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The Buffalo Bills cut Kelvin Benjamin with four weeks

Posté : 15 juil. 2019 08:32
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(AP) — left in the season in an indication of how poorly the receiver underperformed during his 13 months with the team.The move, announced by the Bills on Tuesday, came as a surprise only in its timing for a player who was not expected to be re-signed by the team once his contract expired following this season.Benjamin had just 23 catches on 62 targets for 354 yards and one touchdown, and was knocked for several drops as well as running poor routes this season.He has topped 50 yards receiving just once — a five-catch, 71-yard outing in a 37-5 loss at Indianapolis in October — and finished with two or fewer catches nine times in 12 games this season.That wasn’t the type of production the Bills were expecting from the 2014 first-round draft pick they acquired in a trade with Carolina on Oct. 31, 2017.Rather than re-establish himself as a top threat following three-plus inconsistent seasons in Carolina, Benjamin wound up being surpassed on the Bills depth chart by second-year receiver Zay Jones, rookie Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie, who was claimed on waivers last month.Benjamin had a combined three catches for 52 yards in his past three games.Buffalo also cut veteran receiver Andre Holmes ... -ii-jersey , who was mostly used on special teams, and placed starting center Russell Bodine on injured reserve. Bodine broke his leg in a 21-17 loss at Miami on Sunday.The Bills (4-8), who host the New York Jets (3-9) on Sunday, filled two of the roster spots by promoting defensive end Mike Love and cornerback Denzel Rice from their practice squad.Benjamin’s work ethic was questioned.Before a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14, a television reporter tweeted an exchange she said she overheard during pregame warmups. The reporter tweeted Benjamin said no when rookie quarterback Josh Allen asked him if he wanted to work on routes.Benjamin and the Bills refuted the story.Four days later, Benjamin was the first receiver off the field following practice while others spent additional time working out with then-backup quarterback Nathan Peterman.Benjamin’s departure comes as the Bills continue grooming Allen, who will make his third start after missing four games with a sprained right throwing elbow. Allen has a 3-4 record and showed significant signs of improvement by going a combined 26 of 52 for 391 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in his past two games.At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Benjamin was selected with the 28th pick by Carolina and immediately showed signs of promise by finishing his rookie season with 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns — all career bests. He missed all of the 2015 season with a knee injury and then began having difficulty re-establishing himself as the Panthers’ top receiving threat.Benjamin eventually grew frustrated with his role and demanded out of Carolina Ryquell Armstead Jersey , which prompted the Panthers to trade him to Buffalo for third- and seventh-round draft picks.Overall, he has 207 catches for 2,995 yards and 20 touchdowns in 58 games. George Grande had no idea what ESPN was about to create when he anchored the first telecast of the NFL draft in 1980.“We didn’t know who or how many people would be watching,” Grande said. “For us it gave us a link to the NFL, it helped our coverage of college football and we had fun doing it.”ESPN’s coverage that first year went eight-plus hours on a Tuesday with Grande on site from the ballroom of the New York Sheraton.So much has changed since then. All three days of this year’s draft, which begins Thursday, will be carried on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network and the event itself has become a traveling road show, with Nashville hosting this time.Last year’s coverage averaged 5.5 million viewers at any given time over the three days. The first round on ESPN ... -ii-jersey , NFL Network and Fox averaged 11.2 million.The growth of the draft can largely be credited to ESPN. Mel Kiper Jr., who has been a part of the network’s coverage since 1984, has gone from working the first two rounds to being on set all three days.“To see every pick televised and talked about nonstop is incredibly amazing,” Kiper said. “I thought when I started it could be popular but not at the level it is right now. It’s almost a national holiday.”Grande, who anchored ESPN’s coverage from 1980 to 1985, said there is still a sense of accomplishment for those who worked that first draft. He will tune in on Thursday as ESPN will televise its 40th draft, sit back and smile.“There is still pride and joy because we knew how much it meant to the network,” he said.A look at what the networks are planning for this year’s draft:ROBERTS RETURN: Robin Roberts was an integral part of ESPN’s draft coverage before going to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She will host ABC’s first-round coverage, which will have a different approach than ESPN’s.While ESPN will focus on the pick and where he fits into a team’s plans Christian Wilkins Jersey , the ABC telecast will focus on the player and his family’s journey.“Your die-hard fans are still going to be serviced, but we are going to go beyond that,” Roberts said. “We talk to Nick Bosa and following the family legacy. One player had a speech impediment. We have so many vignettes to show why this moment is important.”ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew will also be part of the coverage for the first two days along with “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan and mentor Bobby Bones.ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage on Saturday for the second straight year.ESPN’S PLANS: ESPN had one remote production truck for that first year at the Sheraton. They will have seven production trucks on hand in Nashville.Trey Wingo hosts all seven rounds for the third straight year and will be joined by Kiper, Todd McShay, Lewis Riddick and Booger McFarland.Even with multiple networks airing the draft last year, ESPN still led the way during the first round with an average of 5.473 million viewers, according to Nielsen.CENTER STAGE: Daniel Jeremiah is well known among league scouts and personnel people from his years with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. He has been one of NFL Network’s draft analysts since 2013 but has moved into the lead role this year after Mike Mayock became the general manager of the Oakland Raiders.Jeremiah said his draft preparation hasn’t changed compared to past years. The only difference is when he speaks.“Mike was the guy. He would do his deal on draft day and we would fill in around it. Now instead of speaking second, I am speaking first ... ter-jersey ,” Jeremiah said. “What I can do is talk about the experience of being in the draft room and going a little bit behind the curtain of how they landed at a decision.”Jeremiah expanded his portfolio by doing radio for Los Angeles Chargers games last season. He didn’t know how it would affect his draft preparation, but discovered it actually enhanced it.“I got to study a different team every week, how they were built and their philosophy,” he said. “I also got to talk to general managers and coaches at the stadium, which was tremendously valuable.”NFL Network has done on-site coverage of the draft since 2005. Rich Eisen will once again host the proceedings with Jeremiah, Kurt Warner and Stanford coach David Shaw on the main set Thursday. Fox college football analysts Joel Klatt and Charles Davis will join Eisen and Jeremiah the following two days.