Bills coach Sean McDermott wasn’t happy with the comments receiver Kelvin Benjamin made about his time with the Panthers and playing alongside quarterback Cam Newton.
“There’s a time and a place — I’m not saying specific to what comments were made — there’s a time and place for things like that,” McDermott said Sunday, via ESPN. “This was not one of them. We have a lot of respect for our opponents, No. 1, and everyone in the league. I’ve spoken with Kelvin and that’s not how I want us to handle things like that. So we’ll move forward as a team, and I’m hoping we’ve already done that.”
During a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic’s Tim Graham, Benjamin placed blame on the Panthers, specifically Newton, for his decline on the field.
“I mean, I felt like I would’ve been even more successful if … I don’t know, man … If I would’ve … Looking back on it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else,” Benjamin told The Athletic. “I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me. It was a bad fit from the get-go.
“If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”
Benjamin, who was traded from the Panthers to the Bills last season, had a strong rookie year in 2014, but he suffered a torn ACL and was in a decreased role the following seasons.
Benjamin tallied 48 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns last year, which was significantly down from his rookie season in which he caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.