The Buffalo Bills just shocked their fan base by making a move they kept very quiet. The team has acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers for a 3rd and 7th round draft picks.
The Buffalo Bills pulled off a trade just before the deadline, acquiring wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers.
The trade reunites Benjamin with Sean McDermott. But perhaps the most encouraging sign is that it reunites the wideout with his former assistant GM Brandon Beane.
Beane, now with the Bills, might know a little bit more about Benjamin then other GMs and perhaps that gives Buffalo an advantage.
Benjamin has quietly racked up 475 yards this year. His breakout campaign was in 2014 where he took the league by storm as a rookie. That year he racked up 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
He then missed the entire 2015 season after injuring his knee.
Benjamin comes from the very deep 2014 wide receiving class. Sammy Watkins, who the Bills traded away in the offseason, was selected in the fourth overall of that year’s draft. Benjamin was selected 28th.
The move was kept quiet all day, as very little people had heard news about it. It was not until it broke right before the deadline that the trade had become known.
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The Buffalo Bills have had a ton of players step up in lieu of the Sammy Watkins trade, however, Kelvin Benjamin is a guy with the potential to be a true No. 1 WR.
A change of scenery will help both teams. The trade is even more surprising because Benjamin is locked up for the 2018 season as well.
A majority of the Bills’ moves this season have been to trade players for picks, resulting in a slight downgrade in player talent. This time, they traded away picks and got a player upgrade.
I have heard no word on if Benjamin will be ready to play Thursday night against the New York Jets but he will be Tyrod Taylor’s go-to guy for the foreseeable future.
The move bulks up a wide receiver depth chart that really needed it. A lack of offensive weapons cost Buffalo the game in Cincinnati.
The move is not exactly a win-now move for the Bills because of the contract. He could just be part of their future.
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