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Packers expected to sign former Bears RB Benson

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Packers expected to sign former Bears RB Benson

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, running back Cedric Benson is in Green Bay and expected to sign a deal with the Packers.
Benson played three seasons with the Chicago Bears, who selected him out of Texas with the No. 4 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Benson had spent the last four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, rushing for a career-high 1,251 yards in 2009. He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons, but will turn 30 in December.
The Packers' interest may stem from a less-than-stellar training camp from starter James Starks, a former seventh-round draft pick who has rushed for 679 yards in two seasons. He ran five times for 16 yards in yesterday's 21-13 preseason loss to the Chargers.
Backing up Starks is Alex Green, who missed his entire rookie season last year with a torn ACL. The former third-round draft pick has deemed himself 100 percent healthy, but is more of an East-West runner and pass catcher out of the backfield.
The Packers had also looked at undrafted rookie Marc Tyler, a former-five star recruit who attended Southern California.
But in Benson, the Packers have a low-risk, high reward North-South runner. It's likely his contract is not guaranteed, giving Green Bay two weeks to audition Benson in their offense.
What's interesting is that Benson got the call before Ryan Grant, a current free agent who played the last five seasons in Green Bay.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.