Kelvin Benjamin thinks Joe Judge is a tight end.
Now-former Giants tight end (and former wide receiver) Benjamin was released Wednesday after a fight between him and head coach Judge, but it’s apparently not the first time the two have butted heads.
After Benjamin’s release, the veteran pass receiver was scorched ground on the Giants and Judge, claiming his time in New York was nothing more than a “hoax.”
“I have a perspective on Joe Judge,” Benjamin said, via NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt. “He’s not a coach who can win a Super Bowl because he sits there and curses all day. You can tell he’s one-sided in everything. He’s a know-it-all. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. We can all learn from each other. We are all human at the end of the day. True colors will come out. “
Benjamin said the genesis of his problems with the organization revolved around his weight: Benjamin said he weighed 265 pounds after minicamp, arriving at training camp at 268 pounds. The team wanted him to lose 14 pounds between minicamp and training camp, and Benjamin said he added muscle that made his weight go up a bit.
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The Giants, in turn, would choose to fine Benjamin for arriving at camp 17 pounds overweight.
New York signed Benjamin with the understanding that he would go from wide receiver to tight end, given the added bulk of his build. You will not get your chance.
“I don’t want to hit anybody, but I felt like Joe had gone out of his way to catch me since I got on that team,” Benjamin said. “It never felt right. The guy didn’t even have a conversation with me until the day I was hired …
“To be honest, man, I felt like it was all a hoax,” Benjamin said. “I felt like I hadn’t been given a chance. I finished the conditioning. I finished all of that. I did what I was supposed to do. Everyone in the building was telling me I looked great. They never wanted the narrative to be good to me.”
Narrative or not, Benjamin will have to try to prove how good he is elsewhere.