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December 12, 2008 10:15 AM

Cedric Benson (Hypothetically) The Best RB In The NFL


To say Cedric Benson has been a bust would be an understatement. The running back out of Texas was drafted fourth overall by the Bears in 2005. In his first year as a starter last season, he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. His lack of production, coupled with his off the field problems, led to the Bears cutting him prior to the beginning of the 2008 season. Luckily for the Bears, they drafted Matt Forte in the second round of the draft and the rookie has exceeded all expectations. Forte surpassed Gale Sayers franchise record for total yards by a rookie last week and now has 1,539 total yards. You know who's not impressed? Cedric Benson.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

"He is having a great year, but when I see the highlights, I see holes,'' Benson told reporters in Cincinnati. ''I see them using him in the slot, something they didn't do with me. If I was there right now with the holes I see, I'd probably have 1,800 yards right now. I definitely would have 1,500 by now. I congratulate him on all of his success. He is taking advantage.''

So there you have it. If only the Bears had stuck with Benson, HE would be having the monster year. Apparently those holes weren't there last year.

If Benson did have 1,800 yards, he would be on pace for 2,215 total yards, which would put him 18th in NFL history between Ricky Williams and Eric Dickerson. I knew I should've drafted Benson in my hypothetical fantasy football league. With him and Tom "As Long As I Don't Get Hurt" Brady, I would've been able to run the proverbial tables.

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