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2010 Cincinnati Bengals Preview- Running Backs

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Aug 5 2010 @ 12:02 am In Cincinnati Bengals | No Comments

The Bengals improved the receiving core, but I still think Cincinnati is best equipped by running the football.  The offensive line is a better mauling run-blocking line than pass-protecting line.  Running behind that line is the bruising work-horse Cedric Benson.

(Starter) Cedric Benson- 301 CAR  1,251 YDS  4.2 AVG  6 TD  17 REC  111 YDS 

Cedric Benson has completely revamped his career in Cincinnati after 3 abysmal seasons in Chicago.  Last year he set career-highs in carries, yards and yards per carry.  He also set a team record with 6 100-yard games.

(Cedric Benson)

Benson has a powerful running style and is fit enough to handle the bulk of the carries; approximately 20+ rushes a game.  He’s good between the tackles and has a solid burst in the open field.  He doesn’t have the best long speed, but he has the strength to break tackles in the 2nd level.   

Benson is just 27, and if he can stay healthy, it looks like he found a home in Cincinnati.  He doesn’t have a lot of mileage on his legs, so we’ll see if Benson can shoulder the workload.  He’s only carried the ball 200+ times once in his career.

(Backup) Bernard Scott- 74  car  321 yds  4.3 avg  0td  5 rec  67 yds

Scott filled in nicely the 2 games that Benson missed.  In those 2 starts, Scott carried the ball 39 times for 206 yards.  Scott is quick, and knows how to find the hole.

(3rd String) Brian Leonard- 27 car  84 yds  3.1 avg  0 td  30 rec  217 yds

Leonard is strictly a 3rd-down back who is a nice pass catcher out of the backfield.  He has good awareness on the field to know where the sticks are to pick up 1st downs.

(FB) Fui Vakapuna

Vakapuna is a 2nd year player from BYU.  He is strictly a blocking back who won’t see the ball much.

OVERALL GRADE- 7.25

So how does Cedric Benson stack up with the rest of the running backs in the NFL.  Listed below are my preseason 2010 running back rankings. 

  1. Adrian Peterson (Min)
  2. Chris Johnson (Ten)
  3. Steven Jackson (Stl)
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jax)
  5. Ray Rice (Bal)
  6. Michael Turner (Atl)
  7. DeAngelo Williams (Car)
  8. Frank Gore (Sf)
  9. Rashard Mendenhall (Pit)
  10. Knowshon Moreno (Den)

(To view the rest of my rankings, and where Cedric Benson fits into the equation, clink the link below)

http://yoooadrian.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/yoooadrians-2010-nfl-preview-rb-rankings/ [1]

 

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