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42 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 7/2/1985 | Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA | Team: Cincinnati | College: Mississippi | NFL Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1616291.png | Owned/Started%: 7/2 | Average Draft Position: 176.80

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Jason LaCanfora: Several notable veterans could be released


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The release of Bengals former featured back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is not the only significant move that will be made by NFL teams involving veterans, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora is speculating that the Browns could part with Nate Burleson and that the Jets might let go of fellow wide receiver Stephen Hill. The former has been limited by injury in the preseason while the latter has proven disappointing throughout his young career.

Also on the bubble, according to La Canfora, is Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, though he is likely to stay because of the team's possible decision to keep three players at that position.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis shown the door by Bengals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) As many expected, the Bengals have cut veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The performance of rookie Jeremy Hill in the preseason was a motivating factor in forcing Green-Ellis out.

Green-Ellis was the team's featured back in 2013, which he finished with a meager 3.4 YPC average on 220 carries, though he did score seven touchdowns.

Giovani Bernard has already been pegged as the top back for Cincinnati this season with Hill in line for significant work.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis projected to be cut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) ESPN.com's latest projection has the Bengals cutting veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and keeping second-year pro Rex Burkhead instead. Green-Ellis did not play in the third preseason game due to a stomach virus, and he was in for just three plays the week before.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is No. 3 back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Bengals used BenJarvus Green-Ellis as their No. 3 running back Thursday against the Chiefs. He entered after Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill, gaining 19 yards on four carries. Green-Ellis was targeted once without a catch.

BJGE listed No. 2 ahead of Jeremy Hill


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Bengals listed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, not second-round pick Jeremy Hill, as Giovani Bernard's backup. But the team's website notes "vets are going to get the benefit of the doubt" on an initial depth chart.

Hill, who's listed third, has been running with the second team in practice. He's expected to beat out Green-Ellis and share carries with Bernard.

Jeremy Hill still ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill continues to work with the second team, ahead of veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis, reports ESPN.com. While he remains popular among teammates and coaches, Green-Ellis doesn't appear close to supplanting Hill or starter Giovani Bernard, the report said.

Rex Burkhead or Cedric Peerman could threaten Green-Ellis' roster spot.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis caught up in 'very tough numbers game'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis "is involved in a very tough numbers game," reports the team's website. Cincy drafted a big back in Jeremy Hill at No. 55 overall, and the team is loaded at running back.

Hill, Giovani Bernard and special teams co-captain Cedric Peerman look to be locks, the report said. The team might have to choose between Green-Ellis and second-year back Rex Burkhead, who's five years younger.

But no decision will be made until late in the preseason "because injuries are so much of a factor at running back." the website said.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis a third-stringer at OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the third back to take snaps as OTAs opened, behing starter Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Bengals could save $2.3 million by cutting Green-Ellis, who turns 29 in July.

Bengals likely to keep BenJarvus Green-Ellis


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) The Bengals are expected to keep running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2014 rather than save $2.5 million by cutting him, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Green-Ellis will compete with second-round rookie Jeremy Hill to be Cincy's power back in a tandem with Giovani Bernard.

Schefter reported the Bengals want Green-Ellis to "mentor" Hill.


Bengals have room for BenJarvus Green-Ellis 'right now'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) When the Bengals drafted LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the second round, many thought BenJarvus Green-Ellis' tenure in Cincinnati was over. But offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said there's room for both power backs, at least at the moment.

"Right now there is," Jackson told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Right now that's not my concern. We have some very competitive guys in that room, and nobody is going to shy away from anything. At the end of the day, we're going to play the best players."

Green-Ellis is scheduled to make $2.5 million this season, the last year of his contract. He'll compete with Hill for the chance to share snaps with Giovani Bernard.


Bengals draft RB Jeremy Hill


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 55 pick in the NFL Draft, the Bengals selected running back Jeremy Hill from LSU.

The Bengals already have Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the roster, but the addition of Hill could mean Green-Ellis is gone.

Hill, who is a big back at 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, had 1,940 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns on 317 carries along with 254 receiving yards on 26 catches for the Tigers. 

