In this article series we will profile the ball carriers that will be changing uniforms in 2013 as well as a few potential impact rookies that could make a splash in their first season in the big leagues. Steven Jackson (Atlanta), Rashard Mendenhall (Arizona) and Reggie Bush (Detroit) will have a change of address in 2013. Rookies Eddie Lacy and John Franklin look to bring the the Packer ground game back to respectability.
Jordy Nelson was forced from Sunday’s game in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury and finished with just 1 catch – not exactly what fantasy owners needed in the all important week 13. If your team was able to survive despite Nelson’s dud – you might have to look to the waiver wire since the Packers #1 status appears to be in major jeopardy for week 14′s matchup with a Detroit defense that was just torched by Andrew Luck.
Despite amassing just 12 catches for 78 yards and one TD on the season, Jennings is expected to return for the week 13 matchup with a struggling Minnesota secondary. He could be eased back into the passing rotation but could make an impact during the fantasy playoff weeks and is a must add if an impatient owner sent him to the waiver wire.
We get questions every week on whether or not owners should be holding onto Benson in hopes of playoff glory. Benson, who claims to be 65% and not in a hurry to return before he is healthy, is eligible to return in Week 14. Benson said he is very confident that he will return before the end of the year.
Greg Jennings has had a disappointing injury riddled season. It started before the season kicked off with a concussion and has continued and will be extended by a sports hernia surgery. Meanwhile, as happens with very good organizations, the Packers have turned to depth at the position and found a stand out performer to fill in admirably. Randall Cobb is now in line for lots of reps and production.
I know, I know, you hear Cedric Benson is out and you assume it’s a suspension. This is different though, he is no longer a Bengal so this is injury related not crime related (although with a week off he could end up in jail). Benson sprained his foot on Sunday and has already been ruled out for Week 6. The Packers will likely employ a committee to fill the void. There is no timetable set for Benson’s return at this point.