I'm going to be frank: When the Bengals signed Cedric Benson last year, I was skeptical. While I didn't think Cedric was a terrible player, I was more concerned with the fact that we chose him over other available free agents at the time.
It seems like some people are still unwilling to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. Let me give those of you that are still weary of No. 32 a few words of advice: Forget what you thought you knew about Cedric Benson because of his career in Chicago. That isn't who he is, which he proved Sunday against the Packers.
Benson is a downhill runner who doesn't have the quickness to do a lot of the things other players can, but that might not necessarily be a terrible thing playing in the brutal AFC North. Although he doesn't make your jaw drop with unbelievable runs, the guy knows how to play football—something I believe the Chicago Bears wouldn't allow him do.
I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it again: Benson didn't stand a chance in Chicago. Period.
Even after a solid performance last week, Benson still had his critics. I was absolutely shocked to read posts on the Bengals' official message board with people crying for Bernard Scott. I believe Scott will prove to be a good player, but he simply isn't the type of player we need carrying the load. Benson will be prove to be the best running back we've had on this team since Corey Dillon.
As a running back in the AFC North, Benson will have his fair share of bad games. That comes with playing the Steelers and Ravens twice a year, but be proud we have a guy like Benson who wasn't given a shot and has rejuvenated his career in Cincinnati. Regardless of what people say, Benson IS a good running back and will continue to prove that here in Cincy.