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Benjamin was going to be featured in pass game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2017 – 10:56 pm

Buffalo lost a pair of starters to injury in Sunday’s loss at Los Angeles. WR Kelvin Benjamin and S Micah Hyde both left the game with knee injuries and did not return. Head coach Sean McDermott would only confirm that both sustained knee injuries, but losing Benjamin early set the pass game back.

Benjamin was lost early in the first quarter when it appeared his right knee was hyperextended on a low hit after he made a 20-yard reception. QB Tyrod Taylor revealed that the loss was especially tough because with Jordan Matthews inactive with a knee injury, Benjamin was going to be featured in the passing attack.

“That was definitely tough. He was a big part of our game plan on offense,” said Taylor. I haven’t heard how bad the injury is, but prayers up for him. Losing a guy like that in a game where he’s definitely going to be big for the game plan is definitely tough. More importantly I hope that he’s better and it’s nothing.”

“That doesn’t help. Honestly it doesn’t help,” admitted McDermott. “All part of the thing getting away from us. At the same time it’s not just about one guy. I’m not here to make excuses. We’ve got to continue to move forward in all areas.”

Hyde was lost to his knee injury in the second half.

 


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Benjamin leads all WRs in playing time

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2017 – 8:44 am

The Bills newest wide receiver didn’t get too many chances to make an impact on Sunday’s game. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t on the field a lot. Here’s a look at his playing time in his Bills debut compared to the other receivers on the roster.

As seen below, Benjamin logged the most time on the field at the receiver position with 41 snaps for 85 percent participation. The Bills only ran 48 plays Sunday. Unfortunately Benjamin, after being targeted three times on the opening drive, wasn’t targeted again until four minutes left in the game.

Playtime percentage WRs
Kelvin Benjamin – 41 snaps (85%)
Deonte Thompson – 39 snaps (81%)
Jordan Matthews – 36 snaps (75%)
Andre Holmes – 9 snaps (19%)
Brandon Tate – 3 snaps (6%)


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Benjamin coming along with offensive scheme

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2017 – 2:30 pm

It is no easy task to flush an old offensive scheme and pick up a new one midseason, but that’s Kelvin Benjamin’s job right now as he prepares for his first game with the Bills on Sunday. Head coach Sean McDermott felt Benjamin held up his end of trying to get up to speed this week.

“He’s about where I thought he would be,” said McDermott. “He’s trying to get up to speed on everything and detail his work. Coming in during the middle of the season and transitioning from one system to another system is always a challenge. He’s done a good job to this point. We just have to continue of going through that process and refine it for him so he can play fast on Sunday.”

Benjmain has spent extra time after practice getting reps with Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has also worked with him during special teams portions of practice on the second field to get their timing in sync.

“He’s always been an on-time thrower,” said Benjamin of Taylor. “He’s going to do his drops, his feet are always set and he’s ready to throw. The timing is going to be there. I think it’s going to be there. I’ve got long arms so if it’s not I’ll get it.”


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Benjamin will hopefully boost pass game production

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 2:14 pm

Buffalo’s pass game production this season has been sorely lacking. Part of it has been due to injury, with Jordan Matthews missing time with a thumb injury. Charles Clay will miss three games counting tonight’s matchup with the Jets. But the Bills are way behind the league average in terms of receptions and receiving yards. Hopefully new acquisition Kelvin Benjamin helps to boost those numbers in time. Here’s how much Buffalo’s pass game numbers have trailed league averages.

From their wide receivers specifically, the Bills have almost half the production of the league average in receptions and receiving yards.

Bills’ WRs, 2017 – Numbers Compared to NFL Averages

Buf        NFL Avg per Team

Receptions      45            83.7

Rec Yards       594           1073

Both Buffalo’s 45 receptions by receivers and 594 receiving yards by receivers are league lows. Jordan Matthews leads Bills receivers with 15 catches, tied for 136th in the league, 78th among wide receivers.

So far this season, Benjamin has double the number of receptions of Matthews with 32 catches so far this year and his 475 receiving yards is just over 100 yards behind the entire Bills receiving corps (594). The big wideout is expected to eventually move into Buffalo’s top receiving role.


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