WR Ben­jamin catches on with Chiefs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Pro Football -

Kelvin Ben­jamin went from catch­ing passes from Josh Allen and Nathan Peter­man on a Buf­falo Bills team go­ing nowhere to haul­ing in heaves from Pa­trick Ma­homes on a Kansas City Chiefs team bar­rel­ing to­ward the play­offs.

Ben­jamin signed a one-year con­tract with Kansas City to fin­ish out the sea­son Fri­day, just days af­ter the 2014 first-round pick was re­leased by Buf­falo. It brought an end to yet an­other 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 Bal­ti­more Ravens Sun­day.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid said there is a chance Ben­jamin could be ready to play by next week, even though it will be a quick turn­around for a Thurs­day night game against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers. But the Chiefs could be with­out No. 2 wide re­ceiver Sammy Watkins (foot) for a while.

Ben­jamin had 23 catches for 354 yards and one touch­down this sea­son.

The Bills re­leased him when they de­cided to use the re­main­der of an­other dis­ap­point­ing sea­son to look more closely at younger play­ers. He was mak­ing $8.5 mil­lion in the fi­nal year of his con­tract and will play for for a frac­tion of that down the stretch for Kansas City.


Chicago re­moved quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky from their in­jury list Fri­day, clear­ing the way for a start Sun­day night against the Los An­ge­les Rams. Coach Matt Nagy said there should be no lim­i­ta­tions on Tru­bisky, who missed the past two games with a right shoul­der in­jury.


New York’s start­ing quar­ter­back Sun­day against the Buf­falo Bills is still to be de­ter­mined, but all signs in­di­cate that it will be rookie Sam Darnold suit­ing up, who was a full par­tic­i­pant at prac­tice all of this week af­ter miss­ing three con­sec­u­tive games with a strained right foot. Head coach Todd Bowles de­clined, how­ever, to an­nounce Fri­day whether it will be Darnold or Josh McCown mak­ing the start. Mean­while, line­backer Dar­ron Lee has been sus­pended four games by the NFL for vi­o­lat­ing its sub­stance-abuse pol­icy.

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