For Benson, however, starting Thursday night against Cincinnati is as far as he’s willing to look.
“I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth. I don’t really want to get into all that right now,” Benson said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Right now, I’m focused on one week at a time.”
That’s probably the best way to think, since he had just finished his first practice in pads with the Packers when he said it.
But there are still challenges for the 29-year-old back that transcend the fact he’s coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Since he’s new to the Packers and hasn’t played in a West Coast offense before, he’s also sitting in on quarterbacks meetings with Aaron Rodgers in addition to his cram sessions with running backs coach Alex Van Pelt.
“For the first time ever we’ve had a running back sitting in on some quarterback meetings, so he’s going to extra meeting times trying to learn the offense, trying to learn checkdowns,” Rodgers explained. “He’s sitting next to me in meetings, so he wants to learn and it’s fun to have a veteran guy who’s really hungry. It’s going to be fun to get out there and see what he adds to the offense.”
Benson admitted he’d like to gain 100 yards against the Bengals. But beyond exacting a bit of revenge, a good performance might earn him a starting job.