A target-hog seems to be brewing in Buffalo, as Kelvin Benjamin dominated against his former team to open up the Bills’ first preseason drive. He finished the night with 4 receptions, 59 yards, and a TD in under a quarter of play, looking like an “Alpha X” Target ready to be unleashed. His “Usage” and “Surrounding Talent” scores receive a healthy boost, as well as “Coaching Scheme” after the Bills flashed overall aggressiveness on offense.
Though Benjamin’s final stats were highly impressive, the manner in which he compiled them was equally imposing. On the Bills’ opening drive, QB Nathan Peterman went 7/7 for 65 Yds + 1 TD, and Benjamin accounted for the vast majority of his looks and production. After opening with a 10-yard completion, Peterman looked to Benjamin on his next three passes, which the monstrous target hauled in for 31 total yards — including a 14 yard pick-up on a 3rd-and-7. After a few dink-and-dunks and a missed deep ball to other targets, Peterman returned to his man, lobbing a beautiful fade ball to hit Benjamin right in the bread-basket and in stride for the score. This gorgeous 28-yard TD capped off a highly impressive opening drive, and suggested the Bills might not be the dumpster fire offense we’d previously expected. Encouragingly, five of Petermans’ first eight throws traveled 10+ yards, and the Bills continued attacking vertically all game, especially when cannon-armed Josh Allen entered the game. If this offense can maintain the momentum and remains aggressive, expect Benjamin to flourish, especially if he continues receiving Target Showers like last night.
Already, Benjamin rises from 110 to 82 overall (+28 spots) on the Big Board, with room to continue climbing if this dominance continues.