Bills release receivers Benjamin and Holmes

December 4, 2018

The Buffalo Bills have decided to cut bait with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. 

The team announced on Tuesday that it has released Benjamin, as well as wide receiver Andre Holmes.

Signed to the 53-man roster: DE Mike Love & CB Denzel Rice (from the practice squad)

Released: WR Kelvin Benjamin & WR Andre Holmes

Placed on injured reserve: C Russell Bodine (leg)

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— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) December 4, 2018

Acquired at the 2017 trade deadline, Benjamin has failed to live up to expectations in Buffalo after being acquired from the Carolina Panthers for a 2018 third and seventh round pick. Benjamin has wound up with incredibly underwhelming numbers in his 18 games with the Bills. The 27-year-old caught 39 passes for 571 yards and two touchdowns in parts of two seasons, but has been plagued by drops on jump balls, which is one of Benajmin's strengths in his game, and his effort has been questioned by media and fans alike. Benjamin's snap count has gradually been reduced as the season has gone on.

Benjamin also made headlines several times this season with harsh comments about his former quarterback, Cam Newton, as well as a pre-game moment where it seemed that Benjamin declined to work on routes with Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen. 

As for Holmes, he led the Bills in receiving touchdowns last season, and totaled 25 catches for 277 yards and three touchdowns in his 26 games with the Bills.

In addition to the release of Benjamin and Holmes, the Bills have placed center Russell Bodine on injured reserve, who underwent surgery to repair a fractured fibula on Monday. Bodine started 10 games on the offensive line this season, taking the job from Ryan Groy in Week 2.

To fill out the open roster spots, the Bills have signed defensive end Mike Love and cornerback Denzel Rice from the practice squad.

Rice has played in 16 games over three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns. He appeared in eight games this season with Cleveland and came up with one interception.

Love was with Buffalo in the preseason after going undrafted out of South Florida.