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Rams Roster Review: RB Benny Cunningham/TST

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  1. RamBill Well-Known Member

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    Rams Roster Review: RB Benny Cunningham

    By Tevin Broner

    http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2014/6/27/5835652/rams-roster-review-rb-benny-cunningham

    Next on the roster review we will take a look at running back Benny Cunningham.

    Not many people expected much from last year's undrafted free agent Benny Cunningham, an undrafted free agent last year. Soome people didn't even expect him to make the final 53 man roster. Cunningham had a solid preseason where he had 20 carries for 123 yards. Although Cunningham wasn't an all-star, he showed enough to stick on the roster.

    Opportunity knocked for Cunningham when Stacy went down with an injury. Cunningham used his chance to have two solid back to back games against the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears. Those were the only two times where he was "The Guy", but he looked pretty good when he got his chance.
    Roster Battle

    Cunningham will more than likely be competing with Isaiah Pead for the 3rd running back spot on the depth chart. He should easily be able to fend off Pead. Cunningham may also have a outside shot for the backup role to Zac Stacy, it all depends on Tre Mason. If Mason has a bad training camp, then it wouldn't be a surprise to me if Cunningham leaped past him for the backup role.
    Expectations

    I expect around the same amount of production for Cunningham, and more than likely he'll be behind rookie Tre Mason on the the depth chart.

    If there's an injury and Cunningham has to come into a game, I don't see him being a big downgrade as a fill in starter. He's a close clone of Stacy, since they are both "bell-cow" type running backs and their running style is similar.
    Will he make the Rams roster in 2014?

    Yes, he will make the roster. Cunningham is a solid back, and he should be a solid insurance policy for the Rams.
     
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  2. So Ram Well-Known Member

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    Crickets ? I agree on Cunningham.
    I liked Sam Bam back in the day from USC.
    He proved his worth last year when called upon.I think he came off an injury,and missed some training camp? He should be stronger,faster,& healthier from last season.
    He did well on kickoff returns,and is the front runner ahead of #8 pick Tavon Austin.
     
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  3. HE WITH HORNS Well-Known Member

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    I don't think we needed to pick a RB in the draft, I'm high on this guy, and Pead might have some value as well.
     
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  4. SierraRam Recreational User

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    I don't think anyone saw that coming, but when Tre was there in the 3rd, we took a back some described as the best RB in the draft. As a team dedicated to the run, all 4 will get there chances. And the backups will be a huge part of our ST's. You can't help but like the underdog Benny. All he does is perform when his number is called.
     
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  5. JRobinson MiLB

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    I definitely didn't expect to draft Mason. But, the more I thought about it, the more I understood and agreed with it. Why? Because it's a statement pick that we are running the football. Not to Mention that they must have had Mason at the top of their board. In addition, Mason is a different back than Stacy and Cunningham.

    As the article stated, Benny is great insurance. But, in my estimation, Benny will get more touches then we may predict or assume.
     
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  6. Dr C. Hill New Member

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    I don't know anything about him "easily" being able to hold off Pead. I like Benny, but I think Pead will become one of the best third down backs in the league this year.
     
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  7. RamzFanz Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    Yes, but was he an undrafted free agent?

    I digress. Bam Bam is solid in my book. With DR gone, I'm hoping we keep all 4 on the outside chance Pead emerges.
     
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  8. JRobinson MiLB

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    I respectfully disagree here my man. The main reason why is because Pead will most likely not even see the field on 3rd down situations due to Tre Mason's arrival, and Stacy's ability to run block. Not to mention the RB that the tread is about; Cunningham, who I personally (and believe the Rams do too) believe is ahead of Pead on the DC.
     
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  9. RAM$ New Member

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    And I respectfully disagree here lol. Pead is arguably the best pass blocker in the group (Mason isn't even close), best receiver out of the backfield. It's on Pead he sounds more mature hopefully he grew up and makes a push for rb2.
     
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  10. JRobinson MiLB

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    But how can we make that assessment when he hasn't even had hardly any playing time? The guy has barely seen the field. What has he shown you to make you believe he's the best at these particular traits? He hardly has any stats lol.

    I'll take any RB over Mason when it comes to pass blocking. That's a given.
     
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  11. RAM$ New Member

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    Got me there he doesn't have much video evidence for me to show you, against Dallas he was killing it receiving and I was excited for him then he just dissapeared on us. If SB8 threw a rocket to any of our RBs I trust Peads hands the most.
     
