Running back Cedric Benson hit the field in the Green and Gold on Thursday night, and he made an immediate impression on his new teammates. He rushed six times for 38 yards, caught a 10-yard pass and left the likes of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings saying, "Did you see that?"
Jennings continued: "If nothing else, (he brings) excitement. A name back who's proven, who you know can get the job done."
Long-time Packers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bob McGinn tweeted after the game that Benson looked like a "real back," and that it's been a long time since you could say that about anyone in the Packers' backfield.
Benson displayed burst that has been rare from him in recent years. Playing in the Packers' offense, Benson said he felt like "a kid in a candy store."
There's been no doubt that whomever the Packers' starting running back is, he has a good chance to prosper because defenses won't ever be stacking the box. My concern with the Green Bay situation has been that with Benson, James Starks and Alex Green , is anyone going to get enough work to be worth a place in your starting lineup? Last week, I didn't think so. I thought Benson is worth a reserve pick, nothing more.
This week, after watching a little of Benson's performance, in which he greatly outclassed Green, and hearing the reports that Starks is on the roster bubble after coming down with turf toe, I'm starting to change my tune slightly. Benson isn't going to look that good all year. He was obviously motivated to prove something to his new team. He'll slow down in time. But if the Packers do cut Starks, give Green just third-down work and trust Benson with 15-18 touches per game, he should be in the RB2 conversation. I won't concede that is going to happen now, but Thursday's showing certainly helped.