Cedric Benson was a love-hate player while in stripes. In the beginning you loved the redemption story of the wayward Chicago Bear, and how he resurrected a Cincinnati running threat that had not been present since the departure of Cory Dillion. Towards the end, you hated the fumbles and the inability to consistently convert on third and inches. But while it wasn’t all bad those last two seasons, what is likely to be missed soon will be the numbers: back-to-back-to-back 1000 yard seasons.
It made sense for the Bengals to sign BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Law Firm was not only ball security and an excellent redzone-style runner, but also a proven weapon as a checkdown receiver; all of which Benson was not. However, what it seems that the Bengals are only just learning what New England clearly understood: BJGE is not an every-down back. Perhaps it was never Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden’s desire to make him so, and Green-Ellis is simply a victim of circumstance as Bernard Scott’s lingering knee injury continues to keep him sidelined.
Yet in four games, three of which came against teams with a combined 3-9 record, Green-Ellis has yet have a 100 yard rushing game, and thus far, his break out run has been for only 19 yards. Move concerning, Benson left last season after producing 5 fumbles, 2 of which were turnovers. So far, Green-Ellis has fumbled the ball 3 times, resulting in 2 turnovers already.