Cleveland Browns wide receiver
Benjamin returned one punt for 57 yards to set up the Browns’ first score of the game, a 30-yard
“It means a lot, knowing that I can come in and give my team great field position and make that play,” Benjamin said, “be a game-changer to put my team up on top.”
Tied at 10 with 2:41 to play in the first half, Benjamin returned Shawn Powell’s 52-yard punt 79 yards for a touchdown and gave the Browns their first lead over the Bills.
After fielding the punt at the Browns’ 21-yard line, Benjamin ran from the right hash mark to the middle of the field and was able to turn upfield near the Browns’ sideline. After stepping out of one tackle and spinning his way past another, Benjamin got one final block from safety
“It was a wild punt return for us,” Benjamin said. “We knew that he just wanted to kick the ball out of bounds, and kick it away from me. I knew once I caught the ball that I had great special-teams blocks and they were going to get me a crease.
“The first time, I let him push me out of bounds, so I came to the sidelines thinking I can’t let the punter tackle me. The second time, when I came to him, I just cut back inside and I knew he missed the tackle.”
Down, 10-0, near the end of the first quarter, Cleveland’s offense was struggling to move the ball after starting quarterback
That is when Benjamin went to work, as he flipped the field position by taking it from Cleveland’s 12-yard line to Buffalo’s 31. Seven plays later, the Browns got on the scoreboard with Cundiff’s field goal.
“Fabulous,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of Benjamin. “He’s a real weapon back there, and he showed it tonight. It was a huge, huge play, and a great run. He broke multiple tackles, and obviously, you saw his speed. He’s an electrifying player and he did that tonight.”
Browns wide receiver