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Cedric Benson aims for another 1,000-yard season

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Cedric Benson has run for 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons, all with the Bengals. Now that he’s with the Packers, Benson doesn’t expect his production to change.

I definitely have a goal to still rush for 1,000 and things like that, 1,000-plus, and set up some big numbers,” Benson said today. “I understand it’s not a run-first team and the run is not real heavy here, but there’s times where a back gets the ball 25 times. And I’m sure if things are rolling, the run game is set to a standard that we’re hoping to achieve, it could be way more carries than that.”

Last season James Starks led the Packers in rushing, with 578 yards on 133 carries. So Benson is right when he suggests that the Packers’ offense may not lend itself to a 1,000-yard rusher. But Benson says he’s in good shape and capable of being a workhorse back in Green Bay.

“I feel great,” Benson said. “I do a good job of putting a lot of effort and taking care of myself off the field, and I think it contributes on the field. It’s just kind of what you do. You grow older, playing the running back position, you understand the longevity of this position — of any position in the NFL — so you’ve got to do all you can to stay healthy.”

If Benson is as good in Green Bay as he was the last three years in Cincinnati, the Packers will have good reason to run the ball more often this season.

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49 Responses to “Cedric Benson aims for another 1,000-yard season”
  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 13, 2012 5:58 PM

    I think that he’s going to make that if he stays healthy.

  2. cali49er707 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:58 PM

    Does this guy realize what team he just signed with??

  3. cincyorangenblack says: Aug 13, 2012 5:59 PM

    he was average at best, and has become very fumble prone and is turrible in goal line situations. oh yeah, he’s a whiner and not a team first guy…pretty much oppo of what I thought GB stood for….

  4. bearsstillsuck says: Aug 13, 2012 6:08 PM

    As long as he converts on short yardage situations then he’ll be a success.

  5. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 13, 2012 6:10 PM

    Not a bad pickup. Solid RB. Limitations … sure … but there’s an upside too.

  6. cincinnasti says: Aug 13, 2012 6:12 PM

    Coming from a Bengals Fan… I think saying Benson’s production gives you a reason to run is a reach… Looking at his YPG ought to be enough for someone to see this. More often than not he ran in to a pile of defensive players for a 3 yard gain and his fumbles become a very big issue..

  7. insanelomein2 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:14 PM

    I see Rodgers having more rushing TDs than Benson this season…

  8. tangysizzl says: Aug 13, 2012 6:16 PM

    They say a Tiger can’t change his stripes but we shall see I guess.

  9. noeffinway says: Aug 13, 2012 6:16 PM

    He will be destroyed by the LIONS defense….yes he will.

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Aug 13, 2012 6:20 PM

    If Benson doesn’t have to split carries like Starks did last season with Grant and be a true workhorse like Grant was for them a few years ago, he should easily get it.

  11. chorton58 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:20 PM

    Did he watch any packers games last year….there no way he’s getting a 1000 yards with 5 wide receiver on the field

  12. couple1314 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:21 PM

    Does he realize he is running behind Marshall Newhouse?

  13. mvp43 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:26 PM

    cincyorangenblack says:
    Aug 13, 2012 5:59 PM
    he was average at best, and has become very fumble prone and is turrible in goal line situations. oh yeah, he’s a whiner and not a team first guy…pretty much oppo of what I thought GB stood for….

    ———————————-
    Yes, Green Bay typically steers away from players that are known to be distractions or have had off field issues, but they’re also a very well run team that already has a strong nucleus of quality people playing for them. That alone may push Benson to stay clean and work hard. Benson has some tread left on the tire and it could end being a important signing. If not, Ted Thompon cuts him loose. I believe he was signed for 1 year atg the vetterans minimum with no bonus? If Benson plays good, he sets himself up for a bigger and better contratc. Good for both team and player.

  14. theboysofdallas says: Aug 13, 2012 6:30 PM

    It was solid pickup and I think it’s possible

  15. bobbythedrake says: Aug 13, 2012 6:31 PM

    Everyone is down on him over character concerns but in reality Green Bay is the best place for that. Do not forget the checkered pasts of Woodson and Favre. The environment in Green Bay, while lackluster from a social aspect, may prove to be the ideal landing spot. For a veteran minimum and no commitment why not take a chance? At the worst, you cut him if he makes a bone-headed move (i.e Ocho) and take your losses on a $4,000 training camp per diem and what ever games you do get out of him. Win-Win.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:34 PM

    Doesnt he.know that offense throws the ball 85% of the time and hes not very good catching the ball out the backfield…he should at least aim for half that number

  17. getadealdonealready says: Aug 13, 2012 6:34 PM

    This just seems like an odd fit to me, a team that prides itself on not signing FA’s, picks up a potential cancer in the locker room. He doesn’t have particularly good hands, or blocking skills which will make him a liability in 4-5 WR sets, and his ability to pick up the tough yards in running situations greatly decreased over the past couple years. I guess we will see what happens.

