Benny Cunningham
Benny Cunningham
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Injury Hamstring
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The last two seasons in Chicago saw Cunningham used primarily as a special-teams contributor, as he played only 37 offensive snaps in 2018. The 28-year-old previously had been used as a third-down back -- he had 20 receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns in 2017 -- and was hoping to fill a similar role for the Jaguars before they released him in early August. There isn't much time for Cunningham to prove himself with a new team before the start of the regular season. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Jaguars in August of 2019.
Released by Jacksonville
RBFree Agent
August 11, 2019
Cunningham (hamstring) was released by the Jaguars with an injury settlement Sunday, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports.
Cunningham was thought to be absent from Thursday's preseason opener due to his veteran status, but he appears to have been dealing with a hamstring injury. The 29-year-old seemed to have a decent chance of cracking the Jaguars' 53-man roster as a third-down back, but he'll have to latch on elsewhere once healthy.
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How do Benny Cunningham's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Drop Rate
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Although Cunningham likely won't see much work with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen leading the backfield, he could have a path to playing time should the team suffer injuries at running back. However, even with Cohen being drastically underused by the former coaching staff last year, Cunningham gathered just nine rushing attempts and 20 receptions, so his opportunity for regular work may not be in the cards. With new coach Matt Nagy installing a fast-paced attacking offense, Cunningham could see sporadic work as a third-stringer, but if he gets a chance to see regular snaps, his ability as a receiver would likely be his best path to fantasy production, especially since he has a 45-catch season on his resume. Don't expect him to contribute much as a runner, since he's failed to top 3.8 yards per carry in three of the last four seasons. In addition, if the team chooses to use him as a returner, he'd have a little added value in leagues that reward return yardage, as he's averaged over 20 kickoff returns per season during his five years in the league, though he only had seven in his first campaign with the Bears.
The Bears were in clear need of a running back with receiving skills after Jeremy Langford struggled last year and Jordan Howard performed best as an early-down runner, precipitating Cunningham's signing to bolster the backfield. Although passing downs are his best chance to carve out a role, the team used a fourth-round draft choice on Tarik Cohen, and should the explosive rookie capitalize on his potential, Cunningham could end up seeing most of his time on kick returns.
A 2013 UDFA, the 26-year-old Cunningham has more receiving yards (661) than rushing yards (647) through the first three seasons of his career, having mostly served as the Rams' third-down back. He's likely slated for a similar role after re-signing on a one-year, $1.7 million contract, but it is quite possible the Rams will want Todd Gurley to assume more of the third-down work now that he isn't a rookie. In any case, Gurley will dominate the carries so long as he's healthy, and while Cunningham will likely take the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, this isn't a clear handcuff situation. Though his 5-10, 215-pound frame may seem sufficient for a lead-back job, Cunningham is neither particularly quick nor powerful, mostly offering value with his hands, pass-blocking and work on special teams.
Seemingly buried on the running back depth chart behind Zac Stacy and Tre Mason to begin the 2014 season, Cunningham ended up carving a little niche for himself as a third-down back to finish off the campaign. While he only had one game with more than 30 yards rushing, he did collect 45 catches for 352 yards and a touchdown by the end of the season. With Stacy gone and Todd Gurley in town, Cunningham's 2015 role is unlikely to change. He should still pick up three to five catches a game with an occasional rush attempt thrown in there, especially if Gurley is not ready for the beginning of the season.
An undrafted signee out of Middle Tennessee, Cunningham impressed in his limited opportunities last season, particularly when he saw heavier work in Weeks 10 and 12, turning a total of 20 carries into 181 yards and a touchdown in those two games. He was sparingly used otherwise and figures to again slot into a depth role this year, backing up Zac Stacy, with rookie Tre Mason also in the mix on that front. The explosive Cunningham will also serve as the Rams' primary kick returner.
More Fantasy News
Won't play Thursday
RBJacksonville Jaguars
August 8, 2019
Cunningham will not dress for Thursday's preseason game against the Bills, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.
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Looking good for roster spot
RBJacksonville Jaguars
June 20, 2019
Cunningham's pass-catching skill gives him a good chance to make the 53-man roster in Jacksonville, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Moves on to Jaguars
RBJacksonville Jaguars
April 2, 2019
The Jaguars signed Cunningham to a contract Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Checking out Jacksonville
RBFree Agent
April 1, 2019
Cunningham will visit the Jaguars this week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
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Set to hit free agency
RBChicago Bears
January 1, 2019
Cunningham rushed six times for 13 yards in Chicago's Week 17 win over Minnesota to conclude the season with 11 carries for 20 yards along with one reception for nine yards.
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