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Will There be a Place for Travis Benjamin at Wide Receiver?


The Cleveland Browns are already locked in with their top three wide receivers: Greg Little, Josh Gordon, and Davone Bess. In terms of playing time, one of the players you have to wonder about in 2013 is Travis Benjamin.

First off, I think there is little-to-no-chance that Benjamin gets cut loose. The team needs a punt returner after the departure of veteran Joshua Cribbs, and Benjamin is going to be that guy. In limited action as a punt returner last year, Benjamin set the world on fire, including a touchdown return. It helps that special teams coordinator Chris Tabor is coming back so that Benjamin can retain that role without really having to battle for it. What about as a receiver, though?

I only named three receivers above in Little, Gordon, and Bess. Couldn't Benjamin be the fourth receiver? Yes. But there is also a lot of intrigue to players like David Nelson, Jordan Norwood, Josh Cooper, and a handful of undrafted free agents on the roster. When you consider that, Benjamin is going to have to prove to the new coaching staff that he warrants playing time on game day. So far, it sounds like he is showcasing his skills in the right way. Here are two blurbs from the media regarding Benjamin from the last set of OTAs:

Highlight of Day: Weeden completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who beat the coverage of cornerback Buster Skrine to catch the perfectly placed ball. Link

Travis Benjamin has surprised the staff with his sure hands. He may be the fastest player on the team and has been viewed as a punt returner. He did catch 18 passes last season, averaging 16.6 yards and two touchdowns. Turner is having some fun figuring out how to utilize his speed. Link

Do you think Benjamin is the favorite to be the team's No. 4 receiver, or do you think another receiver will slip ahead of him?