RB Michael Bennett - Free Agent

5-10, 205Born: 8-13-1978College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick

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2009 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Michael Bennett didn't see a ton of action in the game, but he looked good running the ball. He was finding holes wherever they opened up, but his limited workload didn't allow him to get into any kind of running rhythm. Interestingly, it was the undersized Sproles and not Bennett who was given the ball up the middle on the Chargers' final offensive play of the game.

2009 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett fought hard for yardage, but there just wasn't much there to be had. He was slippery at times, bouncing off of would-be tacklers for a couple of solid gains and he nearly always seemed able to fall forward to pick up another yard or two. He didn't get into the open field to show that burst he's had in the past, but he looked stronger than usual in this one.

2009 Week 17 vs WAS (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Bennett got all the work after Tomlinson sat, and while the offensive line didn't let him get in a rhythm with consistent push, he still affected the outcome of the game. Bennett got free for a long gain on a well-blocked screen to help in the 4th quarter comeback, and he also had good gains on a draw and another reception deep in Redskins territory on the game-winning drive. Bennett did have an unsuccessful attempt to score the game-winning TD on first and goal, but his touches on the drive helped the Chargers get their 11th straight win.

2008 Week 18 vs IND (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Of all the players on the roster, not many people expected that Michael Bennett of all people would be involved in some of the most crucial action of the season. With starting halfback LaDainian Tomlinson hobbled, it was up to Darren Sproles and Bennett to pick up the slack. Sproles more than did his part with 150 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Bennett, too, did an admirable job with 24 rushing yards on four carries and another seven yards on his lone reception - a play that came on third and seven and barely picked up the first down. Bennett fought through two tacklers and dove at the first down marker, picking up the first down by the absolute edge of the football.

2008 Week 19 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

With San Diego trailing for much of the game, there wasn't much room for establishing a rushing attack. And when Pittsburgh controlled the ball for 14:43 in the third quarter, that made a ground game just about impossible. The Chargers took to the air, which meant there was almost nothing left in the way of touches for Bennett.

2007 Week 1 vs HOU (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Bennett looked good as a back-up and situational back to occasionally fill in for Johnson. He was dependable on short stints in running out of the backfield and as a receiver, catching both passes thrown his way. He remains a viable fantasy handcuff for Larry Johnson.

2007 Week 2 vs CHI (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Bennett saw time in relief of Larry Johnson throughout the game. Bennett did see significant action in the fourth quarter while the Chief trainers were attending to what appeared to be an issue with Johnson's thigh during the fourth quarter. Bennett had one fumble in the red zone, ending the last Chiefs scoring threat of the game.

2007 Week 5 vs JAX (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was not a factor in this game and did not play much.

2007 Week 6 vs CIN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Bennett was the backup running back, and saw little action on all but one series, where he got three of his four targets in the middle of the second quarter.

2007 Week 7 vs DET (3 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Many people expected that Bennett was brought it from the Chiefs to try and become Tampa's featured back. While that could still be a long-term goal, it was clear in this game that for now at least, Bennett is nothing more than insurance. He had just three carries on the entire afternoon, none until midway through the first quarter. And after that run, he was promptly taken out. Of course, he did nearly make a big impression on a nice 18 yard scamper in the fourth quarter. He took the handoff up the middle and was spun down at the two yard line, just shy of a touchdown. Unfortunately for him, QB Jeff Garcia fumbled the ensuing snap and Tampa lost possession of the football.

2007 Week 8 vs JAX (2 / 23 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was not heavily involved but there were some plays already designed for him since his trade to the Buccaneers. He took a pass from Garcia and ran it in for what was ruled a 19 yard touchdown run, and on another play ran by a defender trying to cover him out of the backfield but dropped a pass that would have resulted in a gain of just over 20 yards.

2007 Week 9 vs ARI (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett came in to spell Graham a couple of series, but was not a factor in the game. He had a long run of only five yards.

