"I'll be honest with you, I don't like my career" to this point, Benn said. "I got to stay healthy. I haven't stayed healthy. I've had a problem with injuries. And when I was healthy and out there, I made plays, and I was consistent."
Benn's best season was 2011, when he made 30 catches for 441 yards and scored three touchdowns in 14 games. He played just eight games in 2012, catching only four passes for 26 yards. He ended the season on injured reserve after he hurt his right knee.
The decline in production soured Benn's stint in Tampa Bay, and it appeared that he and the team were ready to move on. Benn expected a change to occur.
"I just needed a change of scenery, I just needed a fresh start," Benn said. "The situation just wasn't going right."
If healthy, Benn offers a dimension that only Riley Cooper offered last season for the Eagles: a big, physical threat. Benn also can line up in the slot, where his combination of size and speed could create a mismatch. In addition, Benn offers run-after-the-catch ability. He averaged more than 6 yards after the catch in each of his three seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
Of course, none of that matters if Benn cannot reach the field. Beset by shoulder and knee injuries, he has not played a full schedule in his three seasons, and Benn has spent this offseason trying to figure out ways to stay healthy.
"The old thing wasn't working," Benn said. "I'm finding new ways to stay healthy."
Benn said he was not injury-prone as a college standout at Illinois, so there were not medical concerns before he arrived in the NFL.
The Eagles offer a fresh opportunity, with a new coaching staff and a receiving corps that can be bolstered. But unless Benn stays healthy, his career will continue going the wrong way.
"It's no secret to me," Benn said of his injuries. "I know that, I'm going to be honest with myself."
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