WR Benjamin catches on with Chiefs
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.