Cedric Benson Added to Green Bay Backfield
The Green Bay Packers were going to give their young running backs a chance to develop and prove they were worthy of starting in 2012. That didn’t last very long.
Due to mixed results over the summer from expected starter James Starks, the Packers were forced to dip their hands back into free agency, and reportedly have signed former Bengals and Bears running back, Cedric Benson.
The team had been hoping Starks could turn into an every down back, but he was still struggling with the fundamentals of an every down back, and even wasn’t looking impressive as a runner. Second-year back Alex Green is recovering from a torn acl, and the Packers wisely decided they couldn’t count on him as the full-time starter, either.
While Benson brings little versatility to the table, he’s easily right away the best runner in between the tackles, and gives the team a presence on short-yardage and goal-line situations, as well. He offers no value on special teams and little value as a receiver out of the backfield, but Green Bay finally has a true feature back that can help take some pressure off the offense.
Benson isn’t explosive or versatile, but if you get him the rock, you get 3.5-4 yards and the defense gets punished every time he touches the ball. He tops out at RB2 value in this offense, but is probably closer to RB3 or Flex value simply because he’s 29 and the Packers still wouldn’t be expected to run a ton. He can now be drafted in fantasy leagues as Green Bay’s top back.