  18. favreblows says: Aug 13, 2012 6:41 PM

    Benson will rush for 1100 yards and 12 TDs. Book it.

  19. ishallcomment says: Aug 13, 2012 6:45 PM

    Very uneducated comments here..

    Starks and Grant split carries last year and topped 1k yards, so a true 1 RB should be able to do it…

    Despite what you may believe.. GB is not as pass-happy as Saints, Giants, Lions, ect..

    Touchdowns on the other hand.. Will all go to Rodgers probably

  20. ishallcomment says: Aug 13, 2012 6:47 PM

    Newhouse is acceptable.. For now
    Lang is good
    Saturdaddy is solid
    Sitton is an all pro
    Bulaga is very good

    o lines could be ALOT worse than what the packers have

  21. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 13, 2012 6:50 PM

    He is the most likely running back to get 1000 yds in the north;

    The bears defense is old, they’ll be passing a lot to play catch up.

    The lions have best and leshoure. Will either play this year?

    Peterson coming back from acl AND mcl?

    Yikes.

  22. l6ozbud says: Aug 13, 2012 6:56 PM

    Benson will be complaining about his role in the offense by mid season. Book THAT.

  23. ostywithstripes says: Aug 13, 2012 6:56 PM

    He was real good in cinci, then he started fumbling on every big drive!

  24. raiderspride says: Aug 13, 2012 7:06 PM

    Oh yes they are a passing juggernaut… BUT..

    I like it… Ted brilliant and you can never question this man.

    Benson be the answer for the city by the lake “When The Gales Of November Come Early.”

    Gordon Lightfoot will write a song about him

  25. illiniftw says: Aug 13, 2012 7:16 PM

    I remember watching him play for the Bears. He seemed like one of those RB that was always looking for contact… then he would go down as soon as he found it

  26. purpleguy says: Aug 13, 2012 7:17 PM

    To reach 1,000 yards, he’ll have to overcome: (1) not being the starter; (2) playing on a pass first team; (3) fumbling; (4) the fact that he’s now nothing more than a short to mid-range RB; (5) new to the Pack system; (6) in worse hape than the rest of the league since his training camp start is late; and (7) age. Other than that, he should be fine.

  27. sahfriendly says: Aug 13, 2012 7:22 PM

    I think Ced’s only goal is to get a 1,000 yards each season. Mainly because that’s all he’s been able to do well the last couple seasons. Terrible rushing average, average pass blocker, can’t cut it in the pass game as a receiver. Terrible leader, constantly complains about his role.

  28. storcb79 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:35 PM

    getadealdonealready says:
    Aug 13, 2012 6:34 PM
    This just seems like an odd fit to me, a team that prides itself on not signing FA’s, picks up a potential cancer in the locker room. He doesn’t have particularly good hands, or blocking skills which will make him a liability in 4-5 WR sets, and his ability to pick up the tough yards in running situations greatly decreased over the past couple years. I guess we will see what happens.

    -does this dude realize there is no RB in a 5 receiver set…so yea ill have to agree its gonna be tuff for benson to pass protect there

  29. nflfollower says: Aug 13, 2012 7:50 PM

    Already talking about # of carries per game. Ha ha, I am so glad the Packers signed this guy. Should be entertaining to watch his interviews after he carries the ball 5-7 times per game.

  30. millerhour says: Aug 13, 2012 8:15 PM

    Is he even going to be the number one guy all season? What about Starks?

  31. cpbean818 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:17 PM

    illiniftw says:Aug 13, 2012 7:16 PM

    I remember watching him play for the Bears. He seemed like one of those RB that was always looking for contact… then he would go down as soon as he found it

    _____

    This is the best comment in this thread!

    Benson can’t pass protect and can’t catch the ball from the backfield. Does anyone seriously think he’ll be on the field every down and suddenly be a true #1 in GB? He gets 140 carries this season, MAX. Behind the GB OLine, he goes from 3.8 yards per carry last year to 3.4 yards this year. So my money says he rushes for 476 yards, tops.

