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Benjamin conveys strong messages about his time in Carolina

Bills head coach Sean McDermott also responded to Kelvin Benjamin's comments

August 05, 2018 - 10:32 am
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The Buffalo Bills made waves at the NFL Trade Deadline when they acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers for two draft picks.

Benjamin was able to dress in six games for the Bills last season, catching 16 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown, but dealt with injury for a majority of the season as he helped get the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.

After an offseason of rehab, Benjamin is looking to get back to his game as he enters a contract year with the Bills.

However, Benjamin made some news on Saturday in an interview with Tim Graham of The Athletic. The 27-year-old wideout talked about the upcoming season and how the Bills are using him in the slot on some formations, but he also had some thoughts on his time with the Panthers. The Florida State product was open about being disappointed with his time in Carolina, and had an interesting take on his former quarterback Cam Newton.

“I mean, I felt like I would’ve been even more successful if  ... I don’t know, man… If I would’ve…Looking back at it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else.  I should’ve never went to Carolina.  Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me.  It was bad a bad fit from the get-go.  If you would’ve put me with any other Quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying?  Any other accurate quarterback like Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben - anybody! - quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball.  It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”

Benjamin was met with some fan backlash following his comments, to which he responded with a tweet:

The Panthers selected Benjamin with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Before the start of practice on Sunday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked of his thoughts on Benjamin's comments made in the article. The second-year head coach was not so pleased with what his wide receiver had to say.

"I'm not saying specific to what comments were made, there's a time and a place. This was not one of them," McDermott said. "We have a lot of respect for our opponents, number one, and everyone in the league. I've spoken with Kelvin, and that's not how I want us to handle things like that. We'll move forward as a team, and I'm hoping we've already done that."

As for Benjamin, he knew what he said, but he is moving on and focusing on the team moving forward.

"[Coach McDermott> is right," Benjamin said. "It's a scene, which can be a distraction to the team. I don't want to be a distraction to my team. I'm moving on from that, I said what I had to say, and I'm focusing on my team right now."

The Bills will open the preseason on Thursday against, none other than, the Panthers at New Era Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and you can hear the call of the game with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on WGR Sports Radio 550.

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