You cant believe a word Tice says. So I don't believe him when he says the carries will be split evenly.
Bennet is a good back, but Smith is just better. He has better vision, he makes sharper cuts and he doesnt give much away to Bennet in breakaway speed. Bennet's speed is world class, but Smith isnt easy to catch either.
From what I've seen, Bennett can hit the hole amazingly, but he struggles to let the hole develop. He also is poor at freezing linebackers and setting up his second level blocks. He has the talent to do this, but he has missed so much time already, that his rapport with the O-line isnt quite what Smith's is.
The kiss of death to Bennett is the fact that while Smith is a slightly better runner than Bennett, he is a far superior receiver. The added dimension of Onterio's receiving skills makes him the better pick.
As for who will spell Onterio, I'd say those carries will be split between Bennett and Moe Williams depending upon the game situation. Williams is the clock back, and Bennett is the catchup back.
The bottom line here is that everybody loves Bennett for his measurables and his potential. But he hasnt translated it to the field the way the other Viking backs have. That is why the best contribution he can make right now is returning kickoffs.
QB - Manning, Ben Roth, Campbell
RB - Henry, T Jones, D Ward, B-Jax, Betts, B Jacobs, Selvin Young
WR - Lee Evans, Colston, Driver, Cotchery, Brandon Marshall
TE - Heap
K - Elam
DEF - Chicago