ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NFL Network's Jason La Canfora tweeted Tuesday night that the Bengals have expressed interest in Green Bay Packers running back Brandon Jackson. Chicago Sun-Times Bears and NFL columnist Sean Jensen confirmed Cincinnati's interest on Wednesday.
Hearing Brandon Jackson (Packers) is drawing interest from the Cincinnati Bengals
Jackson started 13 games with the Super Bowl Champions last year, posting 703 yards rushing on 190 attempts for only three touchdowns. Jackson originally replaced Ryan Grant, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Comparative to Cedric Benson, Jackson has a mediocre 3.8 yard/rush average on 347 career carries compared to Benson, who posted a 3.5 yard/rush average last season.
The thinking is told-fold with Jackson. Either he's coming in to supplement (or compliment), not replace, Cedric Benson as a backup running back or he's mainly being used as insurance based on how the NFL reacts to Cedric Benson's second assault charge. Either way, he's a third-down back that doesn't project to be the bell-cow running back the Bengals are likely looking for.