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Benny Cunningham | Running Back | #26

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 217
College: Middle Tennessee State
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Bears signed RB Benny Cunningham, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.
It's a solid, under-the-radar signing for the Bears. Cunningham is a dependable pass-catching and pass-protecting runner out of the backfield who didn't get many opportunities behind Todd Gurley in L.A. Cunningham can also return kickoffs; he has a 27.1 average on 95 career returns. His addition could spell trouble for Jeremy Langford and/or Ka'Deem Carey behind Jordan Howard. Mar 21 - 9:04 PM

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Free agent RB Benny Cunningham will visit the Bears on Tuesday.

Cunningham met with the Jets earlier this month, but he did not land a deal. The Bears appear set in the backfield with Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, and Ka'Deem Carey, but Cunningham can contribute as a kick returner.
Mar 21 - 10:12 AM

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham will visit the Jets.

The Jets want backfield depth after releasing Khiry Robinson. Cunningham didn't see a ton of work in Los Angeles behind Todd Gurley, but he's shown that he can be a factor when called upon, particularly in the passing game. In New York, he'd be the No. 3 back behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.
Mar 9 - 5:14 PM

Rams placed RB Benny Cunningham on injured reserve with a neck injury, ending his season.

Cunningham went down in Week 13. Todd Gurley's change of pace finishes the year with a modest 37 touches, just 21 of which were carries. Cunningham is a poor runner and average pass catcher. With Cunningham in the final year of his contract, the Rams could look for an upgrade this offseason.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 03:10:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for Week 15 against the Seahawks.

Cunningham hasn't practiced or played since hurting his neck in Week 13. Malcolm Brown fared poorly in a change-of-pace role last week with 14 rushing yards and a lost fumble on only four carries. Todd Gurley should see another big workload against Seattle.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for Week 14 against the Falcons.

He didn't practice all week and isn't going to play on Sunday. It's a slight upgrade for Todd Gurley, though Cunningham hasn't exactly been a drain on his workload. Cunningham has averaged just 3.36 touches across 11 games this season. Consider Cunningham week to week.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed six times for 40 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for seven yards in the Rams' Week 10 win over the Jets.

The Rams' change-of-pace back worked into the game whenever Todd Gurley needed a breather. Although Cunningham is a useful asset to the Rams' offense, he lacks value in re-draft leagues as a lightly used role player.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said he expects RB Benny Cunningham (thigh) to return to the lineup Week 6 against the Lions.

It's bad news for Todd Gurley owners. With Cunningham out each of the past two games, Gurley has seen a spike in pass-game usage. Gurley averaged five targets per game without Cunningham, but was seeing just two with him. The Lions are the only team yet to allow a rushing touchdown to an opposing running back. Week 6 doesn't look like a slump-busting spot for Gurley.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 09:29:00 PM

Rams declared RB Benny Cunningham, DT Michael Brockers, DE William Hayes, QB Sean Mannion, OT Pace Murphy, DE Robert Quinn and WR Nelson Spruce inactive for Week 5 against the Bills.

Cunningham's absence is a bit of a surprise. He left last week's game with a hamstring injury but was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. Todd Gurley could see more work in the passing game with Cunningham sidelined. Kenny Britt (thigh) and Cody Davis (groin) are active for Los Angeles.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (hamstring) is questionable for Week 5 against the Bills.

He's been limited at practice the last two days. We're guessing that will be enough for him to earn the green light for Sunday. If Cunningham sits out, it would open up passing-down work for Todd Gurley, who is coming off a career-high 49 receiving yards in Week 4.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (hamstring) was limited in Thursday's practice.

Cunningham's status is unclear. He went down against the Cardinals, but wasn't listed on the Wednesday injury report before today's limited session. It would appear he'll suit up against the Bills, but he's not there yet. Cunningham's absence would give Todd Gurley a fantasy boost by virtue of increasing his passing-game involvement.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Benny Cunningam left Sunday's Week 4 game against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury and is questionable to return.

Cunningham hadn't touched the ball yet and has only logged four carries in four games this season. With Cunningham sidelined, Malcolm Brown will serve as the backup to Todd Gurley.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:27:00 PM

Rams RB Benny Cunningham rushed six times for 22 yards in Los Angeles' third preseason game.

Todd Gurley sat this one out, so Cunningham ran with the first-team offense. When Gurley is playing, Cunningham is the Rams' pass-protection specialist and plays on special teams. Cunningham is locked in as the team's No. 2 back.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Rams re-signed restricted free agent RB Benny Cunningham to a one-year, $1.671 million contract.

It's the value of his original-pick tender. Cunningham visited the Patriots last month, but nothing came of it. The Rams had a ton of cap space at the time and were going to match any offer he received more than likely. Cunningham will return as Todd Gurley's breather back and a pass-pro specialist.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 01:00:00 PM

The Patriots are hosting restricted free agent RB Benny Cunningham on Thursday.

A versatile role player with passing-down and special teams value, Cunningham is a Patriots-esque "do your job" kind of player. He has 71 receptions over the past two seasons and only three drops during that span. As Cunningham was originally undrafted and received the lowest-possible tender from the Rams, Los Angeles would receive no compensation if Cunningham signed an offer sheet from New England and the Rams failed to match.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 11:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Mitchell Trubisky
3Mark Sanchez
4Connor Shaw
RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3Benny Cunningham
4Tarik Cohen
5Ka'Deem Carey
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
WR11Cameron Meredith
2Markus Wheaton
3Deonte Thompson
4Daniel Braverman
WR21Kevin White
2Victor Cruz
3Kendall Wright
4Josh Bellamy
5Rueben Randle
6Titus Davis
7Tanner Gentry
WR31Victor Cruz
2Kendall Wright
TE1Zach Miller
2Dion Sims
3Adam Shaheen
4Ben Braunecker
5MyCole Pruitt
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
3William Poehls
LG1Josh Sitton
2Eric Kush
3Jordan Morgan
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
3Taylor Boggs
RG1Kyle Long
2Cyril Richardson
RT1Bobby Massie
2Tom Compton
3Dieugot Joseph
K1Connor Barth