Chargers bold prediction: Travis Benjamin scores a touchdown
Benjamin is not a Chargers fan-favorite at the moment. He has been given an opportunity to be the number three wide receiver but has only two receptions for 12 yards to show for it. Benjamin has game-breaking speed, but his fear of contact, among other things, has kept him from making an impact in a game.
Knowing the Chargers’ coaching staff, he’s not going away soon, even if he keeps having quiet games. Dontrelle Inman, Geremy Davis, or practice squad member Andre Patton will have to work very hard to get on the field more often. Benjamin saw 48 percent of the snaps in Week 1, and 66 percent in the Chargers’ loss against the Lions.
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His snap count rose as a result of the team adjusting for Hunter Henry’s absence, and while newly-acquired tight end Lance Kendricks picks up the offense, the Chargers will keep rolling with three wide receiver sets more often than usual.
If he keeps seeing this much playtime, it’s only a matter of time before he burns a defender with his 4.36 seconds 40-yard dash speed and Philip Rivers finds him deep for a long touchdown.
The Chargers need to bounce back with a win this week. The bold predictions started the season well, but struck out last week. In order to bounce back as well, they will need bounce backs from Long, Tillery and Benjamin. Can everyone bounce back? Tune in to Sunday’s game to find out, and check out next week’s bold predictions article for the recap.