If the Bengals release Green-Ellis, Hill would form a formidable duo with Bernard in Cincinnati's backfield.


More balance coming to Cincinnati's offense?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has made it clear that he wants the team's run game to be more physical and more of a factor under his guidance. 

"What I need to do is unleash these guys," Jackson said. "We're going to try and create an environment for these guys to be great. That's what [head coach] Marvin [Lewis] is all about. We know we need to run the football. We want to run the football. That's where it starts. That's what he preaches." 

ESPN surmises that under Jackson the Bengals will average close to 30 carries per game from their primary backs, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. Last year when at least one of them had 15 carries the team was 6-1. 

Jackson has a good track record of utilizing running backs, so both should be effective in 2014.


Bengals moving toward ground-and-pound?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) With running backs coach Hue Jackson taking over as offensive coordinator, the Bengals could field a more run-oriented attack, reports NFL.com. That would be good news for running backs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, if the veteran isn't released.

"For me and Benny, I think we've done a good job thus far. I think we can continue to keep doing a good job," Bernard told the website. "We've just got to go into it with an open mind, and he's (Jackson) going to create this craziest playbook ever, but it's going to be fun. I'm excited for it."

Bernard didn't elaborate on the playbook. Last season Cincinnati ranked 18th in rushing yards (109.7 per game) and tied for 27th in yards per carry (3.6). But only seven teams had more than the Bengals' 481 rushing attempts.


Bengals running backs limited on the ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was limited on the ground against the Chargers.

Bernard carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards. He was a much bigger threat in the passing game. Bernard caught seven passes for 73 yards. He was targeted 10 times. 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis performed better on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for 42 yards. As usual, he did not play a big role in the passing game, and was not targeted. The Bengals were fighting to get back into the game late, and opted to go with Bernard down the stretch. Neither player was able to score.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 66 rushing yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 11 carries for 66 yards in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Ravens. 

Green-Ellis went over 50 rushing yards for just the second time in five games, but did finish with four rushing touchdowns in that span. He did not have a 100-yard rushing game this season, but finished with seven touchdowns -- a one-score improvement over 2012. 

Green-Ellis has played 15 or more games four straight years. He finishes the regular season with 756 rushing yards. 


Bengals backs low-end RB2 options


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/27/2013) Bengals running backs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have been a stellar one-two punch for the team this season. But they've been a tough duo to predict for Fantasy owners, who have seen the backs cannibalize each others' values. 

Bernard has gotten a steady amount of carries over the past four games, seeing no fewer than 12 and no more than 14. But his output has been varied, ranging from 20 rushing yards to 99. He's scored one touchdown in the last four games, while catching nine total passes. 

Green-Ellis, meanwhile, has been all over the pace with carries (ranging from four to 20 in that four-game span), but has scored four touchdowns. And in that span, Green-Ellis was severely limited in a game against the Steelers (the four-carry game) with an illness. 

In Week 10, when the Bengals faced the Ravens (this Sunday's opponent), Green-Ellis ran nine times for 36 yards, while Bernard ran 14 times for 58 yards and caught a season-best eight passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens had been solid against running backs this season, but have taken a step back lately, allowing six touchdowns over the last four games to backs, and 40 or more receiving yards to running backs in two of those games.

Bernard and Green-Ellis will likely continue their recent trends -- Green-Ellis serving as the workhorse and red zone back; Bernard getting about 13 carries and catching a handful of passes. That puts both of them on the cusp of RB2, with Bernard getting a bit of a bump in PPR formats thanks to his pass-catching ability.  


Touchdown only bright spot for BenJarvus Green-Ellis


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) On a day when quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals passing game could do no wrong against a Vikings defense that entered ranked 30th against the pass, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis could seemingly do no right in Week 16, picking up 24 yards on 12 carries.

Fortunately, one of those carries came inside the Vikings' 5-yard line, resulting in a 4-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Green-Ellis also had a 10-yard catch in what was his second striaght game with less than 40 combined yards. He had 4 yards on four carries last week at Pittsburgh.

