There is only one lock to make the Bills roster, and that is even possibly in question after his comments this weekend. Kelvin Benjamin is the No. 1 receiver on the Buffalo Bills.
Benjamin joined the team midway into the 2017 season after being acquired from the Carolina Panthers. Benjamin offered hope of an upgraded passing game, but due to injuries upon arrival, that hope has been delayed until the 2018 season.
Over Benjamin’s career he’s caught 184 passes for 2,641 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benjamin was drafted in the same draft class as former Bills WR Sammy Watkins (192 catches, 3,052 yards and 23 touchdowns). While Benjamin feels like a better fit than Watkins did in Buffalo, it’s because of the Carolina connection with his current head coach and GM.
Benjamin’s recent comments just put that connection and chemistry to the ultimate test. If Benjamin had issues with how he was treated in Carolina, then he should have problems with the men running the Bills.
Benjamin remains a lock because he’s the most talented WR in the room. Beyond that his ability to convert short distance and in the red zone will be integral for any new QB that starts.
While he’s a lock as long as he’s on the roster, he can’t coast. This is the same GM who traded Watkins after Week 1 of the preseason in 2017.