RB Benny Cunningham - Free Agent
|5-10, 210||Born: 7-7-1990||College: Middle Tennessee||Drafted: ---|
2017 Week 11 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Cunningham was a small part of the offense, but got a target at the goal line that was too low and a nice gain on a screen pass.
2016 Week 10 vs NYJ (6 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
Cunningham had a lot more success against the Jets today but does not seem to threaten Gurley for touches. He was used more in the passing game today as well but again did not do much to help put up points. The big play from Cunningham came on a 24-yard rush off the right end to help set up a field goal on the first drive of the game.
2015 Week 1 vs SEA (16 / 45 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham was the main beneficiary of Tre Mason's absence. He had very little room to run due to poor run blocking. Cunningham often got stopped at the line of scrimmage. The Rams only totaled 76 rushing yards as a team during the game. Cunningham made an impact in the short passing game. During the second series of the game on a 3rd and 15, Cunningham caught a check down pass and zoomed past the loose coverage picking up 18 yards for a hard fought first down. Later in that drive on a 2nd and 10, Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 11 yard first down. He had a little more room to run in the second half registering runs of 8 yards and 9 yards up the middle. Cunningham also caught a desperation Foles pass for a 7 yard first down later in the second half.
2015 Week 2 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham snaps were cut back due to Tre Mason returning. He entered the game when Mason needed a breather and on passing situations. Early in the game during the second series, Cunningham dropped an easy screen pass on a 2nd and 10. He had four receptions but didn't have any opportunities to break off big plays.
2015 Week 3 vs PIT (1 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham entered the game on 3rd downs replacing Todd Gurley. Early in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 1, Cunningham ran the ball around the right side of the line for a 12 yard gain. Later in that drive on a 3rd and 17, Cunningham caught a RB screen for a 11 yard gain.
2015 Week 4 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham entered the game late in the 2nd quarter to help run out the half. After two carries for minimal yardage, he caught a screen on 3rd down for 7 yards. Late in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 11 from the St. Louis 11 yard line, Cunningham fumbled away a screen pass as the play was concluding. The officials decided that there was not a fumble on the play due to Cunningham's forward progress.
2015 Week 5 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham is the 3rd down back in the Rams offense. Early in the first quarter on a 3rd and 10, Cunningham came up with a tipped pass intended for Brian Quick. The pass ricochet off the target and landed in Cunningham's arms as he dove for the 17 yard reception. Late in the 4th quarter, Cunningham caught an 11 yard screen pass.
2015 Week 7 vs CLE (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham entered the game when Todd Gurley needed a breather and on 3rd downs. Early 3rd quarter, Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 10 yard gain, his longest play from scrimmage.
2015 Week 8 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham entered the game mid 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 4. Cunningham fumbled the ball and it looked as though the 49ers defense returned the fumble for a touchdown. Cunningham was saved by a face-mask penalty and the Rams kept possession.
2015 Week 10 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham entered the game during the middle of the 4th quarter when the game was out of reach. He caught a screen pass for a 2 yard gain
2015 Week 11 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham was the primary backup RB behind Todd Gurley. He was on the field for 15 snaps but only received 2 touches. Late 4th quarter on a 3rd and 3, Cunningham caught a screen pass across the field and ran up the middle for a 20 yard gain.
2015 Week 12 vs CIN (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Mid 4th quarter, Cunningham ran a sweep around the right side of the line for a 8 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 5 yard reception.
2015 Week 14 vs DET (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Early 3rd quarter, Benny Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 7 yard reception. Mid 4th quarter, Cunningham ran up the middle for a 10 yard gain.
2015 Week 15 vs TB (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham had 2 rushes for 8 yards. Cunningham received his first carry on the play before halftime, a 4 yard rush up the middle. Late 3rd quarter, Cunningham rushed up the middle for a 4 yard gain. In the 4th quarter, Cunningham added a 102 yard kickoff return before being tackled short of the end zone.
2015 Week 16 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham had 1 rush for 0 yards and 3 receptions on 3 targets for 14 yards. Mid 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 9, Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 10 yard first down reception. Early 4th quarter on a 3rd and 5, Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 8 yard first down reception. A few plays later on 3rd and 1, Cunningham rushed up the middle and fumbled the ball forward. After some confusion, it was determined that the Rams recovered the fumble.
