so, what do you guys think. good line, kinda tough rushing schedule. how will things shape up. also, if benson goes down (likely?) will adrian peterson step in and take over. i have been impressed with him in the past. they have another guy, garrett wolfe and even deven hester. what is the word on these two? how do you see things shaping up when benson goes down?
Don't count on Devin Hester to be a player who will rush the ball more than 20 times in a season, I imagine he will be used for end-arounds and what not if at all in the rushing game.
Chances are if Benson struggles or goes down they will give the Majority to Peterson, and try and keep Benson active in the attack. But if Benson goes down or struggles and Chicago isn't winning, I would expect them to give Garrett Wolfe a shot, maybe either way.
The Bears' coaching staff and front office are really, really hoping that Benson has a break out year. Many of us in Chicago think Benson should have been the one traded and we should have kept Jones. Benson was a rookie holdout who keeps getting hurt. Jones has proven he can play. Guess someone high up the ladder is pushing Benson.
From a FF standpoint, that means that if Benson stays healthy, he could have a huge year. The Bears are a run first team that wins plenty of games and plays in a weak division and if Benson moves the ball the way he did in college, he could easily be a top ten [top 5?] RB. I think the FF polls are underrating him, maybe due to his injury history. He was a work horse in college and I hope he stops acting like a prima donna and starts playing some football. He should watch some videos of Walter Payton and strive to emulate the best RB there ever was. I have the '85 season taped and I still am in awe of the moves Walter had way back then. His ability and work ethic put most of these new generation RBs to shame. As a Bears homer, even though I don't like the guy, I hope Benson does have that break out year. Heck, I may even draft him this year if he falls far enough.
Chicago's offensive line are better pass blockers than run blockers, and Benson's schedule is pretty tough. Additionally, he'll go to the bench on 3rd downs in favor of Peterson and/or Wolfe. But he should see the majority of the carries including goal-line, so 1,300 rushing and 10 TD's is very feasible if he stays healthy.
I say Peterson gets the carries and Wolfe is the change of pace.
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They were pretty much RBBC last year, and you still saw Benson demonstrate some skill, if you were watching. The thing to worry about is whether he's going to be fragile, all of the sudden. Otherwise, unless there are some freakish Hester-like speed and moves things going on with Wolfe, I suspect you'll see a very standard "Benson starter" and "Peterson backup."
I'm a fan of Peterson's... he's never let anyone down. But Benson SHOULD be everything you could ask for in a RB.