|Benson thinks his teammates miss him. Doesn't look like it here. (Getty Images)|
Cedric Benson was never thrilled that the Bengals decided to let him walk this offseason after replacing him with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. And he was stunned when it took him a long while before eventually signing with the Packers earlier this month.
So it shouldn't be surprising that Benson was eager to get on the field against his old teammates and produce in Week 3's preseason matchup. He did just that, posting what our James Carlton called an "impressive debut" over at the Rapid Reports blog, and afterwards had a few words for his former compatriots.
“It felt good,” Benson said, per Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Just lets me know those guys miss me over there. I guess the run game hasn't gotten up to par in Cincinnati yet. Those guys know the type of player I am. They know how I work. Developed a pretty good relationship with those guys."
The quote about his teammates missing me could be interpreted a couple of different ways, so on that alone it wouldn't be fair to say that Benson's firing shots at BJGE and Cincinnati. But when he says the "run game hasn't gotten up to par," well, there's not a whole lot to lose in translation.
Benson is coming off of three-straight 1,000 yard seasons with the Bengals, where he rejuvenated what looked like an absolute bust of a career after flopping with the Bears following their choosing him with the fourth-overall pick in the 2005 draft.
But while Benson ended up with pretty nice raw statistics in each of those three seasons, it's not like he was every truly a dynamic back for Cincy. He never averaged more than 4.2 yards per carry in a season, he only caught more than 25 passes more than once and he never topped seven touchdowns in a season, despite averaging 298 carries over that span.
He was a bit of a plodder, and there's a good argument that an upper-end running back would've put up monster numbers with some of the holes he had. The good news for Benson is that the Packers don't need him to carry the offense, they only need him to compliment it.
If he does a solid job of doing that and/or the Bengals can't generate much of a rushing attack this season, it's quite possible his teammates will miss him more than they imagined.
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