Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Arrelious Benn will be back in the black and teal again, finally catching on with an NFL team.
Arrelious Benn has one of the more tumultuous careers in the NFL. As a young wide receiver with high potential, it was expected that Benn could immediately step in for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a second-round pick and make some magic happen.
Instead, Benn’s career was derailed by injury and he didn’t make an impact for anyone. From 2012 to 2016, Benn didn’t contribute for a single team, being placed on injured reserve repeatedly by the Philadelphia Eagles after being traded over.
2016 was when he finally caught on. Way down on the Jacksonville Jaguars depth chart, Benn managed to contribute five receptions for an astonishing 116 yards and one touchdown. That one touchdown, on an amazing fall to the ground, was a game-winner for the Jaguars.
Now he gets a one-year deal to continue with the Jags with the option for a second year. It’s the kind of extension that likely won’t get much press. It simply won’t be noticed by many people, even among casual Jags fans. Still, it’s an easy decision by the Jags front office following Benn’s knack for making key catches and his ability to contribute despite being behind bigger pass catchers Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, and Marqise Lee.
Teams become winners not because of the superstars but because of the contributing role players. Benn is a key one for the Jaguars who could see his role expanded if he keeps up his solid play. It’s great to see him finally catching on with a team, even if he hasn’t signed a monster contract.