Aug 23, 2012
First year Green Bay running back Cedric Benson has surprised Packers coaches with his focus and drive since joining the team earlier this month. According to a report by the associated press, Benson has immersed himself in the Green Bay playbook and has been proactively sitting in meetings that are not required of by running backs.
“He’s been motivated,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s taken my seat in the meeting room. He sits next to Aaron. I’ve been bumped back a row. I think that’s a good thing. He’s really into trying to learn this offense because I know I’ve said it a couple times already, he’s trying to learn a different language. He’s an accomplished football player. I’m glad he’s here. He seems very motivated. And I know he’s looking forward to playing Thursday.”
The former first round pick on the Chicago Bears admits that he is playing with a chip on his shoulder after failing to receive much interest in the free agent market. ”Having a chip on your shoulder is just like throwing kerosene on a fire,” Benson told reporters. “It ignites even more. You dig deep because it becomes a pride thing. You know what type of player you are, how hard you work, you know what you can do. And when you’re in a situation where you don’t get picked up until later in training camp, knowing you’ve proven some things in this league and done some great things, it’s only natural for your reaction to be to want to shove it in people’s face and have an awesome year.”
Fantasy owners have yet to buy in on Benson having a productive season in 2012. He is currently listed as the 40th running back on Mock Draft Central’s ADP list, behind number two running backs like Michael Bush, Ben Tate and David Wilson.
While I don’t think Benson will have a monster season – primarily due to the fact that the Packers throw the ball so effectively – I do think he is an excellent late round value. He could be the steal of the draft if he provides the Pack with a viable goal line option.