Benson performed well during minicamp and appears to be a realistic candidate for a roster spot, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: After Detroit invested big in DJ Chark and Jameson Williams (knee) while agreeing to extensions with Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds this offseason, there's not much space left in a wide receiver room headed by Amon-Ra St. Brown. Quintez Cephus seems like the clear favorite for a sixth roster spot at the position, but Benson could make a case for a seventh if he can establish himself as a return man during training camp.
Jun 12, 2022 9:55 PM EST
Benson caught 10 of 22 targets for 103 receiving yards over eight games in 2021.
Analysis: The Lions acquired Benson from the Broncos in the preseason, but the 24-year-old missed nine of the final 12 games due to coach's decisions and COVID protocols. His future with Detroit seems uncertain despite Benson technically having one year left on his contract.
Jan 12, 2022 10:39 AM EST
Benson (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Packers.
Analysis: Benson played in Week 17 against the Seahawks, which was his first action since Week 10. With the Lions' receiver unit fully healthy, Benson will head back to the sidelines Sunday against the Packers.
Jan 9, 2022 8:49 AM EST
Benson caught two of four targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 51-29 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Benson was one of three Lions receivers to set career highs in the receiving yardage department, but most of it was meaningless since Detroit was getting blown out before the first half ended. The East Central University product will likely move back down the depth chart if either of Josh Reynolds or Kalif Raymond is able to clear COVID protocols in time for the Lions' Week 18 matchup with the Packers.
Jan 3, 2022 10:45 AM EST
Benson is expected to see an increased role within Detroit's receiving corps Sunday against the Seahawks with both Josh Reynolds (illness) and Kalif Raymond (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: No. 1 wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown and running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are probably the safest bets to earn targets from quarterback Tim Boyle, but the likes of Benson, KhaDarel Hodge, Tom Kennedy and Javon McKinley could all see increased snaps with two starting receivers out of the lineup. Benson has played more than 29 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in all seven of his appearances on the season, but he was a healthy inactive for three straight games before sitting out the Week 16 loss to Atlanta while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Jan 2, 2022 5:50 AM EST
Benson was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: With Josh Reynolds (illness) still in COVID protocols, Benson could find himself active in Week 17 against the Seahawks as a depth piece at wide receiver. Benson has frequently been a healthy scratch of late, last seeing the field in Week 10.
Dec 29, 2021 3:36 PM EST
The Lions didn't reinstate Benson from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, making him in eligible to play Sunday against the Falcons.
Analysis: After being deactivated Thursday, Benson is one of four members of the Lions' roster that will remain on the list ahead of the team's Week 16 game. The wideout hasn't suited up for a game since Week 10, as he's either been out with a knee injury or a healthy inactive.
Dec 26, 2021 6:49 AM EST
Benson (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Benson has frequently been a healthy scratch of late, but he may not be available whatsoever come Sunday against the Falcons, unless the 24-year-old wide receiver is able to promptly test out of COVID-19 protocols. He has just eight catches for 72 yards and is still searching for his first NFL touchdown.
Dec 23, 2021 3:06 PM EST
Benson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Arizona.
Analysis: Benson has slipped down the Lions' depth chart in recent weeks, particularly due to the emergence of Josh Reynolds. He has not been active since Week 10 but will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.
Dec 19, 2021 8:55 AM EST
Benson (coach's decision) is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Analysis: Benson has been managing a knee issue in recent weeks, but the injury doesn't seem to be keeping him off the field Sunday, as he practiced fully Thursday and Friday, and didn't take an injury designation into the weekend. Instead, Benson appears to have simply fallen down the depth chart at receiver, with the Lions' recent addition of Josh Reynolds effectively costing him a regular role on offense. Benson played 69 percent of the Lions' offense snaps in his most recent outing Week 10 in Pittsburgh, but he's now inactive for the third week in a row after the knee injury was attributed to his prior two absences.
Dec 5, 2021 9:15 AM EST
Benson (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Benson was limited Wednesday, but his full participation Thursday puts him on track to suit up Sunday against the Vikings. The rookie wide receiver has eight catches and is still searching for his first touchdown.
Dec 2, 2021 1:09 PM EST
Benson (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Benson hasn't played since the Lions tied the Steelers in Week 10. He was unable to practice last week, so this is a step in the right direction for the wideout. Benson will keep working toward suiting up Sunday against the Vikings.
Dec 1, 2021 1:22 PM EST
Benson (knee) will not play Thursday against the Bears.
Analysis: Benson was unable to practice Tuesday or Wednesday, setting the stage for his unavailability Thursday. The 24-year-old saw a significant snap increase in each of the Lions' last two games but with little results. That increased workload will now likely be handed to Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge.
Nov 24, 2021 12:21 PM EST
Benson (knee) was a non-participant at practice Tuesday.
Analysis: Benson was listed as a limited participant in Monday's practice, so this is a step backward for the wideout. With a short week, Benson's status is very much up in the air for Thursday.
Nov 23, 2021 1:54 PM EST
Benson (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimation.
Analysis: Benson was held out of Sunday's game against the Browns after he was a late addition to the injury report. It's not yet clear whether he'll be able to return to the field Thursday against the Bears.
Nov 22, 2021 1:27 PM EST
Benson (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Browns.
Analysis: Benson was a late addition to the injury report after being limited in practice on Friday. Despite playing at least 69 percent of wide receiver snaps the last two weeks, Benson had only managed two receptions on three targets for 17 yards. This could create extra opportunity for newly acquired wideout Josh Reynolds.
Nov 21, 2021 8:54 AM EST
Benson is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns due to a knee injury, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Benson was a late addition to the Lions' Week 11 injury report, as the knee issue rendered him a limited participant in Friday's session. After the 24-year-old was a healthy inactive Weeks 6 and 7, he's re-entered Detroit's wideout rotation in both of the past two games, handling 72 and 69 percent snap shares between those contests but drawing just three targets. Even if he's able to move past the knee injury in advance of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Benson can't be relied upon to handle meaningful volume in the Detroit passing attack.
Nov 19, 2021 1:30 PM EST
Benson caught two of three targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 16-16 tie with Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Benson remained in the rotation but he clearly ran as a secondary option behind top receivers Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Brown. However, with Josh Reynolds likely to get a chance to produce after being claimed off waivers this past week, Benson could conceivably return to being a healthy scratch as soon as Week 11 against Cleveland.
Nov 14, 2021 7:22 PM EST
Benson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: Benson has been a healthy inactive for each of the team's last two games. Geronimo Allison has taken over as the team's fifth receiver, leaving Benson without a consistent role.
Oct 24, 2021 12:02 PM EST
Benson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Bengals.
Analysis: Benson has served as a depth receiver in every game for the Lions to this point in the campaign, racking up a total of six receptions for 55 yards. However, Geronimo Allison was elevated from the practice squad prior to the team's Week 6 matchup, which will force Benson to the inactive list.
Oct 17, 2021 8:46 AM EST
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