2007 Week 15 vs ATL (9 / 63 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was used mostly in the fourth quarter, where he ran the ball nine times for 63 yards. He showed some of the speed and burst that he's shown in the past, and could have shown enough in his time with the Buccaneers to be brought back next season.

2007 Week 17 vs CAR (15 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)

Bennett received the most carries for the Buccaneers, carrying the ball 15 times for just 39 yards on the ground, but made a big play in the passing game with a 23 yard touchdown reception on a screen play. Along with the scoring reception, he added another reception for five yards as he finished with two receptions for 28 yards.

2006 Week 2 vs DEN (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was brought in a few times to spell Larry Johnson. Bennett seems to be the established second string running back for the Chiefs now and will provide breaks for Johnson and an occasional change of pace for the Kansas City attack.

2006 Week 8 vs SEA (10 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was back on active duty after missing games with a hamstring pull. He brought a very nice change of pace into the game when giving the occasional breather to Larry Johnson. He is an extremely capable backup who could be the number one back on some teams. His current fantasy value is as a safeguard for Larry Johnson owners.

2006 Week 9 vs STL (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was used in the game to give RB Larry Johnson a breather. His four carries were only significant as for alerting everyone that he is a capable backup and the most likely candidate to take over duties if Larry Johnson gets hurt.

2006 Week 10 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was brought in only a few times to spell Larry Johnson and did not ever carry or catch the ball.

2006 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Bennett has become a very dependable and successful backup, change-of-pace runner. He could start for many teams and he is a luxury for the Chiefs. He hits the hole faster than Johnson and causes problems for a team that has been working on schemes to stop the punishing Larry Johnson. He totaled 53 yards through the air and on the ground in limited appearances.

2006 Week 12 vs DEN (2 / 56 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Bennett continues to impress as a change of pace back for the Chiefs. When Larry Johnson is taking a short rest, the Chiefs can feel confident in Bennett's performance in relief. He caught both passes thrown his way and also gained 56 yards on just two carries. On one carry, he gained 41 yards, the longest play from scrimmage of the game.

2006 Week 13 vs CLE (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Bennett performed well again as a back-up to the steady pounding of Larry Johnson. He is a great change of pace to Johnson and a very dependable receiver out of the backfield. He caught all four passes thrown his way.

2006 Week 14 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bennett kept finding an impenetrable wall on his rushing attempts when spelling for Larry Johnson. He remains a good player to have as a backup for Johnson but he didn't find any room to run against the Ravens.

2006 Week 15 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett got some early action when Johnson temporarily went to the sideline after a big hit. He saw one look in the passing game, but it was off target.

2006 Week 17 vs JAX (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett saw limited duty in spot relief of Larry Johnson. He ran two times for eleven yards. He fumbled on his second carry but managed to recover the ball. However that pretty much marked the end of his role with the offense.

2006 Week 18 vs IND (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Bennett had his only carry of the game in the fourth quarter and gained a yard. He was targeted once, making the catch for a 12 yard gain and a first down.

2005 Week 1 vs TB (6 / -1 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

The whole running game for the Vikings was atrocious, and the blocking didn't help the running backs. Bennett didn't have anywhere to run, and his best play was on a screen pass when he eluded two tacklers for a ten yard gain. He ended up with more receiving yards than rushing yards, but that's not saying much since he ran for negative one yard. The Vikings only handed him the ball six times, but the good thing is that he did not incur any injuries.

2005 Week 2 vs CIN (3 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Bennett started the game with a couple of strong carries, but lost a fumble on his third carry and was replaced by Mewelde Moore. Bennett returned later in the half and fumbled away his first touch. Vikings' coach Mike Tice announced at half time that Mewelde Moore would be the featured back for the remainder of the game.

2005 Week 3 vs NO (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Michael Bennett may have witnessed his chances of starting for Minnesota disappear right before his eyes. Mewelde Moore was effective running behind the Viking OL and may have secured the starting spot in the Minnesota backfield, at least for now. Whether or not Bennett is traded remains to be seen.