    And does anyone else notice that the Bears and Bengals fans have nothing good to say about Suck-dric Benson? Its because we actually watched him (and his fumbles) and don’t only know his total yards stat…

  32. coastalbreeze says: Aug 13, 2012 8:25 PM

    Seems like all of the negative comments were said about Woodson too… How did that work out?

    Benson will shine in the 4th quarter when we’re up by 20 points and the Defenses are tired. Thats where he’ll get his 1000.

    See you in the playoffs!

  33. backinblack67 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:03 PM

    New team,…new men to slobber over in the showers

  34. brownsbacker44 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:18 PM

    Congratulation Cedric for signing with a real NFL team.

  35. dtjano says: Aug 13, 2012 9:34 PM

    If Belicheck signed him it’d be a great move with no risk and all reward. The Packers sign him and it’s bad?

  36. vottorific says: Aug 13, 2012 9:36 PM

    Cincinati did not sign him because of fumbles, his mouth was not the issue. com on man, you dont think they can handle a mouth? come onnnn,
    They did hire a running back that has never fumbled in his career….. look it up. Otherwise Benson is a beast, and I’m sure the Steelers,Ravens and Browns are happy he’s gone.

  37. emperorzero says: Aug 13, 2012 9:43 PM

    It’s a safe signing. He is signed for the vet minimum, plus every back on the Packers roster besides Marc Tyler is hurt or banged up.

  38. getadealdonealready says: Aug 13, 2012 9:46 PM

    @costalbreeze – if that is the case you’ll watch those leads quickly disappear when he starts putting the ball on the ground! Last I’ll need to see that your O-line can be an adequate run blocking line, which it hasn’t proved it can do, especially when playing with the lead and everyone knows you need to run the ball.

  39. getadealdonealready says: Aug 13, 2012 9:49 PM

    @storcb79 – his liability in 5 WR sets is his mouth, as he will complain that he isn’t on the field enough.

  40. howiehandles says: Aug 13, 2012 9:52 PM

    1000 yards over a 16 schedule isn’t that special..then again, neither is he. Although, I do think it was a solid pickup.

  41. bigwinintx says: Aug 13, 2012 10:01 PM

    Me, me, me…

    IF he was all about the team he would have said “I’m just grateful to help the TEAM succeed.” but since he’s about himself, he just wants his stats and 1000 yards.

    Pitiful…

  42. tangysizzl says: Aug 13, 2012 10:17 PM

    According to Pro football focus Benson only allowed 1 sack, 1 QB hit and 2 hurries in 74 pass blocking attempts last season.

    That may not be great but those calling him a bad pass blocker are a little uninformed.

    Now the fumbling issue will be a problem if that continues as a Packer but the coaching staff here does a good job of focusing on ball security and they will not tolerate a fumbler.

  43. finley88thebeast says: Aug 13, 2012 10:34 PM

    When he was in Chicago and Cincinnati he was always the focal point and still produced in green bay there are to many weapons for defenses to focus on him

  44. 31teamsarebetterthanthepackers says: Aug 13, 2012 10:53 PM

    Cedric Benson is better than anything the packers have in their pedestrian backfield. Their starting RBs are all other teams’ backups or practice squad players.

  45. trapshoot says: Aug 13, 2012 11:01 PM

    Thompson generally makes good decisions. This one could be very interesting. Grant was a team player and could catch the ball. Will Benson be the same type player?

  46. packersownerandshareholder says: Aug 14, 2012 12:11 AM

    What I think is important to take from this story is the fact that if Benson helps us to run the ball more effectively we will run the ball more. Mike McCarthy will give Benson the ball more and more if he is effective because its what coaches do. I think we can all agree that Mike McCarthy is one of the best coaches in the league and an excellent play caller. Good coaches play to the strengths of their teams.

  47. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 14, 2012 1:37 AM

    Benson is a bruiser. The Packers now have a closer for the fourth quarter, something they haven’t had in a decade.

    When a team is down and tired from trying to get to the QB, they’ll start giving up some decent runs. He’ll get his 1,000.

    And what is he supposed to say?

    Yeah, I’ll do my best to be mediocre? Hopefully I can get to 500 yards?

    Please. The knock on the Packers has been their running game. Problem solved? Maybe. At veteran minimum? It’s a chance worth taking.

  48. chi01town says: Aug 14, 2012 11:19 AM

    A 1000 yards thats funny coming from a running back that averages 2.7 yards per carry an just signed with Greenbay… Who will live an die on Rodgers arm. Get real Benson an try to stay out of trouble in Wisconsin cause they would love to lock you up

  49. trapshoot says: Aug 18, 2012 11:06 PM

    Anythings better than they’ve shown for a ground game thus far.

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