The countdown to kickoff continues with a special focus on special teams (see what I did there?). Travis Benjamin makes it to the top three of the countdown of newly acquired Chargers as we talk about his ability to help the ailing special teams, specifically the punt return game.
The free agent wide receiver found success in Cleveland last season with 68 receptions and 966 yards, being a favorite target of the troubled Johnny Manziel. As a punt returner, he returned 28 punts, 324 yards total for an average of 11.6 yards per return and one touchdown.
Meanwhile, San Diego had team totals of 20 returns, 84 yards, 4.2 yards per return and no touchdowns; last in the league in all aspects except touchdowns. At the helm of the punt return strategy was the once electric and exciting returner Jacoby Jones, who only returned 5 punts totaling -4 yards. Jones’ lack of production led the Chargers to waive him mid-season.
With Benjamin, the Chargers are looking at increasing the production of the return game, something that he did all by himself in Cleveland. Additionally, he makes a great slot receiver, or possibly a number 2 receiver. Last season, the leading receiver was running back Danny Woodhead, a result of Keenan Allen’s season ending injury. With Allen healthy and Benjamin on the other end (or slot), expect quarterback Philip Rivers to make rounds to his targets, especially his brand new one.
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