In fairness, his change-of-pace option, Giovani Bernard, wasn't any better running the ball, picking up 20 yards on 13 carries. Bernard did contribute a 41-yard catch in the third quarter, though, giving him 67 total yards.

Green-Ellis will try to bounce back in Week 17, but he has what figures to be an even tougher matchup against the Ravens.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis should play more of a role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2013) When the Bengals found themselves down 21-0 after one quarter of play last week at Pittsburgh, bruising running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis took a back seat to speedy pass-catcher Giovani Bernard. Of Green-Ellis' four carries, his fewest in a game this season, only one came in the final three quarters of play.

Chances are that won't happen again Week 16 against Minnesota. The Vikings have been more competitive in recent weeks and even jumped out to an early lead against the Eagles last week, but they're not kind of team that would force the Bengals, an expected contender, to abandon their usual game plan -- the one that resulted in three rushing touchdowns for Green-Ellis in the two games prior to Week 15.

The Vikings rank 20th against the run, allowing 115.9 yards per game, and 30th against the pass, allowing 290.6 yards per game, so one way or another, the Bengals will move the ball against them. And when they get it inside the 5-yard line, there's a good chance it'll go to Green-Ellis.

Of course, if he doesn't score, he won't give you many points on yardage alone, which is why he should never be your first choice at running back. But don't let last week's performance keep you from using him in your flex spot.


Bengals get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Several Bengals had minor offensive contributions in the Week 15 loss at Pittsburgh. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried four times for 4 yards, receiver Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 20 yards and receiver Andrew Hawkins was targeted once without a catch.

They'll play the Vikings in Week 16.


Bengals' probables all playing


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Seven Bengals were probable on the injury report, and all seven are active at Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) will suit up along with linebacker Vontaze Burfict (thigh), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (knee), linebacker James Harrison (illness), safety George Iloka (concussion), wideout Marvin Jones (shoulder) and guard Kevin Zeitler (foot).


All but one on Bengals injury report probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) The Bengals are quite healthy heading into their Week 15 game against Indianapolis. Cornerback Terence Newman (knee) has been ruled out, but the rest of their Friday injury report features all probables.

That group includes linebackers James Harrison (illness) and Vontaze Burfict (illness/thigh), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (knee), running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness), safety George Iloka (concussion), wide receiver Marvin Jones (shoulder) and guard Kevin Zeitler (foot).


Two key Bengals back from illness on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and linebacker Vontaze Burfict both returned from illnesses to practice on Friday. Burfict has also been dealing with a thigh problem.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis sidelined with sickness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis missed his second straight practice Thursday with an illness.

If he gets healthy in time to play Sunday night against AFC North rival Pittsburgh, he will try to continue his productive run. Green-Ellis has scored three of his six touchdowns in 2013 in the last two games.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis finding end zone lately


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 28 red-zone rushing attempts, 15 more than committee partner Giovani Bernard. Green-Ellis is converting lately as he's scored three times in the past two games.

In Week 15 Green-Ellis visits a Steelers team that's yielded 14 rushing touchdowns, tied for sixth most. He was unable to score against them in Week 2 but produced 80 total yards on 23 touches.

Green-Ellis is averaging 16.6 carries over his last five games. Despite Bernard's often spectacular play, the Bengals continue to feed Green-Ellis, especially when they're ahead. Consider Green-Ellis a flex play who could pay off with another touchdown.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores twice in victory


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 17 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 42-28 victory over the Colts. He was targeted once in the passing game, but finished with no receptions. 

Green-Ellis' first touchdown came on a challenge in the second quarter. He was initially ruled down on the 1-yard line after a fourth-down rush attempt. But reviews showed that Green-Ellis tripped on his own, and therefore wasn't down by contact as he fell into the end zone. 

His second touchdown came with far less fanfare, on a one-yard run in the third. 

Green-Ellis, who now has three touchdowns in his last two games, faces the Steelers in Week 15. He ran 22 times for 75 yards against them when they first played in Week 2.