It's not unreasonable to think that Browns WR Travis Benjamin came into training camp on the bubble. His days as the heir apparent as a return man took a hit in 2014. There are plenty of other small, quick guys on the roster -- though, to be fair to Benjamin, he towers over some of the other players in the receiver room with his 5-10 frame.
Sunday, he made a case that there's still room for him.
On its surface, it wasn't a day that's going to blow you away. Camp hasn't had many highlights to speak of regardless, but it was a day where Benjamin was something that can't be overstated in a receiver: reliable.
Here were the key plays from Benjamin:
- Josh McCown finds Benjamin deep.
- McCown quick throw to Benjamin in front of Pierre Desir.
- McCown finds Benjamin underneath.
- McCown goes over the top to Benjamin for 15+ yards.
The story said it's pretty much a numbers game as far as Cleveland's WRs, as you add Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline to Andrew Hawkins, plus Taylor Gabriel coming off of a strong rookie season, Vince Mayle coming in as a draft pick, plus guys like Rodney Smith and others trying to squeeze in, and, on top of that, Terrelle Pryor showing signs that maybe he can make the transition from quarterback to receiver. Someone has to get pushed out. Benjamin finds himself in with the group fighting for a spot. But it's worth noting that Benjamin was seeing time with the first team.