Cardinals could give Eno Benjamin an opportunity in 2022

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Eno Benjamin
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Eno Benjamin /

Eno Benjamin’s role with the Arizona Cardinals could increase if James Conner or Chase Edmonds are lured away in free agency.

Back in 2020, the Arizona Cardinals selected a running back with the 222nd-overall pick of the NFL Draft. Many seventh-round selections have to fight just to remain in the league, but Eno Benjamin may be handed a golden opportunity with the Cards offensive unit in 2022.

Arizona’s top two ball-carriers, James Conner and Chase Edmonds, are both heading for unrestricted free agency. The duo was sensational in 2021, and the organization has indicated that they’d like to bring both back. However, a limited amount of salary-cap space could make it quite difficult to retain both Conner and  Edmonds.

The departure of one or both of those two backs could leave the door wide open for the 22-year old Benjamin. Will the 5-foot-9, 207-pounder be able to handle the added responsibility?

Arizona Cardinals offensive unit may need more out of Eno Benjamin in 2022

Benjamin made it easy for the Cardinals franchise to scout him during his college career. The Dallas, Texas native logged three seasons at nearby Arizona State University, registering outstanding numbers along the way. Benjamin racked up 3,492 yards from scrimmage and was credited with 31 total touchdowns in 34 career games for the Sun Devils.

The two-time First-team All-Pac-12 performer failed to dress in any matchup for Arizona during his rookie campaign in 2020. This past fall, Benjamin carried the rock 34 times for 118 yards and caught six passes for an additional 42 yards in nine appearances for the squad. The speedy back recorded the first touchdown of his professional career in Week 9 when he scored from 21 yards out against the San Francisco 49ers.

One particular member of the Cards roster will be paying close attention to what happens with Conner and Edmonds this offseason. Benjamin will be more than ready to pick up the slack if a job in the team’s backfield becomes available.

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