Cleveland Browns wide receiver
Known as speedy wide receiver when he came out of the University of Miami (Fla.), the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Benjamin has shown a fearlessness in going into traffic to make a catch and an ability to hold onto the football when absorbing a hit.
During Friday night’s preseason-opening 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, Benjamin again showed speed and the ability to make plays down the field.
“Travis looked, in this game, like we’ve seen him look in practice and I think that’s an encouraging thing because he’s been able to bring it to the game,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said following the win in the Great Lakes Classic. “He looked fast on the return; he caught the ball well, caught the ball with his hands. He did some of the things we’ve seen him do in practice here in the game and so, that’s a credit to him.”
Benjamin’s first big play came in the passing game.
On the Browns’ first possession, quarterback
“Benjamin’s going through the paces and crossing the hurdles like you like to see a young player,” Shurmur said. “He caught our eye in the offseason, made strides in the first couple of weeks and then, came out in the game and did some good stuff.”
Later in the first quarter, Benjamin returned a kickoff 32 yards before being run out of bounds.
He ended the game with two catches for 46 yards and two kickoff returns for 55 total yards.
“We’ve just got to hold back a little bit,” Shurmur said of Benjamin. “Once you’ve seen him do a couple of things well, you want to see consistency; you want to see durability. You want to see all the other things you can for a guy that’s going to make your team and play a 16-game regular season.”