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  12. BonifayRam Well-Known Member

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    Benny Cunningham has the ability to make some longer outside runs once he clears the the larger bodies this season. Benny had the same knee injury that Rams ORG Davin Joseph had and struggled mightily in Tampa coming back to form the year after...Benny being two yrs out should be as good as possible in 2014. Fisher has a serious young mixer of RB's here now with Stacy- Cunningham- Mason- Pead & now Watts....This will be fun if this OL can hold up. BC could get a half dozen big time long runs to the clear. I can wait to read it here...."I really did not see this Benny thing coming".........:)
     
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    Benny Cunningham, the Rams' forgotten man
    By misone@MightyOrMisone on Jul 8 2014

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    Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

    For the second year in a row, Benny Cunningham finds himself lost in the shuffle. Entering the NFL as a knee rehabbing, undrafted free agent, from little MTSU, it was understandable. But after a productive first season, and a few under the radar impressive stats, he deserves more attention.

    It seems that Benny Cunningham will forever be one of those players that flies under the radar. Last season when the Rams signed him after the draft I went on a writing spree trying to convince the world that he would make the final roster. Not only was I trying to convince everyone that he would make the roster, but that he would climb the depth chart as well.

    My argument with Cunningham was that he is the most talented running back on the roster. As most will recall I was in love with the Zac Stacy pick in last year's draft. And I am still captain of the Stacy band wagon (not too late for applications if you still have not joined). But there is no denying special talent. And Cunningham is just that.

    OVERLOOKED, AND PASSED ON, MADE THE MOST OF A TWO TEAM WORKOUT
    Doing it all at a high level, he possess theability to do everything thing required of a starting NFL running back. He has starter vision, balance, speed, agility, burst, and power. His most impressive trait is his insane work ethic. He received nothing but rave reviews in scouting reports for 2013 about his work ethic. Those reviews were quickly proven to be accurate when he was able to bounce back from an injury that was predicted to require 12 months of rehab. When he ran his 40 for the Rams - and the Giants - four days before the 2013 NFL draft he was deemed 75 percent. He clocked a 4.51. There were reports that said he was running 4.38-4.42 prior to his injury. He was hurt in late October, and his leg was in a cast until late January. No way should he been able to clock a 40 that fast. Hard work paid off.

    Cunningham is more than a speed specimen. He has loads of power and agility as well. Most importantly, it all translates to the field. He is also a good - if unspectacular - receiver out of the backfield. Best of all (especially for young backs) he can and will pass block. The truth is he brings it all to the table. I will say that Stacy still has him beat in the vision department, but there simply are not many backs in the NFL with Stacy's vision. I expect him to retain his starting job with ease.

    TALENT COMBINED WITH A BIG TIME WORK ETHIC, GETS YOU CLOCK IN THE NFL
    Cunningham has continuously made the most of every opportunity given to him in his extremely young career. He has managed to show off that burst and decisive running style, as well as his power to break and drag tackles. Quietly, Cunningham led the NFL in yards per rush (5.55) in 2013, for backs with at least 45 carries. Additionally, 23.4 percent of Cunningham's carries went for first downs. He saw eight of his 47 carries go for at least 10 yards. Two carries went for at least 20 yards while one went for 50+. In the preseason he managed 6.2 ypc, and four of his 20 carries went for at least 15 yards.

    Benny Cunningham has proven to be a very explosive and powerful back. He is the rare breed where all the numbers tested translate to the field.

    With the addition of Tre Mason the immediate assumption is that Mason will at the very least take over as the number two back. I disagree. Have we learned nothing? Draft status does not mean much with this team. The best man will play (i.e. Isaiah Pead, Brian Quick, etc..). Stay away from the hype train and trust your eyes. There is no denying, Benny Cunningham, is a starting caliber, NFL runningback, and Tre Mason is not, yet...
     
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  14. simonblaze Well-Known Member

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    Cunningham projects as a good number 2 and an excellent replacement for Stacy if he gets hurt. I hope Mason exceeds expectations and is able to wrestle 8-10 carries a game from Stacy. I also hope the light comes on for Pead as well...
     
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    Hey, if all four manage to make positive contributions, it'll only help this team win more games.
     
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  16. badnews Well-Known Member

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    We should direct snap the ball to Aaron Donald in short yardage situations.
    With his first step, I bet he gets 4 yards just falling forward at the LOS.
     
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  17. Boffo97 Well-Known Member

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    So you want to make him the new Fridge? ;)
     
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  18. ReddingRam Well-Known Member

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    I'm gonna do a post soon on my "confidence" in our team unit by unit. But the RB corps is one that I am NOT worried about. We have two guys who run with power (Stacy and Cunningham) and two that can stretch the field with their ability to hit the edge and catch out of the backfield (Mason and Pead). We are looking prety good as far as I am concerned.
     
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  19. badnews Well-Known Member

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    Yep.
    Just replace "Perry" with "Donald".

    Refrigerator Donald... has a nice ring to it....
     
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  20. Mojo Ram On double secret probation

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    Which ever guy protects the ball better in preseason between Mason,Pead and Cunningham will more than likely end up the #2 back. That and production, obviously.
     
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