After two practices and some individual work, Kelvin Benjamin is feeling good about his grasp of what he needs to know for his debut as a receiver for the Buffalo Bills Sunday.
"(Receivers) coach Phil (McGeoghan) is doing everything he can to get me ready and get me comfortable," Benjamin, who joined the Bills in a trade with the Carolina Panthers last week, said after Wednesday's practice. "They just want me to be comfortable and don't put too much pressure on myself, play with good confidence and that's what I'm trying to do — just trying to have fun with it.
"The playbook is coming along very well to me."
Benjamin, who is expected to start against the New Orleans Saints at New Era Field, said there was nothing particularly complex about the learning process. He said the Bills have minimal "hot reads," where receivers have to adjust their routes based on anticipation of a blitz, and pass patterns don't vary greatly from team to team.
"Most playbooks pretty much run the same patterns," he said. "It's pretty much they just (have) different concepts. So one team may call (a route) 'Light Bug' and another team may call it 'Rabbit.' It's just learning the concept."
The 6-foot-5 Benjamin sounds confident about how quickly he is developing chemistry with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The receiver said their timing has been "real good" in practice.
"Tyrod, he's always been an on-time thrower," Benjamin said. "The timing's always going to be there. ... I've got long arms and stuff. If it's not, I'll (still) get it."
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Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn missed his second practice of the week with foot and ankle issues.
Asked if Glenn had suffered any sort of a setback, coach Sean McDermott said, "He's got some soreness in there. We're just trying to take it one day at a time."
Wide receiver Zay Jones, listed with an ankle injury, also sat out of practice for the second time this week.
Tight end Charles Clay (knee) and cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring) were limited in practice.
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Asked if the offensive line — which gave up seven sacks in last Thursday night's loss against the New York Jets, needs to play better with or without Glenn — McDermott said, "I think we all need to play better. I need to coach better, and that’s the part of growing as a football team; building as a football team into what we’re trying to become as a football team. To say we’re where we need to be, we’re not where we need to be. We’ve had moments, just like the offensive line has had moments. That’s what we’re looking for as we practice (Wednesday, is to continue to establish the standard, really."
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Saints coach Sean Payton said he prepared a PowerPoint presentation for his players to help give them a greater appreciation of the history of the stadium in which they'll be playing Sunday.
"The passion there is fantastic," Payton said during a conference call with Western New York media. "And there's a niche and it's special and it's unique. So many of these younger players are coming into the league and they may not have that same appreciation for some of these different venues and we try to point out these are historic places where there's been a lot of great games and teams over the years."
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The 6-foot-1 Taylor, who is similar in physical stature to 6-foot Saints quarterback Drew Brees, has drawn plenty of inspiration from his New Orleans counterpart.
"Drew is one of my favorite quarterbacks (of) all time," Taylor said. "(He’s) somebody that I definitely watched growing up. Had a chance to meet him a couple years ago, and actually see some of the things he does in the offseason and how he works and how he approaches the game. Definitely somebody that I admire. But this week, we get a chance to go against each other, team-wise, and I’m excited for the matchup that this team presents."
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Payton on newly acquired Bills running back Travaris Cadet, a sixth-year NFL veteran who played 58 of his 66 career games with the Saints from 2012 to 2016: "He's extremely smart. ... He's provided so many different roles for us. He's a great teammate, he's got fantastic hands. There are a lot of things that he does well. The versatility is something that stands out with him. He can run routes like a receiver and then still carry the ball."