Chiefs coach Andy Reid says ‘change of scenery’ can be a good for Kelvin Benjamin
The Kansas City Chiefs made a potentially huge late-season addition on Thursday afternoon with the signing of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the rest of the year.
This provides Benjamin a fresh new opportunity to get his career back on track following a rough tenure with the Bills. According to Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star, head coach Andy Reid strongly believes in that notion being the case for the fifth-year wideout.
Reid says Benjamin is 239 pounds and in good shape.
“He’s been big before. He’s a big kid. He’s in phenomenal shape. Sometimes a change of scenery can be good for a guy.”
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 7, 2018
It was an absolute struggle for Benjamin to get his footing under him in Buffalo over the one-plus seasons with the franchise as he never truly found his place within the offense in the passing game. This had been due to a mixture of factors such as his inconsistent play, nagging health issues, and lack of stability at the quarterback position among other things during his time with the team.
There had initially been the hope from the Bills that Benjamin could step firmly into being the clear-cut No.1 receiving option in the passing game, but he struggled to provide that type of production on a week-to-week basis. This had certainly been the case this season as he hauled in only 23 catches on 62 targets for 354 receiving yards and a touchdown. It was a situation where things had run their course and had abundantly clearly that Benjamin wasn’t going to be able to fulfill that massive role for the Bills.
Despite that, he is now set to join one of the league’s most explosive offenses that is lead by one of the frontrunners for this year’s MVP award in Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Meanwhile, he could quickly pick up a significant role in fulfilling the void left by wideout Sammy Watkins being out of the lineup for the next four-to-six weeks with a foot injury. This has presented a situation in front of Benjamin to where he could re-establish his value around the league while prove he could be a game-changing factor that could be a key part to a Super Bowl-caliber team.