Benjamin brings much-needed speed

Looking to add more explosiveness and speed to the offense and special teams, Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco signed former Browns wide receiver/kick returner Travis Benjamin to a four-year contract on the first day of free agency. Coming off a career-best season where he set career-highs with 1,302 all-purpose yards, 68 receptions, 966 receiving yards and five touchdown catches, Benjamin is expected to have a major impact both as a receiver and punt returner.

A former fourth-round pick out of Miami, the 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound Benjamin is a three-time AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and the older brother of Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. MilitaryPress reporter Art Garcia Jr. caught up with Benjamin prior to the season opener in Kansas City to ask him a few questions.

Art Garcia: You have been here all off-season working with your new team, how does it feel being a Charger?

Travis Benjamin: Everything’s been going good. I’m appreciative to be here and it’s a blessing for me to come in and play in an offense like this under Ken (Whisenhunt) with a quarterback like Phil (Rivers) and a receiver like Keenan (Allen) — all of us have just been coming in and getting better.

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