Issues at QB put more onus on Benson, Brown

Even though most have now joined their teams, long rookie holdouts tend to affect both the player and team.

Originally Published: August 19, 2005
By Steve Muench | Scouts Inc.
Chicago running back Thomas Jones is coming off the most productive season of his career and has proven he is a capable starter. However, the absence of Cedric Benson from training camp is still significant. With QB Rex Grossman sustaining a season-ending ankle injury, the Bears subsequently will have to lean on their running game, and Benson is expected to play a big role. Although Benson might think this gives him some leverage in negotiations, at the end of the day he's still a rookie and it's important he get into camp soon.

Holes in the NFL close quicker than those at the collegiate level and there are already concerns about Benson's ability to turn the corner. Benson, whose speed has been questioned, needs to get comfortable reading his blocks while working with a new offensive line. If he is hesitant because he isn't comfortable with Chicago's blocking schemes, it's highly unlikely he'll have the impact the Bears hope he can make this year.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.

ALSO SEE