Kelvin Benjamin didn't join the Bills until midseason and suffered a torn meniscus in his second game. It's not his fault the Bills finished near the bottom of the league in most passing categories.
But the 6-foot-5 wideout knows why the Bills traded for him, and it wasn't to average 2.4 receptions per game.
Benjamin knew the right things to say Monday about his role in the Bills' offense going forward, but made sure he got his point across, too.
Asked at locker cleanout about the uncertain future of Tyrod Taylor, Benjamin replied, "There's questions at quarterback?" But shortly after, he acknowledged the team's struggles to sustain drives and score points could mean changes are coming.
"I definitely don’t want to get into that because you kind of want to leave that to the coaches and GMs and stuff," he said. "I mean, we all know, we all watch football: offenses are made to score touchdowns, right? That’s the No. 1 goal, ultimately. So we definitely gotta get better at that. So definitely, there probably will be changes. I know, I definitely know they’re focused on that."
Benjamin, who was acquired from the Panthers in a splash at the trade deadline, is a prime example of the team making changes. The Bills' new regime began overhauling the roster in their year with the team, and more moves are expected after the Bills finished 31st in passing yardage, 22nd in completion percentage and 22nd in points scored.
"You can just tell the urgency to get to the Super Bowl," Benjamin said after being asked for his thoughts on the way the team is being built. "And that’s the No. 1 goal, that’s supposed to be every team’s No. 1 goal. That’s where they’re trying to go. I think next year should be a big year for us."
Benjamin discussed several other points about the offense:
• He took exception to criticism on Taylor's decision to check out of a run play and throw him a fade pass from the 1-yard line during Sunday's playoff loss to the Jaguars.
"You want to throw fades," Benjamin said. "The problem is not the fade. That’s football, you just have to execute. There was multiple times we had the ball and went three-and-out. Fans can’t just be focused on one drive, you know what I’m saying? There’s time we had three-and-outs where we should’ve drove down and scored. ... That’s one drive. We almost had what 10 other series that we could’ve put points on the board."
• On if he wishes the team fed him the ball more: "I can’t say, I don’t want to get into that type of controversy with the team; I definitely want the ball but I just got here, you know what I’m saying? So kind of they already had their favorites and people they feel more comfortable with. We got OTAs, camp, so we could build that trust."
• In regard to Taylor specifically: "I don’t pull those strings," Benjamin said. "You know, my job is just to come back healthy and come back focused and whoever’s back there, if Tyrod’s back there, try to just work and get the connection down so we can go out there and try to be better."
Coming back healthy for Benjamin means having surgery to trim a torn meniscus in his right knee. He said he hopes to schedule the procedure for later this week. After that, he'll have a recovery period of about 4-6 weeks, "then I’m back running, I’m back lifting, back strong," he said.
"I like it here in Buffalo," Benjamin added. "I got one more season here next year, so, I’m going to prepare in the offseason, get my body back right, come back and focus and get ready for OTAs."
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