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BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Running Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Mississippi
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Recent News's Geoff Hobson agrees that BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot is in danger.
Jeremy Hill was promoted into the No. 2 back role on his first day of practice. Hobson suspects Cincy will keep no more than four backs, so Green-Ellis would have to beat out Cedric Peerman and/or Rex Burkhead, who both have more special teams value than BJGE, and cost much less. Hobson ultimately expects the Bengals to hang onto Burkhead because he's five years younger than BJGE. Jun 19 - 8:58 PM

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ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey guesses BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be cut before the season begins.

Green-Ellis had a underwhelming 2013 campaign and looks to be surplus to requirements with rookie RB Jeremy Hill already running with the second-team offense in OTAs. Green-Ellis could be kept on as veteran insurance, but his roster spot will be hard to justify with $2.5 million in potential salary cap savings on the line. If cut, Green-Ellis would not struggle to find a new home. He still has something to offer as a steady, veteran back.
Jun 14 - 12:59 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was demoted to the third-team offense as the Bengals opened OTAs on Tuesday.

Giovani Bernard handled first-team reps, and rookie Jeremy Hill was second through the running back line. ESPN's Adam Schefter recently indicated the Bengals are likely to retain Green-Ellis for 2014, but doing so may be hard to justify with $2.5 million in potential salary cap savings on the line. If Hill runs away with the "big back" job, look for Law Firm to get his walking papers.
May 27 - 1:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated on NFL Insiders the Bengals are likely to keep BenJarvus Green-Ellis for 2014.

The Bengals could save $2.5 million in cap space by cutting the "Law Firm," but Schefter says they're more likely to keep him as a "mentor" to rookie Jeremy Hill, who had off-field issues at LSU. "There's no reason for the Bengals to get rid of BenJarvus Green-Ellis," Schefter stated. Green-Ellis is also a known favorite of owner Mike Brown. If Green-Ellis sticks around, it would obviously impede Hill's rookie-year fantasy outlook.
May 20 - 3:46 PM

The Bengals can create $2.5 million in cap savings by releasing BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Bengals OC Hue Jackson has been adamant that the addition of second-round pick Jeremy Hill has no bearing on Green-Ellis' status, but Cincinnati could avoid paying his remaining $500,000 in bonus money by cutting him before June 1. Green-Ellis averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season and isn't going to beat out Hill for a short-yardage role behind Giovani Bernard. He should make it to training camp without being cut, but the Bengals have financial incentive to dump his contract sooner rather than later.
May 17 - 8:04 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is expected to compete with second-round rookie Jeremy Hill for the big back job.

Green-Ellis sustained a shred of fantasy value last season because he scored seven touchdowns, but the Bengals knew they needed an upgrade on his 3.43 YPC. Enter Hill, a 6'1/233 light-footed power back that can bowl over linebackers. Green-Ellis, owed $2.5 million in total compensation this season, may not even make the final roster once Hill runs circles around him.
May 12 - 10:22 AM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed eight times for 42 yards in the Bengals' Wild Card loss to the Chargers.

As is typically the case, Green-Ellis was a rushing factor early until the Bengals fell behind, when more skilled and versatile Giovani Bernard took over as Cincy's primary back with the team attempting to erase a deficit. Green-Ellis is owed $2.5 million in 2014 salary and bonuses. We understand the Bengals' coaching staff has an affinity for Law Firm's reliability, but there is no way he's worth that much money. Don't be surprised if the sides part ways this offseason.
Jan 5 - 4:20 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 66 yards on 11 carries in the Bengals' Week 17 win over Baltimore.

Green-Ellis wasn't a factor in the passing game, per usual. The Bengals were down at the one-yard line a couple of times but opted instead to let Andy Dalton sneak one in and then putting the ball in the air on another occasion. Green-Ellis wraps up his second season in Cincinnati by starting all 16 games and rushing 220 times for 756 yards (3.4 YPC) and seven touchdowns while splitting backfield snaps with rookie Giovani Bernard. Look for much of the same in the playoffs.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 06:14:00 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 12 times for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 16 rout of Minnesota.

He added one reception for ten yards. Green-Ellis registered the first score of the game on a four-yard first-quarter touchdown run, but was otherwise bottled up on his carries. Compared to Law Firm's 13 touches, Giovani Bernard handled 15. The Bengals will put a wrap on the regular season when they host the division rival Ravens in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 04:01:00 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis had just four carries for four yards in Sunday night's Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

Green-Ellis started, but barely saw the field in the second half. He didn't appear completely healthy after missing practice time this week with an illness, and wasn't used in red-zone or goal-line situations. Green-Ellis will be just a low-end RB3 for Week 16 against the Vikings.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 12:29:00 AM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) is active for Sunday night's Week 15 game against the Steelers.

Green-Ellis missed practice time this week with an illness. He'll be available for his usual short-yardage role, but is just a low-upside RB3/FLEX option. Inactive for the Bengals are TE Orson Charles, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, CB Terence Newman, RB Rex Burkhead, OL Tanner Hawkinson, WR Ryan Whalen, and DT Christo Bilukidi.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 07:10:00 PM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness, probable) returned to practice Friday.

Green-Ellis sat out Wednesday and Thursday. He should be okay for Sunday night's division tilt with the Steelers. BJGE is a low-upside flex option.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:27:00 AM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) missed practice again Thursday.

The Bengals are likely just playing it safe with Green-Ellis as they prep for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. The Law Firm should be fine for his usual three yards and a cloud of dust plus goal-line work.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:23:00 AM

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) did not practice Wednesday.

Green-Ellis is day to day with an illness. He's in no danger of missing Week 15 against the Steelers.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 04:48:00 PM

The NFL confirmed that BenJarvus Green-Ellis should not have been awarded one of his touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Colts.

There won't be any stat correction of course, but owners that played against Green-Ellis got hosed. On a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Law Firm got tripped up by Colts DT Josh Chapman and was marked down short of the end zone. But on replay, embattled referee Jeff Triplette somehow overturned the call on the field. "No, it wasn't the correct call," VP of officiating Dean Blandino said. "There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field."
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 08:43:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Matt Scott
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2BenJarvus Green-Ellis
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Orson Charles
2Ryan Hewitt
3Nikita Whitlock
WR11A.J. Green
2Mohamed Sanu
3Ryan Whalen
4James Wright
5Jasper Collins
WR21Marvin Jones
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Brandon Tate
4Cobi Hamilton
5Alex Neutz
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Tyler Eifert
3Kevin Brock
4Alex Smith
K1Mike Nugent
2Quinn Sharp