Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

29 Sep 2009

Of Course A Bears Offensive Player Is Good AFTER He Leaves The Team

This time I am talking about Cedric Benson. Benson was the Bears first round draft pick and 4th pick overall in 2005. We also got Thomas Jones recently as well and for the first two years Benson was a Bear, our running game looked amazing. In 2005 and 2006, Benson, granted as a back up, averaged a fine, above average, 4.1 YPC. Benson looked ready to become a starter so Chicago traded away Thomas Jones to the Jets. Jones then becomes a pro-bowler and Benson ends up being so bad, that he gets cut. Story of a first round Bears draft pick.

Then the Cincinnati Bungels picked him up and after an awful year last year (averaging only 3.5 yards per carry), is now having a great year. Benson is 8th rated RB this year in Yahoo!, 3rd among all RBs in yards, and now averaging 4.4 YPC- his career high. Yes granted we are talking an extremely limited sample size of only three games, but come on, what gives!

So I did a little research and I think I've found out why Benson has been good so far- the Bungals rushing O-line is much improved this year.

To find out why Benson is doing so well visit:

Posted by: kaptrap19 on 29 Sep 2009

1 reply , Last at 30 Sep 2009, 6:21pm by Zheng

Re: Of Course A Bears Offensive Player Is Good AFTER He Leaves
by Zheng :: Wed, 09/30/2009 - 6:21pm

Fascinating. I targeted Benson in several leagues based on an article I read about how he admitted he'd been lazy (for lack of a better word) in Chicago, that getting cut for him was a wake-up call, and that he was newly motivated as a result. Interesting to see that he's actually getting help. Thanks for the link!

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