Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is not pleased with receiver Kelvin Benjamin questioning why the Carolina Panthers drafted him Pernell McPhee Jersey , and criticizing former teammate Cam Newton's accuracy.
McDermott says "there's a time and a place" to discuss those things, adding "this was not one of them." McDermott says he's informed Benjamin this is not how he wants his players to air their grievances.
McDermott spoke Sunday before the Bills returned to practice following a day off, and two days after Benjamin voiced his criticisms in an interview with The Athletic.
Benjamin was quoted as saying getting drafted by the Panthers was "a bad fit from the get-go," when asked to assess his final 2陆 seasons in Carolina. Without mentioning Newton specifically, Benjamin said he could have been more productive with "any other quarterback."
He then pinpointed several star quarterbacks, including Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, in saying they had the knowledge and accuracy of placing a pass to a spot that makes it easier for a receiver to catch the ball.
The Panthers' first-round pick in 2014 Jay Novacek Jersey , Benjamin set team records for rookies with 73 catches, 1,008 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He missed the entire 2015 season with a left knee injury, and totaled 95 catches for 1,416 yards and nine touchdowns in his next 24 games before being traded to Buffalo in October.
Benjamin previously told The Associated Press he asked to be traded.
McDermott said one issue he had with Benjamin's comments is that the Bills open their preseason Thursday hosting Carolina.
What makes Benjamin's comments more awkward is McDermott and Bills general manager Brandon Beane previously worked together for the Panthers. McDermott spent six seasons as Carolina's defensive coordinator before being hired by Buffalo in 2017.
Beane was the Panthers' assistant general manager, and had a hand in drafting Benjamin.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has plenty of challenges as he enters his fourth season. From a behavioral standpoint, he can’t afford to make another mistake. From an image standpoint http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/taco-charlton-jersey , he can’t afford to create the impression that he believes he should be insulated from criticism for his past behavioral lapses.
Enter Friday’s kerfuffle regarding the presence of a “Jameis Against The World” T-shirt at one of Winston’s pre-training camp workouts. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times wrote a balanced column about the situation, pointing out that some fans have no issue with the T-shirt, and that some regard the T-shirt as evidence that Winston was and still is tone deaf.
On that point, Winston saw fit to react to Auman on Twitter with this, via JoeBucsFan.com: “we making T shirt articles now. Come on I know your getting anxious for the season like me too. #assumptions”
As to the T-shirt, it’s a close question. Given that Winston will serve a three-game suspension for sexually assaulting an Uber driver, the best approach may be to assume a low profile http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/connor-williams-jersey , and to do nothing that would constitute anything other than full and complete contrition for his conduct and acceptance of his punishment. Which would mean that a T-shirt proclaiming “Jameis Against The World” (even if it was produced by the NFLPA for a variety of players) probably shouldn’t show up in any video from a pre-training camp workout posted by Winston to Instagram.
As to Winston’s reaction, the question isn’t nearly as close. At this specific stage of his career (and it’s a stage that will last a while), he needs to always take the high road. He needs to have thick skin. He needs to understand why people are calling him out, and he needs to accept it.
Many think Winston should have gotten more than three games. Some (me) think the league uncharacteristically struck a deal for three games instead of dropping the hammer for six game or more in part to shield Winston from what could have been #MeToo-era pressure on the Bucs to cut him and on all other teams to shun him, if the league had written and published a lengthy, detailed, and graphic account of everything it believes Winston did.
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Indeed, if Winston will show unnecessary sensitivity when it comes to a Tampa columnist raising a fair question about a misguided wardrobe choice by Winston’s trainer, what will Winston do when he walks into a stadium as the quarterback of the visiting team and fans let him have it? What will he do if/when some fans at Raymond James Stadium choose to do the same?
Winston’s inability to refrain from reacting to Auman’s column could be a signal that, when Winston hears the shouts and insults during the season, it may not go well. It would be wise for Winston’s agent (he currently doesn’t have one) and his team to prepare him for dealing with what is likely to come.
The best way to deal with it will be to ignore it.
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