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Cedric Benson ready to put licking on Bengals

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Cedric Benson’s first preseason game as a member of the Packers will come against a familiar opponent.

The Packers will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday in the stadium Benson called home for four seasons. Benson insists he has no hard feelings for the team, although he did seem to chafe at his role last season as the team slowly but surely moved away from an offense predicated on Benson’s running. Perhaps that’s why Benson is so excited about the chance to take on his old mates.

“It’s going to be fun, to say the least. It’ll be good just to go against that defense,” Benson said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’ve seen all those guys coming in, I’ve seen them work together, so it’ll be fun to put a licking on them.”

Putting a licking on the Bengals would do more than give Benson a chance to take out any residual bad feelings from the end of his Bengals tenure. It would also help him stake a claim to a lead role in the Packers backfield this season.

As Tom Siverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel points out, the Packers are featuring more one-back looks this season and using fullbacks less often. It’s a look Benson is familiar with and one that also fits what Alex Green did while he was in college, although the rationale for the move isn’t solely because of the running backs on the roster. Using one back sets will make it harder for teams to stop the run while both of their safeties are playing back to protect against the pass.

If Benson puts a licking on the Bengals Thursday, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be getting chances to deliver more of them once the regular season rolls around.

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22 Responses to “Cedric Benson ready to put licking on Bengals”
  1. joetoronto says: Aug 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    Well, that shouldn’t be hard to do.

  2. contrarianjon says: Aug 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    Cedric is like the little brother behind his tough older brother picking a fight

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 21, 2012 1:06 PM

    That is such a strange expression.

  4. l6ozbud says: Aug 21, 2012 1:06 PM

    Benson will pull his hammy while trying to recover his own fumble Thursday night.

  5. johnnyb1976 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:19 PM

    The Bengals front 7 is waiting on you too. Ask Micheal Turner if what he thought about them.

  6. tucostacos says: Aug 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    Did he break down in tears afterwards?

  7. pickensclause says: Aug 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    If ‘Putting a licking on them’ means running 2 yards into his own offensive lineman and falling down or fumbling, then Ced’s all over it.

  8. amunoz78 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    If “putting a licking on them” is the same thing as “putting the ball on the ground,” then, yes, he’s spot on in his prediction.

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    Are pickensclause and amunoz78 the same person? Think about it. Have you ever seen them together?

  10. lebrack27 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:52 PM

    He can’t do that by having 8 carries for 19 yards. The Bengals D-Line is lethal. Ced is a cry baby, he had the 5th most carries last year but still was complaining becasue Scott was coming for 4 carries. Good luck getting 5 carries in GB. I liked him a lot, but he is just another ungreatful athlete that thinks the world owes him.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    The Pack signing Benson signing is going to be the equivalent of the vikes signing Cris Carter. Except with Super Bowl victories.

  12. cincyorangenblack says: Aug 21, 2012 2:13 PM

    no chance.

  13. pskotte says: Aug 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    I see better than I hear. Let’s talk again, Ced, after the game.

  14. TurdSandwich says: Aug 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    I was behind The Bengals bench last season when they visited Nashville and beat The Titans. Benson was not holding anything back on the bench. It was clear he was not happy about something – I assume his touch count – but it was to the point that he was a total distraction from the game at hand.
    As we have seen of late, when Marvin and company part ways with a name player, you don’t see a whole lot from said player (see any number of Chad/TJ/TO types)..
    I expect Benson will complain he didn’t get enough touches even if The Packers go undefeated on the arm of Rodgers.. He’s a turd.

  15. simplesimon1 says: Aug 21, 2012 3:12 PM

    He’s going to put up those crazy 3 yards per carry he usually does? Wow, look out Bengals.

  16. stlsteelerfan says: Aug 21, 2012 3:35 PM

    “It’s going to be fun, to say the least. It’ll be good just to go against that defense,’ Benson said”

    That’s actually what every RB in the league says about the Bengals

  17. crohrbaugh says: Aug 21, 2012 4:54 PM

    Enjoy those timely fumbles packer fans- oh and no red zone touchdowns on the ground.

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 21, 2012 5:03 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Aug 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    The Pack signing Benson signing is going to be the equivalent of the vikes signing Cris Carter.
    _______

    You might be going out on a limb by suggesting that Cedric Benson is going to go from a mediocre player to a future Hall of Famer.

  19. raiderapologist says: Aug 21, 2012 10:01 PM

    The NFL has kickers that laugh at Cedric’s salary and relative value. Shut up and try not to fumble.

  20. joshh967 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:47 AM

    “joetoronto says: Aug 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    Well, that shouldn’t be hard to do.”

    Against one of the better run stopping D’s? Sure Aaron Rodgers could shred our secondary but Cedric Benson is a below average back going against an above average run D. Plus its preseason so all of this means nothing.

  21. nopepper123 says: Aug 22, 2012 12:09 PM

    I guess……..if putting a licking is 6 carries for 16 yards in a meaningless preseason game! Hopefully it’s enough to remain with the Packers come week 1.

  22. gards81 says: Aug 22, 2012 5:08 PM

    @ Bengals

    Sweep the leg…

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