Kelvin Benjamin
Kelvin Benjamin
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Buffalo Bills
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Midseason receiver trades are rare - in part because it's hard to learn a new system on the fly - but Benjamin was dealt to the Bills anyway, and the results were as one might expect. In six games, Benjamin failed to clear 75 yards and had more than 50 only once, though missing two weeks with a torn meniscus didn't help. He scored only one TD with Buffalo and made no impact in the team's playoff loss to the Jaguars. At 6-5, 245, and with 4.61 speed, Benjamin profiles almost as a fast tight end rather than a receiver, but either way he creates matchup problems for smaller corners and doesn't need to be open to come down with the ball. The challenge this season will be the team's quarterback play - AJ McCarron, Nathan Peterman and seventh overall pick Josh Allen are arguably the league's weakest trio - and the offense isn't likely to generate a lot of red-zone chances. On the bright side, Benjamin underwent offseason surgery on his knee and was a full participant in the Bills' offseason program in April. He's still the team's No. 1 receiver, and it's possible the QBs could surprise. Coach Sean McDermott said Benjamin looked healthy throughout OTAs, appearing leaner, stronger and faster than in 2017, when he was injured for much of the campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $7.66 million contract with the Panthers in June of 2014. Panthers exercised $8.46 million team option for 2018 in March of 2017. Traded to the Bills in October of 2017.
Catchless in big win
WRBuffalo Bills
November 13, 2018
Benjamin failed to haul in any of his three targets during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets.
ANALYSIS
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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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Kelvin Benjamin's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
85.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.92
 
% Team Air Yards
31.4%
 
% Team Targets
17.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
15.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
35.7%
 
Drop Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.6
 
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566
201
446
153
275
64
131
33
108
47
106
106
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11
7
7
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Jaguars pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Nov 25th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
65.1
 
Cornerbacks
65.3
 
Safeties
53.7
 
Linebackers
74.9
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kelvin Benjamin's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
245 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.39 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.33 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
34.88 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Through two games, during which he went 13-199-3, it looked like Benjamin, one year removed from ACL surgery, might be a top-10 WR. But from Weeks 3-17, he never once cracked 95 yards, and despite his 6-5, 245-pound frame, scored only four more TDs. In the end, Benjamin's disparate 14.9 YPC (7th) and 8.0 YPT (25th) and underwhelming season can in part be explained by Cam Newton's odd year -- Newton completed only 52.9 percent of his passes, dead last among qualifying QBs. Despite his size, Benjamin saw only a modest amount of work in the red zone -- 15 targets, five of which he turned into TDs. Benjamin's 4.61 40 time is on the slow side, but he's the biggest wideout in the league, and that mark would be fast for a tight end. Benjamin has struggled with drops, and at press time coach Ron Rivera expressed concerns about his weight. But the team picked up Benjamin's fifth-year option, and he heads into the season as Newton's top WR, albeit with TE Greg Olsen as his top target. The Panthers also drafted pass-catching back Christian McCaffery with the eighth overall pick and slot man Curtis Samuel in Round 2, but it's unclear how their presence will affect Benjamin who typically runs deeper routes. In fact, the departure of deep threat Ted Ginn (95 targets) might free Benjamin up for more big plays -- assuming he gets in shape.
After a productive rookie season, though one plagued by dropped passes, Benjamin looked like the Panthers' No. 1 receiver for the foreseeable future. Then he tore his ACL in training camp and missed out on Cam Newton's MVP campaign. Benjamin wasn't especially efficient as a rookie, with only 7.0 YPT and two catches of 40-plus yards. But that was in a passing game that generated only 7.0 YPA (22nd) - last year's Panthers had 7.7 (8th). Benjamin isn't fast, his 4.6 40 time is below average, but at 6-5, 245, he's the biggest wideout in the league. As such, it's unsurprising he was able to leverage 17 red-zone looks and seven targets inside the 10 into nine scores as a rookie. Benjamin is on track to be a full participant in training camp, and if he proves he's all the way back we imagine he'd reprise his role as the team's top target. Last year's second-round draft pick Devin Funchess showed flashes, but never established himself, and speedster Ted Ginn made big plays but was erratic and dropped too many passes. Benjamin did have some conditioning issues during training camp, which could lead to a limited snap count early in the season.
Let's start with the positives: Benjamin is only one of eight rookie receivers since the start of the millennium to post a 1,000-yard season, and he scored nine times, largely on account of his massive 6-5, 240-pound frame. He did this in a passing game that generated only 7.0 YPA (22nd) and 23 passing TDs (T-15th). Conversely, Benjamin averaged a meager 7.0 YPT (31st among the league's 41 100-target WR), had only two catches of 40-plus yards and tied for the league lead in drops with 10. Benjamin is also on the slow side (4.6 40), though he requires far less separation from opposing DBs given his size and huge catch radius. Heading into Year 2, it was reasonable to project some improvement, but alas Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in August and will miss the 2015 season.
If any team needed to draft a receiver in the first round, it was the Panthers. With Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell gone, Carolina had 31-year old placeholders Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant atop the depth chart, but two veteran possession threats were not going to cut it on what’s presumably a contending team. Enter the 6-5, 241-pound Benjamin with the 28th overall pick. He may be on the slow side for a true No. 1 (4.6 40), and his hands and focus were questionable at times in college. But he’s a good athlete and a massive target with a huge catch radius. As long as he doesn’t underwhelm in camp, Benjamin should start out of the gate and be a frequent red-zone target.
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Ready for Week 10
WRBuffalo Bills
November 9, 2018
Benjamin (knee) practiced fully for the second straight day Friday and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.
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Turns in full practice
WRBuffalo Bills
November 8, 2018
Benjamin (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
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Limited at Wednesday's practice
WRBuffalo Bills
Knee
November 7, 2018
Benjamin was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a knee issue.
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Records 40 yards in Week 9
WRBuffalo Bills
November 4, 2018
Benjamin caught four of nine targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Bears.
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Staying put
WRBuffalo Bills
October 30, 2018
Coach Sean McDermott stated Tuesday that the Bills did not make any deals on the NFL's deadline day, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. Benjamin and running back LeSean McCoy had been possible trade targets.
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