Oakland Raiders: Cedric Benson and Who Should Fill the Gap at Running Back

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Oakland Raiders: Cedric Benson and Who Should Fill the Gap at Running Back
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Darren McFadden

Last week there was a lot of talk about the Oakland Raiders interest in free agent running back Cedric Benson.

At the conclusion of the team's 2012 offseason program, general manager Reggie McKenzie told the media,

"We don’t have that big back, but we’ve got a couple of backs that are playing fullback for us that can be that guy," adding, "We feel good about the versatility of Marcel [Reece]. About all of our fullbacks have the ability to run it. [Owen] Schmitt can run it short yardage. We’ve got some guys that I’m kind of anxious to see them during preseason. But like I said, we’ll continue to beat down the doors and see if we can bring guys in. We won’t stop that until it’s time to play our Monday night game in September. So we’ll continue. Nothing’s on the horizon, though."

Some fans feel that Benson could be the man to fill in that gap, while others have noted that with the signing of Mike Goodson as well as players like Taiwan Jones, there is no reason to add Benson to the mix.

Here is a closer look at Benson as well as the Raiders' current backs.

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