Former Bucs WR Benn still hoping for big things
It’s often beneficial for players to be seen by another set of eyes, whether when a new coach takes over or after the player changes teams.
This is quite true in the case of former Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn, who was traded to the Eagles last week and already has received a one-year contract extension. Benn’s rookie deal was scheduled to expire after the coming season, but the Eagles decided to add another season to his contract, according to the team.
In an interview this week, Benn talked about his struggles during the past three seasons in Tampa Bay, attributing his lack of production mostly to injuries.
“If I’m being honest, I don’t like my career,” he said. “I have to stay healthy. I haven’t stayed healthy; I’ve had a problem with injuries. When I was healthy and out there, I made plays. I was consistent. But the big thing for me is to stay healthy.”
There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Benn, drafted in the second round in 2010, had his share of impressive plays in his first two seasons. However, the consistency was not always there. He had a combined 836 yards in 2010 and 2011, when he started a total of 23 games.
But Benn would disappear for long stretches before coming up with the occasional impressive play that reminded you of all the things the Bucs promised we’d see after he was drafted.
The Eagles see those things: the speed, size, explosion. But whether they’ll see them enough remains to be seen. But Benn is nothing if not coachable and hard working. If he doesn’t succeed, it won’t be for a lack of trying.
“Right now, I’m hungry to prove a lot of things, prove to people who have doubted me,” he said. “I just want to go out there and show what I can do. Stay healthy, be a team guy and have fun.”