Travis Benjamin's 93-yard touchdown was not only the longest punt return in Browns' history -- it might have been a glimpse of the future.
Josh Cribbs, one the top returners in the NFL, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He ranks seventh in kickoff returns and fifth on punt returns. But Cribbs will probably demand more than this season's $1.5 million salary.
The Browns have to be intrigued by the potential of Benjamin, even though they haven't used him much in the return game. His touchdown came off his third punt return of the season. He also had a 40-yard punt return this season.
Benjamin, a fourth-round pick, was the main returner at Miami, where he averaged 23.7 yards on kickoffs and 11.0 yards on punts.
“He’s the fastest man I’ve ever seen,” Browns running back Trent Richardson said. “With his speed, he gets an edge and he’s gone.”
STAT THAT STICKS: 12.7 -- Average points allowed by the Browns in the three-game win streak. Cleveland has allowed four offensive touchdowns in this stretch.
OVERHEARD: “We’re starting to turn the corner to the point we know we can win. Everybody’s saying, ‘Three in a row. Wow!’ We’re saying, ‘No, we’re good.’ Once we got ahead we said, ‘Let’s blow them out, let’s finish’ and we were able to do that.” -- Cribbs to the Akron-Beacon Journal.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Browns (5-8) play the Redskins (7-6) at Cleveland Browns Stadium, where the Browns have won four times in their past five games.