Eno Benjamin finally gets to show why the Cardinals drafted him

(Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) Eno Benjamin
(Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) Eno Benjamin /

It’s finally time to see what Eno Benjamin can do as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, as he takes the field for the first time Friday night.

For running back Eno Benjamin, a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the long wait to get in a game for the Arizona Cardinals is expected to finally be over on Friday in the team’s preseason matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

Benjamin is a local player from Arizona State who has great speed to grab short passes and take them the distance. Last season, he suffered the same fate as Cardinals linebacker Evan Weaver, as both did not even see the field for the team, not even any time on special teams duties. This just reinforced the theory that Arizona doesn’t trust their rookie players unless their name is Zaven Collins.

With Cardinals running back James Conner now out for Friday after being placed on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, Benjamin will likely backup Chase Edmonds against the Cowboys and get a ton of reps.

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Last season, I wrote an article detailing how Benjamin could benefit the Cardinals as their offense gradually faded after the bye week. The points mentioned in that article, which was published in December of last year, remain true.

Just think about the amount of speed with Benjamin in the backfield with Arizona rookie receiver Rondale Moore running a jet motion. An option with these two would be lightning-quick and the RPO game would result in mismatches and fatigue for the front seven of any opponent.

Besides, since there most likely won’t be a clear starter in the Cardinals offensive backfield this season, playing Benjamin to help give any of the guys ahead of him on the depth chart some rest won’t hurt.

It’s exciting that we finally get to see what he can do on Friday. With his return ability, short stature, and lateral quickness, Benjamin has some characteristics reminiscent of former Arizona running back LaRod Stephens-Howling.

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Eno Benjamin fans, the time has finally come. Let’s enjoy his performance on Friday against Dallas!