2015 Week 17 vs SF (4 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Benny Cunningham had 4 rushes for 38 yards with 3 receptions for 34 yards. Late 2nd quarter, Cunningham ran up the middle before cutting to the left sideline for a 40 yard gain. Late 3rd quarter, Cunningham caught a screen pass and ran for a 11 yard reception. Late 4th quarter, Cunningham caught a screen pass and ran for a 10 yard reception. In overtime, Cunningham caught a screen pass for a 13 yard reception.
2014 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Cunningham got on the field a bit more than he usually did last year. He did a decent job of running on his 5 carries. Cunnigham has a bit more speed than Stacy, and can sometimes provide a bit of a change of pace to Stacy's hard-nosed running. But aside from a nice 11 yard screen pass, that enabled Cunningham to turn on the jets, there really wasn't anything there for Cunningham. He's a decent backup, but it doesn't appear he brings enough to the table to consistently beat out Stacy in terms of running the ball. But if he can provide a more reliable receiving option, perhaps things could change. For now, he's the backup on a horrible offense with a pretty bad offensive line. Probably not a guy you want to roster if you have limited space.
2014 Week 2 vs TB (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Cunningham barely got on the field, and had little room to run when he did. In fact, there really wasn't much of note to report about his game. His only positive run came on 3rd and 13 when the defense was sitting back allowing the run. He ran for 10 yards, but fell short of the first down. Other than that play, he had no room to run, and made nothing happen on the ground when given the opportunity. The RBBC that many predicted isn't happening.
2014 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Cunningham, on the other hand, did virtually nothing of note in the game. He had one decent 7 yard run when the hole opened up, but other than that, looked the part of a journeyman RB that is only out there to give the starter a breather. Cunningham has had big plays in the past, but so far this year, he has been quite uneffective when given the opportunity.
2014 Week 5 vs PHI (7 / 47 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Cunningham made the most of his opportunities in this game. In the first half, he got the opportunity to play a little, and played well. Finding a hole, Cunningham showed great patience, showed off a jump-step, and exploded for a 13 yard gain. In the second half, Cunningham got the ball at the Eagles 14, broke one tackle, and found a huge hole to score the first TD of the comeback attempt by the Rams. From then on, Cunningham was a check-down target, aside from one beautiful run on the next possession. Benny headed up the middle, make a GREAT juke, completely changed directions, and then got a nice gain for a first down. Cunningham didn't get a lot of carries, but he made the most of them. A realistic view might show that the Eagles defense was tired in the second half, and was expecting the pass. So it will be interesting to see what Cunningham can do as the first string if Stacy's injury is a long-term thing. Stacy is clearly the better runner, but Cunningham offers a bit more speed, and he still has some juke to him. He has held off all challenges as the primary backup to Stacy, and may get an increased workload in the weeks ahead.
2014 Week 6 vs SF (7 / 21 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Cunningham got a goalline carry, bounced off the line, took it outside and easily scored. Aside from that, however, he wasn't a factor in the game. After two years, it's safe to say that Benny Cunningham isn't going to take over as the primary ball carrier. He doesn't really do anything better than Zac Stacy. But honestly, he doesn't seem to do anything worse either. Cunningham's stats were almost identical to Stacy's, other than the one goalline carry that he scored on. But the blocking just wasn't there for either guy, and they both looked quite slow in comparison to Tre Mason.
2014 Week 7 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Cunningham's role appears to be unchanged. He remains the change-of-pace rb, and while he only had 2 carries, he played a huge role in the passing game catching 5 passes and getting a TD. Cunningham has great hands, and the shovel pass to Cunningham, while a good playcall, ended with Cunningham bowling over the defender to get the TD. Cunningham had two plays on special teams that really won the game for St. Louis. The first was on a kickoff return. His 75 yard return put the Rams in excellent field position early in the game. This allowed the Rams to quickly get some points, and get the entire team some energy and momentum. It wasn't going to be easy to drive the field on Seattle, and this play turned the game around. Late in the 4th quarter, Jeff Fisher made the bold decision to run a fake punt from deep in their own territory. Punter Johnny Hekker threw a pass to Cunningham, and Cunningham saved Jeff Fisher from a firestorm of controversy by securing the ball and running for 18 yards and the game-winning first down. Cunningham appears to be seeing playing time ahead of Stacy because of his receiving skills. He remains little threat to win the starting job, but has built himself into a very important role player for St. Louis.
