Packers didn’t have a running back that could handle the blitz

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One of the most important skills that an NFL running back must learn is how to pass protect and pick up the blitz in order to keep their quarterback upright.

The reason the Green Bay Packers ended up having to sign free agent Cedric Benson is because it became clear to them that James Starks wasn’t going to give them much more in terms of on the field production and he also wasn’t good enough in pass protection.

“I get the feeling we might have seen the best of what he had to offer in the (2010) playoffs,” one daily team observer said, per ProFootballWeekly. “I’ll tell you what: None of these RBs can pick up the blitz, which is going to keep (FB John) Kuhn on the field more.”