The Detroit Lions have found a way to bolster their thin wide receiver room. According to a report from Mike Klis—and confirmed by the Freep’s Dave Birkett—the Lions have traded for Broncos wide receiver Trinity Benson. The price? A fifth and seventh-round pick in 2022, while getting a sixth-round pick in 2023 in return.
Benson has quietly been hanging on the Broncos practice squad since 2019 when he went undrafted out of East Central College. He’s had a particularly fruitful preseason this year, pulling in four catches for 36 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s preseason opener against the Vikings.
In Denver, Benson didn’t have much of a chance to make the roster due to the team’s depth at the position. In Detroit, he’ll have an opportunity to potentially contribute on offense. The Lions released Breshad Perriman on Monday, and they really only appear to have three locks for the roster: Tyrell Williams, rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond.
Drew Lock has looked really good so far.— Brandon Carr (@bcarr_13) August 14, 2021
Lock hits Trinity Benson rolling to his right for a 4 yard TD.
Both of his touchdowns have come off of play action which is when Lock is at his best. #NFL | #NFLPreseason | #Broncos pic.twitter.com/rQWpyeNjag
Benson could be a contributor on special teams right away, and at 6-foot, 180 pounds, he fits Detroit’s preference for a speedy receiver who could potentially spread the field deep.