2014 Week 8 vs KC (4 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Cunningham had a huge kickoff return on the first drive that put the Rams into position to score their first Td. On that first drive, he also got a 9 yard gain, and almost scored a TD on a swing pass. Davis just overthrew Cunningham, which caused him to lose his balance and fall after he caught the pass. Cunningham only had one other big play in the game, and it was when the Rams were backed up on their own 1. Cunningham made a nice cutback in the endzone, got out of danger, cut again toward the sideline and ran for 18 yards.
2014 Week 9 vs SF (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Cunningham made the 49ers pay on two screen passes. Cunningham has proven to be a very natural receiver, and Austin Davis loves to dump it off to him, and has confidence in his receiving ability. That being said, when your 2nd string running back has the most receiving yards on the day, you know the offense struggled. Cunningham did receive a few carries, but had no running room and wasn't able to do anything with them.
2014 Week 10 vs ARI (4 / 12 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Cunningham didn't do much in helping Mason boost the overall run game for the team, but did manage to find the end zone on one of his four carries on the day. In a single-back, 2-TE set the Rams front simply overpowered the Cardinals defense, no easy task itself, allowing Cunningham to stay between the tackles and one-cut his way into the end zone for an easy 3-yard score. Cunningham added two short catches in the passing game, but outside of his touchdown contributed very minimally on Sunday.
2014 Week 11 vs DEN (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Cunningham appears to have lost any part of a timeshare, as he's not getting many carries anymore. But Cunningham continues to work as the third down back, and did a nice job of coming on and getting some big 3rd down conversions for the Rams. He caught a 12 yard screen pass at the end fo the first half. Then on the first possession of the second half, Cunningham made two nice 3rd down receptions. On the first, he caught a back shoulder throw as Hill improvised and threw it on the run. Then on the next set of downs, Hill stepped up and saw Cunningham in the flat. Cunningham cleanly caught the ball turned and got just enough for first down yardage. Cunningham isn't a big part of the gameplan, but he seems to be developing into a big weapon in the passing game, as his natural receiving skills are coming to the forefront.
2014 Week 12 vs SD (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Cunningham had a few nice runs, but 2 of them were in long yardage, meaningless situations. At this point, he's just on the field to give Mason a breather. He isn't any threat to steal carries from Mason.
2014 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Cunningham got involved again in this game, continuing his role as the change-of-pace back to Tre Mason. Cunningham had a really nice 2nd quarter 20 yard run. He made a move at the line, saw daylight, then made two really nice jukes in space to get 20 big yards. As the third down back, Cunningham gets a lot of receptions. He was on the field on the majority of 3rd downs in this game, which limited Tre Mason's receptions, and allowed Cunningham to haul in 5 passes. Cunningham didn't really make a huge impact in the receiving game in terms of big plays, but he does a great job as a security blanket as he is sure-handed and has a nose for the first down marker.
2014 Week 15 vs ARI (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Cunningham had an early 19 yard reception on a screen on the first drive. After that reception, he really didn't make an impact on the game, only getting 2 carries, and a couple short catches. Cunningham has become the third down back, and while he seems to do the job well, he doesn't have the explosion of Mason and so is more of a role player for St. Louis.
2014 Week 16 vs NYG (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Cunningham has been used in passing situations, and he again got a couple short receptions in this contest. But it was his fumble on a punt return that really got things going for the Giants and swung the momentum early.
2014 Week 17 vs SEA (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
Cunningham had a huge day as a receiver, catching 7 balls. But St. Louis was in long yardage situations for most of the game and Cunningham had a lot of catches in 2nd and 3rd and longs, so they weren't very important or impactful to the game. Cunningham's most relevant play came on a dive toward the endzone late in the 4th quarter. As he reached out to try and score, he fumbled the ball at the 1, it went out of bounds through the endzone for a Seahawks touchback. That's the kind of day it was for St. Louis and for Cunningham. Cunningham is a serviceable backup with decent hands, but you have to figure that this position is one that St. Louis could improve on. In 2015, Cunningham will likely be fighting for a job in training camp with Stacy and any other rookies the Rams bring in.
