WIth Benson out, where do the Packers turn?
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Green Bay Packers running back, Cedric Benson will miss at least eight weeks with a Lisfranc foot sprain. This is quite a blow to a running back unit that is largely inexperienced behind Benson. As of now, Alex Green, James Starks, and Brandon Saine are in the mix to see playing time in Benson's absence. They have a combined seven years experience.
Green is more of a third down back who is a very good receiver, but only an adequate blocker. Starks has battled injury demons since college, has yet to see the field this season, but started for the Packers in Super Bowl 45. Saine, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Ohio State in 2011, is a guy who Mike McCarthy loves because he does a little bit of everything well, but he has also been injured and has yet to see the field this season.
I'm not sure the Packers will be in a hurry to sign another back to the roster, but there are some recognizable names on the free agent market: Joseph Addai, Tim Hightower, Cadillac Williams, Maurice Morris and Steve Slaton are among the players currently looking for work.
What if you could dip back into yester-year and pull back a player from a given era? Who would it be? Below are some names that will make you laugh, cringe, vomit, smile, and/or scratch your head.
Jervey played for the Packers between 1995-1998. He was best known as a special teams junkie with outstanding speed and a reckless abandon. Something tells me that at the age of 40, Jervey, who wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, believes he can still play. Remember when he and teammate LeShon Johnson bought a bengal tiger and kept it at their place until Mike Holmgren made them get rid of it? That's the kind of free spirit this team needs.
Played with the Packers from 1988-1991. Did you know that Woodside caught 59 balls for 527 yards in 1989? A dual threat! I also recall Woodside being a beast in Super Tecmo Bowl.
He played four seasons with the Packers. At 6'1", 245, Davenport should have had a much greater impact on the team. He was a bull running down hill. Unfortunately for Davenport, he is best known for breaking into a Barry University dorm room and pooping in a hamper in 2002. This earned Davenport one of several nicknames, including "the Dump Truck".
HERBERT "Whisper" GOODMAN
Goodman only lasted two seasons with the Packers (2000-2001). In regular season action, he carried the ball just four times for -3 yards and fumbled twice...but he tore it up for 873 yards for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe in 2002. Of all the guys on this list, I'd venture a guess that Goodman is in the best shape. He's currently a mixed martial arts fighter. And, yes, he still goes by "Whisper".
He only played two seasons in Green Bay (2001-2002) but they sure were memorable (???). He only 35 years old, and because he's been out of the league since 2002, one can presume he has fresh legs. Mealey currently works for Marathon Oil in Louisiana. Was it Mealey who used to waive the fire off his feet after scoring a touchdown? Or was it De'Mond Parker? Ahhh - it doesn't matter.
Morency was actually traded to the Packers in exchange for Samkon Gado in 2006. He had one 100 yard game in his NFL career, which spanned just three seasons. I actually thought he was going to work out well for the Packers. Morency is currently working as a real estate developer.
He'd be the sentimental fan-favorite to come back and re-capture his magic from the Super Bowl years in the '90's. My guess is that with his name being tied to an enormous pending lawsuit against the NFL, Levens is no longer interested in resuming his playing career.
OTHER NOTABLE...OR NOT SO NOTABLE NAMES INCLUDE...
Raymont Harris, Brent Fullwood, John Stephens, Reggie Cobb, Chuck Webb, Tony Fisher, Vince Workman, Edgar Bennett (current wide receiver's coach), Darrell Thompson, Basil Mitchell.