Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm
Speed receiver Travis Benjamin is the most likely candidate to get a bump in targets because of his past production in the league. Not only can Philip Rivers target Benjamin on vertical routes, but he also should get some looks on screens and crossing routes where he can use his quickness and speed.
Dontrelle Inman is a veteran who’s been in San Diego’s system for three seasons, earning the trust of Rivers.
Like Allen, at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Williams is a big-bodied receiver with good speed and lateral quickness who offers a big target for Rivers, the story said. Williams got a lot of positive press throughout camp and one has to figure he'll be next up to get a chance. He seems worth a claim off the wire if you're looking for help at the position.
San Diego Fanfest spectators wondered why speedy newcomer Travis Benjamin sat out all drills, and why Keenan Allen, the No. 1 receiver, sat on the bench with a shoe off as trainer James Collins checked on both players.
HC Mike McCoy said Allen was limited to solo drills, due to having his foot stepped on Friday. “He’s fine,” the coach said.
McCoy didn’t specify Benjamin’s situation but said generally that he’ll rest players on certain days.
So once again, it was Tyrell Williams getting to take advantage. Williams had a 28-yard catch which QB Philip Rivers described as the top highlight for the first team offense. Williams is having a good camp and could be in line for more playing time with Stevie Johnson's injury. The story said Williams is of the Michael Floyd mold.
Williams also worked heavily with the ones when a hamstring injury limited Travis Benjamin this spring. Benjamin seems back to full strength this training camp, running at full speed opposite Keenan Allen.
This falls right in line with news items we had yesterday right after Johnson went down. Williams is a bit of an unknown but has been taking advantage of injuries as far back as spring. The story also mentioned Dontrelle Inman as seeing plenty of wide-receiver reps in the early going of camp.
With Malcom Floyd's retirement, the Chargers are losing a field stretcher and they found a good replacement in Benjamin, who managed to produce 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns with a three-headed quarterback throwing to him in Cleveland. He averaged 7.8 targets per game, however, while Floyd averaged just 5.2 T/G after the arrival of Keenan Allen. Stevie Johnson is also under contract and the team figures to re-sign Antonio Gates and/or Ladarius Green, so Benjamin's targets are likely to have a lower ceiling that they did in Cleveland. On the plus side, his quarterback situation will be much better, so he'll certainly be fantasy relevant heading into 2016 fantasy drafts.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Browns WR Travis Benjamin (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. This is a new injury for Benjamin, who seems legitimately questionable for Week 17. The Browns play early on Sunday.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Browns WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. Benjamin says he’s going to play in Week 14. With Johnny Manziel under center, Benjamin’s production should improve. He hasn’t seen as many targets with Manziel throwing the ball, but he’s averaging 4.0-85-0.75 in the four games that Manziel has attempted at least 15 passes.
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Browns WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Benjamin says he’s going to play in Week 14. With Johnny Manziel under center, Benjamin’s production should improve. He hasn’t seen as many targets with Manziel throwing the ball, but he’s averaging 4.0-85-0.75 in the four games that Manziel has attempted at least 15 passes.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
Browns WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. With Johnny Manziel under center, Benjamin’s production should improve. He hasn’t seen as many targets with Manziel throwing the ball, but he’s averaging 4.0-85-0.75 in the four games that Manziel has attempted at least 15 passes.
Benjamin fell on his shoulder after a first quarter incompletion. He tried to return, but later left the game and the team announced he was out shortly after the second half began.
Benjamin's injury left them with three active receivers -- Brian Hartline, Marlon Moore (a special-teams expert) and Darius Jennings (promoted from the practice squad on Saturday). But Moore injured his ribs in the second quarter and left the game in the third.
The Browns started the game with four inactive WRs. Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel have concussions, and Terrelle Pryor and Dwayne Bowe were healthy scratches. It's perhaps a bit of good news Benjamin tried to return to the game, but obviously his status for Week 14 is up in the air.
“Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win,” Pettine said in a statement released by the team. “He’s been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well.”
Davis came in with under nine minutes remaining and completed 7/10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. His targets included Brian Hartline (5), Travis Benjamin (3), Duke Johnson (1) and Gary Barnidge (1). The touchdown was a 42-yarder to Benjamin, who caught two-of-three targets for 58 yards and a score. Hartline caught three-of-five targets for 28 yards.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took full practice reps again Friday. McCown will start in a nice matchup with the Ravens. His return to the starting lineup is good news for Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Travis Benjamin should see more targets as well.
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play and is active on Sunday, but he’s keeping the starter secret to maintain a competitive advantage. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Johnny Manziel is “likely to start” against the Steelers.
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