Travis Benjamin goes from hero last week to blooper reel this week

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Travis Benjamin will keep his job as the Chargers punt returner even after making the blooper reel with one of the worst returns in NFL history.

Benjamin muffed a Ryan Allen punt, recovered at his own 8 and inexplicably ran backward into his own end zone, where Brandon King tackled him for a safety. It gave the Patriots a 9-7 lead on their way to a 21-13 victory.

“Last week he made a play on punt return to help us win the game,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said, via Eric Williams of ESPN. “This week he made a bad decision, which was a huge play in the game. You have to have some awareness of where you’re at on the football field, and he did not.”

It came a week after Benjamin earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for a 65-yard return against the Broncos. Against the Patriots, he had a 24-yard touchdown catch and had a 41-yarder called back on a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on teammate Tyrell Williams. That’s why Benjamin’s teammates came to his defense.

“It’s one of those things where no one played a perfect game,” quarterback Philip Rivers said, via the team website. “Travis and those big plays he made — the catch he made on the one touchdown that got called back was unreal. He gave us a chance late in the game again to score. He caught the touchdown. Travis was the biggest key in us winning last week offensively. He’s going to tell you that you made a bad decision, and you move on and live with it. I made some myself today. We win as a team; we lose as a team. We all had our share of mistakes. We just had too many to overcome.”

15 responses to “Travis Benjamin goes from hero last week to blooper reel this week

  1. “Against the Patriots, he had a 24-yard touchdown catch and had a 41-yarder called back on a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on teammate Tyrell Williams.”

    Somebody needs to go look at the video. Williams ran straight into Bademosi. Bademosi contacting Chung afterwards was the direct result of his being run into.

  2. In addition to Benjamin’s punt return for a safety, he also failed to get out of bounds as the Charges were trying to drive for a game tying score without any time outs. There were at least a dozen plays that doomed the Chargers beyond the mistakes of the intelligence challenged Benjamin. The Chargers are a remarkably poorly run organization from top to bottom. Here’s what my son and I saw while watching this train wreck of a team:

    1. Failure of LB’s to cover RB’s out of the backfield.
    2. Bosa jumping offsides on 3 & 5 with 3:21 remaining in the game.
    3. Too many men on defense – twice.
    4. 3rd and 2 and the Chargers go wildcat; Gates and Henry block no one. RB gains a yard.
    5. WR goes out of bounds, is the first one to touch the ball. Penalty and loss of down. It negates a possible TD.
    6. A special teams block in the back (and hold) – on a fair catch.
    7. Rivers literally knocking the ball out of his own hand and then recovering his fumble for a 20-yard loss.
    8. Rivers trying to atone for his stupidity by throwing to a WR covered by SIX (seriously) Patriots defenders. Could maybe another player have been open on that play?
    9. Penalty for running an obvious pick play.
    10. Offensive pass interference.
    11. Horrible kickoffs.
    12. Zero technique or effort to tackle an opposing player.

    This group of dumb players are coached by equally dumb coaches. I feel just as dumb for having watched the game.

  3. Seems like Philip rivers is ending the game with a game clinching interception and him ripping his helmet off at least one time a month. The guys play is just erratic.

  4. That punt “return” was an all timer. First, he drops the punt and it bounces back a few yards. Instead of cutting his losses from dropping the punt, dude just picks it up and beelines it apparently for the other sideline but a sea of Patriot jersey swarm the “speedy” Benjamin in the endzone. There was plenty of time for him to just fall down in the field of play. Benjamin makes poor decisions like this almost every week. Don’t let the punt return TD against Denver fool you.

  5. It’s amazing how guys who have played this game their whole lives and made it to the highest level can do things just so inexplicably stupid like that.

  6. scrimshawturtle- you forgot my pet peeve, guys catching a kickoff in the end zone and running it out against the Patriots. NOT ONE TIME did they make it to the 25. Best they did was the 23. So, net loss over just kneeling every time. Until finally, right at the end of the game, they took a knee. Bad coaching. Then again, many Patriots opponents take that cheese, and Lewis did it himself once yesterday. ONCE.

  7. Against the Patriots, he had a 24-yard touchdown catch and had a 41-yarder called back on a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on teammate Tyrell Williams.
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    Weird, no one ever describes that call as questionable when the Patriots are on the ones getting jobbed by the officials. The biggest shocker is that it was even called…

  8. Benjamin and the Chargers got screwed big time by bad calls in this game. The Chargers should have had an attempt at a long field goal, at the end of regulation, to win the game, instead of a hail mary attempt to tie things up. The NFL controls the refs, and the refs control the games. It’s all crooked.

  9. sheetolay says:
    October 30, 2017 at 7:49 am
    You can take the player out of Cleveland but you can’t take the Cleveland out of the player
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    you can take the player out of the cheating pats, but you cant take the cheating pats out of the player

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