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Benny Cunningham | Running Back

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 217
College: Middle Tennessee State
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ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner considers Benny Cunningham the favorite to enter 2014 as Zac Stacy's primary backup.
As do we. A 2013 undrafted rookie from Middle Tennessee State, Cunningham quietly led the NFL in yards per carry (5.55) among rushers with at least 45 attempts. Cunningham has outplayed Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, and the Rams won't be aggressively pursuing running backs during the offseason. Jan 24 - 1:30 PM

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Benny Cunningham caught one pass for two yards, but was held without a rushing attempt in St. Louis' Week 17 loss to Seattle.

Undrafted out of Memphis, Cunningham didn't need long to overtake Isaiah Pead and eventually Daryl Richardson to serve as Zac Stacy's top backup. Although Cunningham's fantasy start-ability is fairly dependent on Stacy getting hurt, he's every bit worth rostering in deeper Dynasty leagues. Cunningham's first NFL season ends with 47 rushes for 261 yards and a touchdown, adding six catches. He's likely to return as Stacy's top backup in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 07:55:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed two times for 16 yards in Week 13 at San Francisco.

A week after rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown while filling in for a concussed Zac Stacy, Cunningham reverted back to No. 2 duties. Stacy plays nearly every down, so there aren't many others to go around. Cunningham would be the favorite to step in should Stacy ever get hurt again.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 07:43:00 PM

Benny Cunningham is the "odds-on favorite" to start this week if Zac Stacy (concussion) can't get cleared.

Cunningham, a rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, went undrafted in April thanks in part to a knee injury that curtailed his final NCAA season. When given opportunities as a Ram, he's shined. Cunningham rushed for 123 yards on 20 preseason carries and has picked up 238 yards with a touchdown on 40 regular season totes. When Stacy went out against the Bears last week, Isaiah Pead didn't even get a touch (Daryl Richardson was a healthy scratch). Cunningham would have an extremely tough matchup at San Francisco if he does get the nod, but he'd still be on the RB2 radar and a candidate for 13-18 touches.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 08:10:00 AM

Benny Cunningham rushed 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' Week 12 win over the Bears.

Filling in for a concussed Zac Stacy, Cunningham did what every back does against the Bears: Run all over them. Five of Cunningham's carries went for at least 10 yards, while his touchdown was a nine-yard scamper that necessitated a dive to break the plane. The narrow score was upheld on review. Now officially ahead of Daryl Richardson on the depth chart — D-Rich was a healthy scratch against the Bears — Cunningham ran with power and wiggle, getting upfield in a hurry, and shedding some tackles in the process. That being said, he'll be a dicey RB2 for Week 13 against the 49ers if Stacy can't go.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 05:57:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed seven times for 72 yards in St. Louis' Week 10 win over the Colts, adding one catch for 18 yards.

Cunningham missed a large chunk of the game with an ankle tweak, but returned to kill the clock on St. Louis' final drive, where he ripped off a 56-yard gainer on his first carry since early in the third quarter. Cunningham is pushing Daryl Richardson for No. 2 duties, but isn't a terribly valuable handcuff. He'd likely be part of a committee were Zac Stacy to go down with injury.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 05:35:00 PM

Rams coach Jeff Fisher expects RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) to return to practice this week.

It's notable because starter Zac Stacy suffered an ankle injury of his own in Monday night's loss, but supposedly avoided a high sprain. Even were Stacy to miss Week 9, Cunningham would be no higher than No. 2 on the depth chart, and would quite possibly be third.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Rams declared RB Benny Cunningham, CB Cortland Finnegan, G/C Barrett Jones, OG Brandon Washington, DL Matt Conrath, OG Mike Person and DE Gerald Rivers inactive for Week 7 against the Panthers.

RT Rodger Saffold (knee) is active for the first time since Week 2. The Rams' fourth-string running back, Cunningham is out indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain. Finnegan (thigh) is week to week.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 11:31:00 AM

Rams RB Benny Cunningham is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

Cunningham is donning a hard cast on his ankle, which isn't a good sign. The Rams will move forward with Zac Stacy in the feature back role, and Daryl Richardson as the change of pace. Isaiah Pead is now the No. 3 tailback.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 02:39:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

The full details of the ankle injury aren't yet available. Cunningham will be the No. 3 back behind Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson if active this week.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 04:45:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed four times for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 5 win over the Jaguars.

Cunningham was the No. 3 back behind new starter Zac Stacy and backup Daryl Richardson. Cunningham only got carries when Stacy left late due to a rib injury and the Rams were killing the clock. Even if Stacy sits out in Week 6 at Houston, Cunningham would be off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed four times for six yards in Week 4 against the 49ers.

With Isaiah Pead inactive, Cunningham served as Daryl Richardson's backup and saw extended playing time in the second half with the Rams in comeback mode. He added one catch for 17 yards and scored on a two-point conversion. Cunningham is an upgrade over Richardson in pass protection and should continue to push for a change-of-pace role.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 01:58:00 AM

Rams rookie RB Benny Cunningham didn't touch the ball in St. Louis' Week 1 win over the Cardinals.

Cunningham did return two kicks, but will likely be a healthy scratch in Week 2 with Isaiah Pead coming off suspension.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 08:49:00 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms it's unclear who will be backing up Daryl Richardson Sunday.

Undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham earned a roster spot by rushing for 123 yards on 20 preseason carries. Fifth-rounder Zac Stacy struggled to 68 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. It's certainly conceivable that Cunningham will play ahead of Stacy against the Cardinals, and then enter a three-way battle for backup reps when Isaiah Pead comes off suspension in Week 2.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Rams UDFA RB Benny Cunningham has made the 53-man roster.

5-foot-10, 212, Cunningham runs noticeably hard and had a strong preseason with 123 yards on 20 carries (6.2 YPC) to go with two receptions for ten yards. Dynasty leaguers should keep an eye on Cunningham and grab him in deeper leagues. The Rams' tailback position is far from solidified long term, and Cunningham looks like a better prospect than fifth-rounder Zac Stacy.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 06:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
3Austin Davis
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
3Tre Mason
4Isaiah Pead
5Chase Reynolds
GLB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
3RB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Cory Harkey
2Kadeem Jones
WR11Chris Givens
2Tavon Austin
3Stedman Bailey
4Justin Veltung
5T.J. Moe
WR21Austin Pettis
2Brian Quick
3Kenny Britt
4Emory Blake
5Austin Franklin
WR31Tavon Austin
TE1Jared Cook
2Lance Kendricks
3Justice Cunningham
4Mason Brodine
5Alex Bayer
K1Greg Zuerlein