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September 17, 2019 06:20 PM
Benny Cunningham: Working out for Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham worked out for the Lions on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cunningham was originally released by the Jaguars on Aug. 11. Tuesday's workout is important for the 29-year-old because it means he's clear of the hamstring injury that plagued him early in training camp. Detroit already has four healthy running backs on its active roster, but Cunningham could find a spot on the practice squad if he impresses the team Tuesday.

August 12, 2019 08:48 AM
Benny Cunningham: Released by Jacksonville
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (hamstring) was released by the Jaguars with an injury settlement Sunday, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports.

Cunningham was thought to be absent from Thursday's preseason opener due to his veteran status, but he appears to have been dealing with a hamstring injury. The 29-year-old seemed to have a decent chance of cracking the Jaguars' 53-man roster as a third-down back, but he'll have to latch on elsewhere once healthy.

August 8, 2019 06:48 PM
Jaguars' Benny Cunningham: Won't play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham will not dress for Thursday's preseason game against the Bills, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.

Cunningham is likely receiving the day-off due to his veteran status, with nothing to prove unlike young players. Alfred Blue, Ryquell Armstead and Devante Mays stand to handle the running back duties with a slew of players out for the Jaguars.

June 20, 2019 10:20 AM
Jaguars' Benny Cunningham: Looking good for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham's pass-catching skill gives him a good chance to make the 53-man roster in Jacksonville, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Cunningham primarily has served as a special teams player and third-down back throughout his career, handling 191 carries and 147 targets. He was barely used last season in Chicago, but he still has an area of expertise that differentiates him from the other running backs on Jacksonville's roster. Alfred Blue has 673 career carries and just 69 receptions, while rookie fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead (hamstring) caught 29 passes for 175 yards (6.0 average) in four seasons at Temple. It appears the Jaguars will use either Cunningham or starter Leonard Fournette on passing downs.

April 4, 2019 12:56 AM
Jaguars' Benny Cunningham: Moves on to Jaguars
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jaguars signed Cunningham to a contract Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In the first year under the direction of coach Matt Nagy, Cunningham's touch count in Chicago decreased from 29 in 2017 to 12 last season. The presence of Jordan Howard (58 percent of the offensive snaps) and Tarik Cohen (46 percent) limited Cunningham's usage as the latter managed just 6.5 percent of those snaps. With the move to Jacksonville, Cunningham currently is no better than third on the RB depth chart behind Leonard Fournette and recent signee Alfred Blue. Cunningham may well be competing with 2018 seventh-rounder Dave Williams and veteran Thomas Rawls for one roster spot, assuming the Jaguars don't make another addition at the position in free agency or the draft.

April 1, 2019 11:24 PM
Benny Cunningham: Checking out Jacksonville
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham will visit the Jaguars this week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Cunningham played 212 snaps on offense and 478 on special teams in 29 games for Chicago over the past two seasons, though he did get some work on passing downs in 2017 (20 receptions). Jacksonville represents the best-case scenario for his next landing spot, as the team has minimal backfield depth behind Leonard Fournette. With Carlos Hyde joining the Chiefs and both T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant (foot) still unsigned, the Jaguars are badly in need of a No. 2 running back -- preferably one that could replace Fournette in passing situations.

January 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Set to hit free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham rushed six times for 13 yards in Chicago's Week 17 win over Minnesota to conclude the season with 11 carries for 20 yards along with one reception for nine yards.

Cunningham's biggest benefit to the Bears was his ability to play special teams, and he's been mostly an afterthought in the offense in his two years with the team. Going into his sixth season, he'll be an unrestricted free agent, and he'll likely have a role as a backup, though it's unlikely he'll be a big fantasy factor.

December 18, 2018 10:48 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Loses yardage in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham lost a yard on his only carry during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers.

The touch was Cunningham's first since Week 6. He's battled an ankle injury in the interim, but the lack of action is most certainly primarily due to Jordan Howard's and, to a lesser extent, Tarik Cohen's prominent roles in the run game. Cunningham hasn't had more than three carries in a game this season and, even if something were to change Sunday, the 49ers and their top-10 run defense are unlikely to give up much to the veteran back.

