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in last week's preseason opener against Carolina, the 27-year-old wideout seems to be in danger of missing Friday's exhibition in Cleveland, though there's no indication his knee issue is serious.
Coach Sean McDermott says Benjamin has looked healthy throughout OTAs, appearing leaner, stronger and faster than in 2017, when he was injured for much of the campaign, Dominic LoVallo of the Bills' official site reports.
Benjamin burst onto the scene as a first-round rookie in 2014, catching 73 balls for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, but it's been one injury after another since then. Even though he showed signs of promise following his trade from the Panthers last season, Benjamin struggled to gain separation from cornerbacks and only hit the 70-yard mark once in seven games with the Bills, including the team's playoff loss, where he was held to just nine yards. Benjamin's size and strength are right up there with any receiver in the league, so it'll be worth watching to see if he truly does have a burst back. While the Bills have a new offense without much talent and a major question mark as to who will be the starting quarterback, Benjamin will be the clear No. 1 wideout and could prove to be a sneaky source of value if the rest of your league is too spooked by his recent disappointments.
Though he suited up for 14 games between the Panthers and Bills in 2017, Benjamin battled knee issues for a large portion of the campaign, limiting him to 48 receptions for 692 yards and three scores. Shortly after the Bills were eliminated in the wild-card round, Benjamin underwent surgery to repair his meniscus, a procedure that required only a couple months for the wideout to make a full recovery. It's an encouraging sign that Benjamin is facing no limitations this early in the offseason program, but the Bills could still opt to manage his reps carefully once training camp rolls around in order to keep the 27-year-old at full strength entering his first full season in Buffalo. Assuming the knee issues are a thing of the past, Benjamin could have some bounce-back appeal as the clear No. 1 target in a Buffalo passing game.
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 OTA's, 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.
|P4||8/30/18||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/2/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
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