Benson ran for 1,251 yards, six TDs, and 4.2 YPC in just 13 games.
Cedric Benson has finally arrived in the NFL. He is coming off two incredible seasons.
So why am I capping him out at 1,251 yards?
It's not just the off-the-field issues that make me wonder if he truly has matured.
First, his body has not yet been able to survive a full season. As he gets older, this will be a bigger problem.
Next, his speed. He's more of a bruising back who doesn't have the breakaway ability to go for 75 yards on a single rush. He methodically gains his yards by running over the other team. That doesn't fit with his lack of durability.
With Bernard Scott proving to be a worthwhile backup, look for Benson to give up a few of his carries to try to sustain his health.
He'll have a good year, perhaps even reach 1,000 yards, but don't expect more.