The Bengals didn’t score a big free agent running back outside of one that they had last season – Cedric Benson. The team brought Benson back after he wrapped up the season on a high note with a couple of big games at the end of the season vs the Redskins, Browns and Chiefs.
Now Benson thinks after a tough start to his career that had as many off the field issues as success on it that he can carry the load for the Bengals in the 2009 season. Seems that the club is also banking on that, as the team is ready to give him the bulk of the carries in 09. He talked about that in today’s Dayton Daily News:
Now that unwanted pressure has been lifted off Cedric Benson mentally and he is preparing himself for the physical grind. Bottom line he’s looking to make his mark with the Bengals. “No doubt, I’m ready to carry this team on my back,” Benson said. “I’m due, hungry for it, miss it, and excited. It’s good to be on a team that wants you. It’s a great opportunity for me and I am definitely going to seize every moment. “I plan to take full advantage of those opportunities and see where it takes us. I’m about whatever it takes to get the job done. I think I am in the best situation that I can be in and it has to happen for me here.”