WR Ben­jamin moves from cel­lar-dweller Bills to the first-place Chiefs, sign­ing a one-year deal.

Chicago Tribune - - CHICAGO SPORTS -

Kelvin Ben­jamin went from catch­ing passes from Josh Allen and Nathan Peter­man on a Bills team go­ing nowhere to play­ing with Pa­trick Ma­homes on a Chiefs team bar­rel­ing to­ward the play­offs.

Ben­jamin signed a one-year con­tract to fin­ish out the sea­son Fri­day, just days af­ter the 2014 first-round pick was re­leased by the Bills. It brought an end to a dis­ap­point­ing run in which Ben­jamin strug­gled with one of the high­est drop rates in the NFL.

“I guess you could say I saw it com­ing,” Ben­jamin said af­ter his first work­out with the Chiefs, who are pre­par­ing to play the Ravens on Sun­day. “(The Chiefs) came pretty quick. I came for a visit, I liked what I saw. I liked what I heard.” He liked ev­ery­thing about the sit­u­a­tion. Ma­homes has al­ready proven him­self to be one of the league’s most ex­cit­ing quar­ter­backs, and Ben­jamin called the Chiefs of­fense “dy­namic.” He also has the sup­port of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who said he one more change of scenery might fi­nally un­lock the po­ten­tial that Ben­jamin has been scratch­ing at for years.

“He’s been good against us, No. 1,” Reid said. “A big, phys­i­cal player. You add him to the mix, he comes in, he’s ex­pe­ri­enced and he’s been a good foot­ball player at this level.” Darnold not a lock: The Jets’ start­ing quar­ter­back against the Bills is still to be de­ter­mined. Coach Todd Bowles de­clined to an­nounce whether it will be rookie Sam Darnold or Josh McCown.

“We’ll de­cide that on Sun­day,” Bowles said. If Darnold plays, it would be his first game ac­tion since be­ing in­jured Nov. 4 against the Dol­phins. Darnold was re­placed for the last three games by McCown, who had one touch­down pass and four in­ter­cep­tions while the Jets went 0-3.

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