Buffalo Bills: Kelvin Benjamin struggling to make any impact on offense

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The Buffalo Bills are getting better on offense as a whole, but the supposed number one receiver has not done much of anything all season.

It is no secret that the Buffalo Bills don’t exactly have a dominant force at the wide receiver position.

Zay Jones did step up on Sunday with two touchdown receptions, so that was a positive. The problem is that Kelvin Benjamin, who is supposed to be the number one receiver, continues to get worse as time goes on.

Benjamin finished Sunday’s game with 20 yards on two receptions. He continues to look slow, doesn’t fight for balls in the air, and is prone to drops at key moments.

Sunday’s performance continued a disturbing trend on the year. Not only has Benjamin failed to reach 100 yards in any game this year, but his highest total is 71 yards, and that came in a blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

His 20 yards in Miami did not even constitute his worst game of the year. In fact, it was only his fifth-lowest mark of of the year.

Players like Jones, Robert Foster and even Isaiah McKenzie are getting more looks from Josh Allen as Benjamin appears to have no chance of being retained by the Bills in 2019. That was clear early on in the year, and all hopes of any sort of turnaround have faded away with each passing week.

It is honestly bizarre to watch. He does not look anything like the receiver he was in Carolina, which is perhaps why the Panthers traded him in the first place.

It is tough for an offense to succeed when the No. 1 receiver performs at the level of someone who may not crack any other NFL roster. This leaves wide receiver as one of the top positions to target in the 2019 NFL Draft. The team may even take several receivers early on. Zay Jones is the only player who is assured a spot, and even he doesn’t have a firm grasp on one of the starting roles if better talent is brought in.

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No one wants to see Benjamin fail. But at this point it may be better for him to do just that so the Bills have no reason to retain him for next season and beyond.