Kelvin Benjamin calls time with Giants “a hoax,” bashes Joe Judge

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The Giants signed Kelvin Benjamin on May 17. They cut the tight end before the end of their first training camp practice.

Benjamin blames Joe Judge, saying the head coach tried to “sabotage me to get me out of there.”

“I just felt like from Day 1, once I stepped on the field, once I put on the colors, he never liked me,” Benjamin told Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media. “He didn’t even want me there.”

Judge spoke to the media before Benjamin was cut Wednesday, so Judge has not addressed Benjamin’s departure yet.

General Manager Dave Gettleman drafted Benjamin in the first round with the Panthers in 2014. The Giants signed Benjamin, who hadn’t played in the NFL since 2018, after giving him a tryout at their rookie minicamp.

Benjamin, 30, played receiver before this year.

Benjamin said he weighed 265 pounds at the end of the mandatory minicamp in June, and the Giants wanted him at 251 pounds. He instead showed up to training camp weighing 268, Benjamin said, after adding muscle.

Benjamin passed the Giants’ conditioning test Tuesday, he said, but Judge told him Wednesday the Giants were fining him for being 17 pounds overweight. The Giants also wouldn’t let him practice.

“To be honest, man, I just felt like it was all a hoax,” Benjamin said. “I felt like they didn’t give me a chance. I finished the conditioning. I finished all of that. I did what I was supposed to do.”

Benjamin, who said he does not plan to pursue any other NFL opportunities, bashed Judge on his way out the door.

“I have a perspective on Joe Judge,” Benjamin said. “He’s not a coach that can ever win a Super Bowl because he sits there and cusses all day. You can tell he’s one-sided about everything. He’s a know-it-all. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. We all can learn from each other. We’re all humans at the end of the day. The true colors will come out.”

23 responses to “Kelvin Benjamin calls time with Giants “a hoax,” bashes Joe Judge

  1. I was going to talk trash but this is really sad. Does he really believe it’s everyone’s fault but his? Now a 30 year old player doing the same stuff and not one person was kind enough to say stop acting this way….

  2. He was out of the league for 2 years, and a very longshot to make the team. The team wanted him to lose weight, and he decided to gain weight. Benjamin has no one to blame but himself.

  3. Doing everything you were supposed to do must not include complying with specific instructions about weight.

  4. Judge is a clown. The Giants will be searching for yet another head coach in no time.

  5. I might not like the message, and I might not particularly like the messenger, but there still might be some truth to what he’s saying.

  6. “He’s not a coach that can ever win a Super Bowl”

    Career highlights and awards:
    3× Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII)

  7. I can only imagine what the rest of the comments will be on this article. But I feel for Kelvin. He’s been a large man his entire life, in a sport dominated by large men. Despite being a productive player, he developed a reputation for being overweight and lazy among Twitter geeks, solely due to his natural body type and the position he played.

    Now he’s a TE… so if he’s 6’5 265, why aren’t we praising him for being the same size as Gronk, the greatest TE of all time?

    PS his take on Joe Judge is spot on.

  8. The team tells him to come back at 251lb, he reports at 268lb, and then has the audacity to say that “I did what I was supposed to do”. What part of “Hey Kelvin, we want you to be at 251lb when you report back to training camp” did he not understand?

  9. Hmmmm….team is giving you a chance at a new position, and requests you to come in at 251 lbs. ( when you were 265). You decide to gain 3 more pounds instead of losing 14. Then you are upset about being fined? You had an uphill fight to make the roster and had been out of the league for the past 2 seasons. Perhaps demonstrating you could follow direction would have been helpful

  10. judge is cooked. he’ll be done by the bye then he can go back to doing whatever it is that he used to do. hopefully maraboy will keep gentleman around for another decade.

  11. This guy was a knucklehead for the entirety of his highly disappointing career.

    What would he know about super bowls?? At least Joe judge has a couple of rings to show for it

    Just no accountability ever with this guy which is why he hasn’t played since 2018 and now he burned his final chance in the NFL.

  12. In his short time with the Bills, he was lazy and out of shape. I have never seen such a big guy play so small. I am not the least bit surprised that he takes no responsibility for this latest failure.

  13. 1st- Love the pun- “Mandate to lose weight. Gains weight instead. Who is being obtuse? ” Get it, get it??

    2nd- So, Judge gets you ON the team only to try and get you OFF the team? Sounds like todays generation.

  14. Hope you saved your money your NFL days are over face it your not that good nor were you ever anything great ok talent got you this far be great full for what you received which is a lot more then most ever got.

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