JONES, BENSON BOTH HAVE NEEDS
Early in the game on Sunday Thomas Jones signaled that he needed to come out. The next play was 3rd down and running on to the field was Adrian Peterson, not Cedric Benson. The Bears kept the drive going. On 1st & 10 it was again Peterson who was on the field, not Benson. Peterson did not carry the ball or receive a pass.
Previously during the week several Bears reporters confirmed what I wrote earlier in the year: Cedric Benson does not take the field as much as he should because of his pass-blocking. And there could be more to it than that.
And while you’re not likely to find a bigger Thomas Jones fan than myself, he doesn’t look the same to me as he did last year. He doesn’t seem as quick, as decisive or as powerful. I think TJ gets what the line gives him. If it’s there he makes a gain. If it’s not then he doesn’t.
Jones rarely runs outside. He runs inside and usually stays there. Several times on Sunday he seemed wary when the opportunites arose for him to pop it outside. I would love to see him shed a blocker to take on a defender 1-1 on the outside. Jones has a long run of 29 yards this year and a long reception of 9 yards. Somewhere along the line you need your starting RB to break some long ones.
When we watch Benson in limited play, he seems faster, stronger and looks as if he could break a big one if given the carries. But he can’t get on the field enough to do it.
I could be wrong about Jones. Maybe it’s the O-Line. He does have over 600 yards rushing and protects the ball. I hope on Sunday night he is given the chance to try and run it down the Giants’ throat. And around it.