• Packers won’t cut down on Cedric Benson’s carries

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Oct 3, 2012
    Green Bay running back Cedric Benson is only averaging 3.6 yards a carry this season, but that doesn’t make the Packers’ coaches think they should give him the ball less. Each NFC North team has played four of its 16 games, and here is one development none of us would have predicted when training camp began: Cedric Benson is the Green Bay Packers' unquestioned starting running back.Benson has taken 184 of the 186 snaps that have gone to a Packers tailback this season, according to Pro Football Focus . Behind Benson on the Packers’ running back depth chart are Alex Green, who has two carries this season, and James Starks and Brandon Saine, who have zero carries. We'd like to work those other guys in there if the opportunity presents itself, but you try to get [Benson] the ball to get him going." Clements made clear that giving the backups more opportunities is a lower priority than feeding Benson. The Packers aren’t running the ball quite as much this season as they did last season, mostly because they aren’t protecting leads as much this season as they were last season. Former starter James Starks has recovered from the turf toe injury he suffered in the first week of the preseason, but he was essentially a healthy scratch from Sunday's 28-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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