Giants cut TE/WR Kelvin Benjamin, who later criticized Joe Judge's coaching ability

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Kelvin Benjamin at Giants practice
Kelvin Benjamin at Giants practice

Kelvin Benjamin's journey to transition to tight end with the Giants is over after just one day at training camp.

It was an odd scene, to say the least, as GM Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge were speaking with Benjamin on the sidelines during practice for around 10 minutes before Benjamin walked off with his head down and Gettleman behind him.

The Giants later revealed they had cut Benjamin, the former star receiver for the Panthers during Gettleman's tenure as GM in Carolina.

Benjamin later spoke to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, calling his time with the Giants 'a hoax' while offering some harsh criticism of Judge.

According to Benjamin, the Giants asked Benjamin to lose 15 pounds before training camp, but he came into camp three pounds heavier.

“I don’t want to bash anyone, but I just felt like Joe has had it out to get me since I walked into that team building,” Benjamin told NJ.com. “It never felt right. The guy never even had a conversation with me until the day they signed me.”

“I was like: ‘What do you want me to do?’” Benjamin also told NJ.com. “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?’”

As for his thoughts on Judge, Benjamin did not hold back.

“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.”

Benjamin's last taste of NFL came in 2018 with the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, when he totaled 380 yards and one touchdown over 15 games (10 starts).

Benjamin's effort came into question during that season, and he also had the worst catch rate in the league at 35 percent.

Gettleman had drafted him back in 2014, when the Florida State product broke out with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, as everyone thought he'd be one of the best NFL receivers for years to come. But he last just two and a half seasons in Carolina before getting traded to the Bills.

Now, another team might pick up Benjamin to give him a shot. But the Giants are already done with this tight end transition and moving on.