Benjamin had already liked a lot about Buffalo

November 6, 2017

Often, when NFL players get traded to, sign with, or drafted by the Buffalo Bills, they say the only thing they know about the place is that it’s cold and snows.  Kelvin Benjamin didn’t mention any of that when he spoke with the local media for the first time Monday since being dealt to the team six days ago.  

In fact, Benjamin said what he had heard came from his former Carolina Panthers teammate Joe Webb, who is also now in Buffalo.  And it was all good.

“I didn’t know a lot about it,” Benjamin said Monday after practice.   “But as soon as I got traded, I hit Joe Webb up, and Joe Webb was like ‘man, you’re going to love it man, you’re going to love it, the people, the fans, the college-based atmosphere.’ You watch the games, don’t matter how cold it is or what their record was in the past.  The stadium was packed. That has to tell you something.  That history, that passion, and that’s what I am.”

Webb’s affinity for Buffalo, and telling Benjamin all about it, actually began well before the wideout was traded to the Bills.

“Yeah, I told him once I came over, I talked about the Bills,” Webb said.  “I told him ‘I love it here, if you were here, I know you’d love it too.’ Look what happened, he got here. I took him through the city, throughout the weekend, he loved Buffalo. He got settled in pretty good.”

After seeing his role changing in the Carolina offense, the 6-5, 245 pound Benjamin said he’s excited for a change of scenery and a fresh start.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really surprised (about being traded by Carolina). I could feel that the offense was going another direction,” he explained.  “Like I said, this is a great opportunity for me. I’m excited, coming to a new city, new team. When I got here, they had open arms, and I’m loving it, I’m excited, having fun.”

The last time the Bills made the playoffs, Benjamin was only seven years old.  He was born just nine days after the Bills played in their first Super Bowl.  Of course he wasn’t on any of this teams, but he’s already heard plenty about the drought.

“That’s the past, everybody loses,” he said. “Every organization goes on their slumps.  Even college football goes into slumps. I think the time is now. You can see it, you can just see the energy changing, you can see how these guys come to work, you can see how they play. It’s (when) that one guy makes the play, the whole team (is) running out there on the field, that says a lot.”

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