Should Atlanta Falcons target Travis Benjamin in free agency?
Let’s look at another wide receiver potentially hitting free agency, Travis Benjamin.
It’s no secret the Atlanta Falcons could do with an upgrade at the wide receiver position. It’s not a case of if they bring someone in, it’s when and who. It’s possible the Falcons look to add someone in free agency, and one target could be Travis Benjamin.
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Benjamin impressed with the Cleveland Browns in 2015, and could be exactly what the Falcons need. What stands out the most is his incredible speed and deep-threat potential. His ability to strike deep down the field keeps defensive backs on their toes. Benjamin would certainly be an intriguing player to add to Kyle Shanahan’s system.
Benjamin had a career-best season in 2015. He caught 68 passes (previous best was 18) for 966 yards and five touchdowns. In a team that struggled so much all year, Benjamin was a rare bright spot.
Now imagine him in the Falcons’ offense alongside Julio Jones, and with playmakers like Devonta Freeman helping out. Benjamin wouldn’t be relied upon to be the team’s No. 1 receiver, and it could help set him up with some shots downfield. If Freeman can play at the level he did this year in the backfield, the play-action pass would become a major possibility for Benjamin.
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The 26-year-old isn’t the best receiver set to hit free agency, that status belongs to Alshon Jeffery. But he’s a more than capable player who could help the Falcons’ passing game improve heading into next season.
Maybe the Falcons think they can find someone better in the draft, or maybe there is another free agent they have their eye on. Who knows? But one thing is for sure, you can do a lot worse than Travis Benjamin. He’s a talent and could shine in the Atlanta Falcons’ offense.
What are your thoughts on Benjamin?