Packers RB Cedric Benson looking to run over Bengals on Thursday
One of the players that Players View has followed very closely this year is Packers running back Cedric Benson.
As he moved away from the Bengals and into free agency it took longer than we projected for him to find a home but once he did, it looks like he found one that will stick.
The only downside to the Packers offense has been their running game that hit a brick wall when Ryan Grant was injured two years ago.
Benson not only provides a shot of life to their ground game, he is also bring a change of heart to Green Bay as they are moving away from the zone blocking scheme that have been fond of.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy is a no-nonsense guy in a small town environment that will provide Benson with both support and very few of the distractions that have brought him trouble in the past.
There is just one little piece of business that Benson has left on his agenda and that is serving up a little bit of payback to the Bengals for letting him go.
Benson told Cincinnati.com that he is looking forward to facing his now former team in preseason action on Thursday.
“It’s going to be fun, to say the least. It’ll be good just to go against that defense. 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.”
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis stated that its all good between the Benson and the team.
“Ced was a very good player here. He was durable, gained the yards and did a nice job,” Lewis said. “I’m glad he has gotten the opportunity to get on another team and earn a position there.”
Lewis may be trying to temper Benson’s motivation to embarrass the Bengals after what he did to the Bears when he faced them as a member of the Bengals.
The Bears being Benson’s first team also let his talents slip away and he repaid the favor by busting out a 189 yards and a touchdown against them.
The climate of how he left both teams is very different yet there is no doubt that Lewis has every reason in the world not to mix it up with Benson in the media.