Kelvin Benjamin Unloaded On Joe Judge And Feels Like He Was Set Up To Fail With The Giants After Reporting To Training Camp 3 Pounds Heavier Than When He Left Minicamp

So I blogged about Kelvin Benjamin alllllllmost making it to lunch on his first full day of training camp for the Giants. A bunch of Big J journos in the media ran with this fake tweet as what went down when Benjamin got cut.

We laughed, we cried, we instantly forgot about the Kelvin Benjamin Era with the New York Football Giants once it was all over. However, Zack Rosenblatt got an interview with Benjamin to get to the bottom of what exactly happened in a very good article you should read. Here’s Benjamin’s side of the story:

Benjamin weighed 265 pounds at the end of minicamp in June and was told by Giants staff that he needed to get down to 251 pounds for training camp. Instead, he showed up weighing 268 after putting on some muscle, Benjamin said. But Benjamin passed the Giants’ conditioning test Tuesday, he said. The test for a tight end consists of the player completing 20 50-yard dashes in under seven seconds. Benjamin said he completed those tests and didn’t hear anything about the Giants being unhappy with his weight. So he ran out for practice on Wednesday, and Judge pulled him aside. They talked for a little bit and waited for Gettleman to come over.

Now I fully admit this could be me reading this article with Big Blue colored glasses as both a Giants fan that wants the team to succeed and a Giants blogger that doesn't want Coach Judge yelling at my fat ass to run laps for not being a team player. But did Kelvin Benjamin think this interview was going to make him look better? Granted, this is coming from someone who hasn't understood why Kelvin Benjamin has done a bunch of stuff in his career. However, if your boss tells you to drop 14 pounds for camp and you show up 3 pounds heavier than when you left, he probably isn't going to be happy. 

I'm not bulk shaming Kelvin Benjamin either because I mean look at me. Besides, everyone knows that muscle weighs more than fat and Kelvin was clearly just accumulating mass for his new position. 

Judge “was like: ‘We’re gonna fine you for being 17 pounds overweight.’ I was like: ‘How are you going to do that?’” Benjamin said. “I said: ‘So you want me to be a smaller tight end than when I played wide receiver.’ He had nothing to say. He quieted down.”

“He didn’t even talk to me [Tuesday],” Benjamin said. “The day before practice, he didn’t bring all of this up. I just felt like the dude didn’t like me. Mr. Gettleman knew exactly what went down. Everybody in the building was telling me I looked great. I was feeling good. It’s crazy how they twisting the narrative about everything like it’s a joke. They make it seem like we don’t even matter. That’s the thing about humanity, man.”

“I was like: ‘What do you want me to do?’” Benjamin said. “I’m like: ‘I’m trying everything I can to be here. You won’t even let me on the field to show what I can do. I played receiver at 268 [pounds] and I almost had 1,000 yards [in 2016]. So why do you want me to come back at 251 at tight end?’”

Despite making all those #gainz, if you have bounced around the league with weight issues and are probably on your last shot at an NFL check, you should probably just do whatever your new boss tells you to do in order to keep your job, no matter what you did half a decade ago for a completely different team. Like if Portnoy told me to stop tweeting so much and I tweeted more than I did beforehand, I would probably expect to get fired. JK, you have to really fuck up to get fired here at Barstool.

Nonetheless, that's what happened to poor Kelvin and it may be the last we see of him in the NFL.

Benjamin said the experience with the Giants soured his feelings about the NFL. He doesn’t intend to pursue any more opportunities in the league.

Not sure I can blame his bitterness after seeing such a blatant sign of disrespect by the people in the Giants media department.

Benjamin also claimed he didn’t drop any passes in minicamp and felt like the Giants purposefully never highlighted that on social media.

I get force fed highlights any time the Giants are on a field and they somehow didn't show a clip of Kelvin Benjamin making a catch at half speed. For shame! Then again, there is a chance the social media team knew if they showed a Giants tight end that actually caught every ball thrown to him, the G-Men would have their hands forced to keep Benjamin and maybe even start him over their "Pro Bowl" tight end who can't catch a cold.


Nonetheless, at the end of the day Kelvin Benjamin is no longer a Giant and he fired a couple of parting shots at Coach Judge.

“I have a perspective on Joe Judge,” Benjamin said. “He’s not a coach that can ever win a Super Bowl because he sits there and cusses all day. You can tell he’s one-sided about everything. He’s a know-it-all. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. We all can learn from each other. We’re all humans at the end of the day. The true colors will come out.”

Again, this is coming from someone that will die/kill for Coach Judge. But to me, Kelvin Benjamin comes off saltier than a Popeye's biscuit. I'm sure there will be a few people in the media looking for hate clicks about the Giants that will argue Benjamin's experience with the G-Men was much more accurate than the dozens of players who are actually on the team that love Coach Judge and also ignore that this isn't the first time Benjamin has nuked a bridge on his way out of town.

Despite all that, everyone knows Kelvin Benjamin has always had a great eye for talent.

I'm not saying Kelvin is getting an invite to the Daniel Jones Hype Group, but I'm not sure if he is banned for life like I initially thought he would be while reading the first few paragraphs of that article.