2005 Week 4 vs ATL (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Bennett was not a factor in the game with his only carry going for negative yards. Bennett did have a 20 yard reception late in the fourth quarter to help set up the Vikings' only touchdown.

2005 Week 6 vs CHI (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett barely played in this game. He finished with just eight yards on three attempts.

2005 Week 7 vs GB (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett saw limited action in the game as Moore got most of the carries for Minnesota. He has just six carries for 22 yards and no targets.

2005 Week 8 vs CAR (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bennett was not used very often in the game for Minnesota as Moore saw most of the carries. He ended the day with just two carries for six yards. Bennett showed his quickness getting to the outside for a six yard gain but the play was nullified because of a holding penalty.

2005 Week 9 vs DET (18 / 106 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)

Bennett had his best game of the season with 18 carries for 106 yards and a five yard touchdown on his only target. Prior to this game, Bennett had rushed for less than 75 yards for the entire season and no touchdowns. He posted the longest run for the Vikings this season with a burst up the middle, bouncing to the outside for a 31 yard gain before being pushed out of bounds. Bennett scored his first touchdown of the season on an inside screen pass from Johnson and lunged across the goal line for the for the five yard score.

2005 Week 10 vs NYG (19 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 11 / 0 rec)

Bennett had very little success against the Giants' defense. He finished with 16 yards rushing for an average carry of less than one yard. Bennett's long run went for eight yards. He also lost a fumble. Bennett was targeted six times in the passing game, mostly as a checkdown receiver. He did have a nice eleven yard catch up the middle. His other five receptions accrued no yards. Nine of Bennett's touches resulted in negative yardage.

2005 Week 11 vs GB (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Bennett only managed ten yards on his five carries, although he had two seven yard runs called back on penalties. He only had one carry late in the game, which went for a five yard loss. He saw less touches with Mewelde Moore running well in the second half.

2005 Week 13 vs DET (22 / 79 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 1 rec)

Bennett continued his success on his career against the Lions with 79 yards on 22 carries and ten yards on three catches. He had a touchdown rushing and receiving on the game.

2005 Week 14 vs STL (18 / 70 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 6 / 0 rec)

Bennett scored a rushing touchdown for the second straight week. He displayed a quick burst of speed right up the middle for his seven yard touchdown run putting Minnesota in front 20-13. Bennett finished the game with 18 carries for 70 yards. He did not show any signs of an ankle injury that occurred earlier in the week making several sharp cuts and quickly hitting the line of scrimmage with speed. He also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter but the Rams were unable to capitalize on the turnover.

2005 Week 15 vs PIT (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)

Bennett had early gains of three, 18 and three yards and it looked like the Vikings would be able to run on the outside of Pittsburgh's defense. That mirage quickly evaporated as Bennett ended up with 43 yards and negative five receiving. On Bennett's third carry, he was stripped of the ball as he was falling, but the ball barely had time to bounce before he was right on top of it for the recovery. That may have been why he didn't see the field for Minnesota's next two possessions, but he still saw very little time for someone who averaged five yards a carry for the first half. He also did not see any time near the goal line, even though Ciatrick Fason was shut out of the end zone three times in the first half. While he remains the starter, it is also clear that Mike Tice hasn't lost his knack for abandoning the run, even when only down seven or ten points in the second and third quarters.

2005 Week 16 vs BAL (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Bennett started the game for the Vikings pulling in a ten yard pass for a first down on their first play. His first carry went for negative one yards and RB Mewelde Moore immediately replaced him. Bennett didn't see the field again.

2005 Week 17 vs CHI (6 / 82 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Bennett had a very solid performance and provided a glimpse of what Vikings fan and management had hoped to see more of throughout the years. The veteran RB broke off a 61 yard touchdown run for the final score of the contest. His day could have been even bigger, but he was taken down at the twp yard line after a fantastic 16 yard run to get there. Mewelde Moore eventually scored on that drive. While Bennett didn't get a large number of touches, he was quite productive with the ones he did get.