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Morning roundup: Benson back at home in Cincinnati

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Cedric Benson's debut with the Green Bay Packers lived up to its billing on Thursday night. With James Starks still sidelined with turf toe, the 29-year-old running back rushed for 38 yards on six attempts and one catch for 10 yards during the Packers' 27-13 win over his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, to pick up their first preseason win of the 2012 season. As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky writes, the eighth-year veteran and his 6.3-yards per carry average provided some of what the Packers had hoped for when they signed him off the street on Aug. 12. He rushed for eight yards on his first carry during the first half to give Green Bay its longest rushing play by a running back of the entire preseason. Used almost exclusively in a single-back set, Benson showed off his ability to run between the tackles. Of course, it helped that the Packers spread it out with three receivers and a tight end, leaving the middle of the field open for Benson to run. He did much of his damage against the Bengalsí nickel package in which they kept both safeties deep. ďItís like a kid in a candy store,Ē Benson said of running against that defensive look. ďAll Iíve got to do is press the hole and let the linemen get their headgear on one side and then explode through the hole on the backside. Like I said, itís like a kid in a candy store. Thatís easy work for me.Ē Other news and notes from Thursday's third preseason game: *In his preseason notebook, Demovsky takes a look into the outlook for injured inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, who recently underwent surgery for a torn hamstring. After the NFL Players Association failed to ratify a proposed change to the injured reserve rule, the Packers now have to decide whether to use a roster spot on Bishop if they hope he can play late in the season or end his season by placing him on injured reserve. A source told Demovsky ďit would have been pushing itĒ for Bishop to be able to return by Week 8, which the proposal would have allowed. In his notebook, Demovsky also looks into new father Jermichael Finley being a late scratch and some other injury updates. *In the 'Insider' game recap, Pete Dougherty gives a thumbs up to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams and a thumbs down to the entire second-team offense following a second half of struggles for the unit. *Following the team's win, we hosted a live post-game chat on PackersNews.com where Graham Harrell's future and the upcoming cuts were both popular topics. -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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