Sean McDermott on Kelvin Benjamin: Obviously it didn’t work

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Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin‘s time in Buffalo came to an end on Tuesday as the Bills waived him a little more than a year after they sent third- and seventh-round draft picks to Carolina in a trade for Benjamin’s services.

The Bills made the deal in hopes of acquiring a player who would produce enough to be their top wideout, but that didn’t happen. Benjamin caught 39 passes for 571 yards and two touchdowns during his time in Buffalo and those numbers didn’t leave head coach Sean McDermott with the ability to put a happy face on the move.

“Obviously it didn’t work,” McDermott said.

McDermott also said that it is important to “keep taking swings” when it comes to acquiring players and extended that to the decision to sign wide receiver Andre Holmes as a free agent last year as well. Holmes was cut along with Benjamin as the Bills have opted to close out the season with others leading the way at receiver.

15 responses to “Sean McDermott on Kelvin Benjamin: Obviously it didn’t work

  1. I understand he was the team’s second-leading receiver.

    What is their backup plan? Or is this another bit of McDermott coaching wisdom like cutting McCarron was?

  2. “Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin‘s time in Buffalo came to an end on Tuesday as the Bills waived him a little more than a year after they sent third- and seventh-round draft picks to Carolina in a trade for Benjamin’s services.”

    A 3rd and a 7th for Benjamin.

    Oh, Buffalo.

  3. McDermott was familiar with Benjamin from their overlap in Charlotte. He saw enough that the Bills were lacking, like a WR with height and reach, to take a chance. It didn’t work out. I’d say the coach tried and the player didn’t.

  4. On the surface it probably seemed to be a good deal. Benjamin was a first round pick in 2014 and had over 1000 yards receiving in his rookie season. He had almost 1,000 in 2016. The Panthers were willing to get rid of him for just a 3rd and a 7th. What does that tell you? That tells me they were glad to get rid of him. Now, the Bills saw his production and hoped a change of scenery might help like it has for numerous other players in the past. I don’t think the problem with Benjamin is his talent–it’s his attitude and lack of effort. I don’t really fault the Bills for taking a chance on a player with potential. It was probably worth the gamble. It didn’t work out for them though. You win some you lose some. Just about every team has made a trade or signing like this at some point and been burned. It’s the cost of doing business.

  5. I understand he was the team’s second-leading receiver.

    What is their backup plan? Or is this another bit of McDermott coaching wisdom like cutting McCarron was?
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    For 2018, their backup plan is to feed Zay Jones the ball. Hes improved by leaps and bounds in his second year and is starting to blossom into the WR they thought he could be. They have some younger guys and role players who have been making waves for the team in Robert Foster and Isiah McKenzie that now move up into volume positions. And they have some other rookies like Ray Ray Mccloud and Cam Phillips they can bring in for game experience.

    As for the long term solution. I think the Bills plan will be to use the pile of cap money they have this year to buy an offense. They have near $100 million in cap to spend. Randall Cobb, Devin Funchess, John Brown, Donte Moncrief and Quincy Enunwa are all FAs. And they also have semi high draft picks.

  6. The Coach and GM win some and lose some? They lose more than they win! Bad decisions by both on who they keep and who they send packing. Benjamin was a bad receiver and glad he’s gone! first right decision they made this year. The practice squad has better players than what we have now, that’s why the coach is bringing them up finally! also….now get rid of Clay.

  7. cowardly chubby injury-prone receiver playing in cold weather was never going to work.

    now he’ll go someplace and say it was allen’s fault or peterman’s fault.

    then he’ll refuse to shake hands with them the next time they meet.

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