San Francisco 49ers: 3 possible outcomes of the Travis Benjamin signing

Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

No. 3: A 1,000-Yard Receiver

One scenario that plays out for Travis Benjamin and the 49ers, which is a tad unlikely but not out of the realm of possibility, is he becomes a starter and has a 1,000-yard season. As previously mentioned, he fell just 34 yards short of the 1,000-yard mark in 2015 with the Browns.

That proves he has the ability.

On top of that, with the Niners boasting some question marks at the position, one can recall how Kyle Shanahan helped wide receiver Marquise Goodwin nearly reach this plateau back in 2017 after the speedster was mostly little more than a No. 4 option before joining San Francisco.

Shanahan is a master of getting receivers open and allowing them to do the rest with his schemes. Receivers in his offensive system get a chance to pick up a lot of yards after the catch. Benjamin with his blazing 4.36-second 40-yard dash speed can be a deep threat, as well as run short crossing routes, for example, and pick up yards after the catch.

Many things would have to go right for Benjamin to even end up as a No. 3 receiver on the depth chart, let alone No. 2. But if the nine-year veteran were to have a solid training camp along with a solid outing in the preseason, he would make the roster.

Perhaps then some.

Another solid couple weeks of play during the regular season could see him on the field for extended amounts of time as the season progresses. And that could lead to him being a reliable target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.