2013 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cunningham got his opportunity early in the game on a 3rd and short. He ran far too upright, allowing the defender to get under him and gain the leverage. Then Richardson further cemented his spot as the primary RB when on the very next play he was able to gain the first down on 4th and short. Cunningham's other lone carry went nowhere.
2013 Week 3 vs DAL (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Cunningham continues to get on the field ahead of Zac Stacy, an indication that he must be out-playing Stacy in practice. But we have yet to see him do anything of value on the field. On two successive carries, he was able to dive forward to gain just a bit of extra yardage, but we're talking about the difference in a 1 yard gain and a 2.5 yard gain. His 9 yard run was on the last play of the game and the Cowboys were in the deepest of prevent defenses, so it's hard to even count that run as anything significant. Another St. Louis RB who missed on an opportunity to earn more playing time.
2013 Week 4 vs SF (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Cunningham continued to get the 2nd string carries, and continued to do nothing with them, finding the same lack of running room that Richardson did. Cunningham did have a nice 17 yard gain on a screen pass late in the game, but the only thing that did was make Rams fans wonder where the screen pass had been all night.
2013 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cunningham came into the game late in the fourth quarter and logged a few carries. On the first carry, he destroyed the defender in the middle of the field, then got more positive yardage, getting ahead for a 6 yard gain. Then he made a quick, decisive cut and got up-field for 5. He seems to be an ideal runner for a one-cut-and-go system.
2013 Week 6 vs HOU (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cunningham came into the game on the final possession, and was just used to kill the clock. He did have a nice 7 yard run, but at this point isn't a part of the regular rotation.
2013 Week 10 vs IND (7 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
With Daryl Richardson inactive due to a foot injury, Cunningham got a chance to show his stuff as the primary backup to Stacy. A late game 50+ yard run really helped his cause. Cunningham showed good vision to slip through the hole, and then turned on the jets and outran most of the Colts defenders. On an earlier run, he got a good block, broke one tackle and rumbled forward for 8 yards. Cunningham showed the potential to possibly be a decent fill-in RB if the opportunity ever presents itself.
2013 Week 12 vs CHI (13 / 109 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cunningham has emerged as the primary backup to Zac Stacy, and he had a huge day after the Stacy injury. Cunningham has a bit more speed than Stacy, as he showed on an 11 yard burst up the right sideline when he entered the game after the injury. In the 2nd half, he found huge holes and made great work with them. Finding a hole on the right side, Cunningham exploded through it, showing his speed and downhill running style. So far this year, Cunningham hasn't displayed the same vision that Stacy has shown, but on another play, Cunningham made a strong cut-back, found a hole, broke two tackles, made a second cut, and finished by driving into the defender. His longest play of the game was another massive hole that he simply ran through for a 27 yard gain. Much like Stacy's long run, the kudos for the run has to go to the Oline for the ability to open a hole that big. It's rare you get opportunities like that in the NFL. But when you combine Jeff Fisher's power running game with the Bears pathetic run defense, you have a recipe for big yardage, which Cunningham took advantage of. If Stacy is out for a few weeks, Cunningham could be a good fill-in. He seems to be improving in his style. He keeps both arms wrapped around the ball, runs with exceptional physicality, and seems to display a bit more speed than Stacy. Whether he'll be able to do anything when the defenses tighten up over the next few weeks, remains to be seen. But for now, he's doing a great job of securing the backup role.
2013 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cunningham only had 2 carries, but he did find a nice hole on one of the carries, and he used that speed to go for 13 yards right up the gut. Again, he looks just a bit quicker than Stacy, and that speed/strength combo might be something the Rams want to use more often than just twice in a game.
2013 Week 14 vs ARI (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Cunningham just didn't see much playing time. Stacy was stone-walled, and Cunningham didn't fare much differently the few times he was in the game. He remains a guy to watch for if Stacy gets hurt, but if Stacy plays, he'll be a non-factor.