The short answer to the question “What does BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ return mean to the Bengals?’ is, of course, everything. For a team so dependent on play action, screens and heads-up play, the offense featuring Brian Leonard this preseason is hardly indicative of what we have to look forward to.
Brian Leonard is a third down back in that he does well finding soft spots in coverage underneath in 3rd-and-long situations and runs a great wheel route. As evidenced this season, he does his best work in space. When it comes to running between the tackles, Leonard does not have as much burst or ability to break arm tackles as Green-Ellis.
Running back Bernard Scott is also on the mend, and despite his frustrating inconsistency, his absence makes it even more vital that Green-Ellis is able to take the field.