Travis Benjamin may look like Josh Cribbs with dreadlocks flying out of his helmet every time he runs, but this second-year Cleveland Browns‘ punt returner is making a name for himself. In fact, Benjamin is making it so Browns fans have forgotten all about Cribbs and his highlight-reel kick and punt returns.
The Browns were given quite the blow on Thursday when their starting quarterback Brian Hoyer exited the contest with a self-inflicted knee injury after a bogus slide attempt. However, Cleveland managed to score 17 points in the first half alone with six coming off of a Benjamin kick return for a touchdown and six more coming after Benjamin set the Browns’ offense up with ideal field position.
So, the question now becomes how exactly the Browns plan on using Benjamin in their offense?
We’ve seen return specialists across the NFL such as Patrick Peterson, Dexter McCluster and Devin Hester see plenty of offensive snaps with their respected teams. In fact, Denver Broncos return specialist Trindon Holliday has even hinted at the Broncos having an offensive package in which Holliday takes direct snaps as well.
If you can recall; Cleveland struggled to get Cribbs in their offense as he only had more than 450 receiving yards twice in his seven-year NFL career — all with the Browns. Let’s see if Benjamin is a Browns’ returner that is here to stay or if he flares out.