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Benson made the most of the opportunity the Bengals gave him, taking over for Chris Perry as the team’s starter as he finished with a career-high 747 yards.
With starting quarterback Carson Palmer sidelined with an injury opponents frequently stacked the box, making rushing yards hard to come by for the Bengals in ‘08.
The team’s offensive line got a nice makeover and with Palmer now healthy, it should make the Bengals’ running game overall a bit more productive.
Benson has little competition for carries in the Cincinnati backfield and the team has emphasized all off-season that running the football is going to be a priority.
The team traded for former Ram Brian Leonard, who has shined in limited action before. He brings versatility to the mix and could eat in Benson's carries a bit.
Veteran Kenny Watson will join rookie Bernard Scott and second-year running back James Jackson for a roster spot.
With so many teams going with two-back systems, Benson could finish amongst the top backs in the leagues in carries and that should spell success.
He should be a safe bet for his first 1,000-yard season and could approach double-digit touchdowns.
With so many question marks surrounding the Bengals entering the season, play it safe and look at Benson as a low-end No. 2 RB that could easily exceed expectations.