Football fans have seen some pretty boneheaded plays in the National Football League (NFL) this season, but Travis Benjamin's today (Sun. October 29, 2017) against the New England Patriots just took the cake this year for the time being.
Over the years in his football career Benjamin has proven to be a very solid kick return specialist. During his football career in college for the University Of Miami, Benjamin was a solid receiver but never was able to get over the 1,000 yard receiving mark.
He did, however, put up big yards in the return game, averaging over 18 yards per return on kickoffs and scoring just one touchdown on a punt return in his collegiate career. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round with the 100th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Again in the NFL he wasn't able to break the 1,000 yards receiving mark on the field either. While his speed on the field both on offense and kick returning did open up the playbook for the Browns during his four-year stint with the organization, he never solidified himself as a star player.
In 2016 he decided to sign with the San Diego Chargers where he would be catching passes from longtime veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers. Despite catching a few touchdowns in each of those two seasons with the Chargers, again Benjamin wasn't able to make a significant impact on the field.
Today Benjamin and the Chargers took a trip up to New England where they faced Tom Brady and the Patriots. Benjamin put on one of the most disastrous kick returns of the year as he backpedalled into the endzone and was tackled for a safety.
Check out the play here:
The Chargers started out their season 0-4 before going on to win three-straight games against the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos. Unfortunately for the Chargers they weren't able to get the job done in New England, losing 21-13. They are now 3-5 on the season.
What are your thoughts on Benjamin's terrible safety against the New England Patriots? Do you think that he'll see a cut in playtime after this boneheaded play? And who on the Chargers could relieve Benjamin of his kick return duties if necessary? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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