December 8, 2018 02:24 AM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Practices in full
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Cunningham sat out last week's loss to the Giants and was limited in Wednesday's practice, but he now appears to have fully recovered from his ankle injury. The kick returner is on track to suit up for the Week 14 tilt against the Rams.

December 5, 2018 06:56 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Limited in practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Cunningham sat out last week's loss to the Giants due to an ankle injury, and continues to manage his recovery from the issue. If Cunningham is unable to suit up Week 14, expect Tarik Cohen to serve as the Bears' top kick returner.

December 2, 2018 12:24 AM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Ruled out for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest against the Giants, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Cunningham was mainly a special teams player for the Bears, but Taquan Mizzell could stand to see a few more snaps in the event Chicago opts to use the totality of its depth chart.

December 1, 2018 09:56 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Doubtful for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Cunningham suffered an ankle injury during a Week 12 win over the Lions and has not participated in practice since. The depth running back appears likely to sit out Sunday's tilt against the Giants. In Cunningham's absence, Taquan Mizzell could benefit from a slight increase in snaps.

November 23, 2018 11:16 AM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Exits game with ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham will not return to Thursday's game against the Lions due to an ankle injury.

Cunningham suffered an ankle injury during a first-quarter punt, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, and limped off the field under his own power. As long as the depth running back and special teams player remains sidelined, Taquan Mizzell could see a slight uptick in snaps.

October 21, 2018 07:04 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Fails to record an offensive touch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham wasn't given a rushing attempt or pass target in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

After carrying the football three times last week, Cunningham returned to his role as primarily a special-teams player. With just four touches and 17 yards on the season, he's not a player who can be counted on in fantasy lineups.

October 15, 2018 02:56 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Sees first carries of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham carried the ball three times for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Surprisingly, Cunningham received his first three carries of the season in the fourth quarter while the game was still in question, with the coaching staff surprisingly choosing not to give those touches to Jordan Howard or Tarik Cohen. With just four totes for 17 yards on the season, Cunningham would need an injury to one of the other running backs to have increased fantasy value.

October 1, 2018 12:08 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Not involved in offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Although he was used on special teams, Cunningham didn't receive an offensive touch in the Bears' victory over the Buccaneers.

Cunningham has had just a single touch through four games. Unless the team suffers injuries at running back, it appears his offensive role will be minimal.

September 24, 2018 10:32 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Catches one pass
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham caught one pass for nine yards in Chicago's Week 3 win over the Cardinals.

Cunningham was targeted twice in a game that saw him produce his first touch of the season. Other than his special teams work, he's been largely an afterthought in the Bears offense, and he'd likely need an injury to earn appreciable rwork on a regular basis.

August 9, 2018 07:56 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Held out Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham won't suit up for Thursday's preseason game at Cincinnati, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bears are also holding out Jordan Howard (knee), meaning Tarik Cohen, Taquan Mizell and Ryan Nall are the only available running backs in the exhibition opener. Cunningham may have difficulty finding a consistent role in the regular season with Howard slated for a heavy workload and Cohen on hand to handle pass-catching duties.

April 2, 2018 05:56 PM
Bears' Benny Cunningham: Back with Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham will re-sign with the Bears, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Cunningham will thus reprise his role as a depth back and core special teams player for the Bears after carrying nine times for 29 yards and catching 20 passes for 240 yards and two TDs for the team in 2017. From a fantasy standpoint, however, Cunningham is clearly behind both lead back Jordan Howard and top change-of-pace man Tarik Cohen.

March 25, 2018 09:28 AM
Benny Cunningham: Visiting with Bucs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cunningham is visiting the Buccaneers on Sunday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

This is Cunningham's first reported visit in free agency, with the 27-year-old finally drawing some interest now that the top running backs are off the market. He'd likely compete for a passing-down role and special teams work in Tampa Bay, potentially serving as a low-cost replacement for fellow free agent Charles Sims. Cunningham had nine carries for 29 yards and 20 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games with the Bears last season. He's averaged 4.3 yards on 180 career carries and 6.7 yards on 147 targets (113 receptions).

 

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Height/Weight:
5-10/218
Birthdate:
07/07/1990
Age:
29
Hometown:
Nashville, TN, USA
School:
Middle Tenn.
NFL Experience:
7
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