What is the best possible outcome for Benny Cunningham and what is his worst scenario?
As we get ready for the 2017 Bears season, it is a good time to look at the ceiling and floor of every player currently on the Bears roster. Of course, career ending injury is the absolute floor, but we will try to keep it to an on the field scenario. Also, this is the most reasonable ceiling to be set, Mitchell Trubisky is not going to be Super Bowl MVP, MVP and Rookie of the Year this season. With that all said, this edition will look at running back Benny Cunningham.
Cunningham excels in training camp. He looks like a stud pass catcher and it becomes apparent early on that he is going to be the team’s starting kick returner. Tarik Cohen returns punts, and comes in for some splash plays, but the pass catching change of pace become Cunningham while Cohen gets acclimated for the season. Mike Glennon looks to check down a lot and ends up finding Benny Cunningham for a career-high in receptions. Cunningham solidifies his spot on the roster and comes in next season as a shoe-in to make the team.
Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey come into training camp knowing that they have a lot to prove. They both show up in great shape and look like better options than Cunningham. Cohen passes Cunningham with ease as the team’s pass-catching back, and he becomes buried on the depth chart in terms of kick returning. This current Bears regime is quick to admit their mistakes, and with little long term value tied into him, his roster spot was not secure, to begin with. The Bears move on from Cunningham before the season and he bounces around to a few places before putting up career low numbers.