"I like the fact that he's really consistent in running the ball," Jones said. "Last year we were running the ball not as much as I wanted to. You know, a running back like me, I need to get the ball so I can get carries and get myself into a groove. But he seems very adamant about running the ball."
General manager Jerry Angelo obviously considers Benson to be an upgrade over Jones, who may have a difficult time adjusting to a backup job, since he was brought in just a year earlier to be the main man.
In many ways Jones is reliving history. He came to Chicago after four disappointing seasons in the league. In both Arizona and Tampa Bay he had to share the ball with Michael Pittman and never touched the ball more than 161 times in a single season. He saw an opportunity in Chicago to escape the mediocrity and become a featured back. His presence drove Anthony Thomas out of town.
Now Benson presents an even more difficult challenge than what Jones did to Thomas a year ago.
"I'm the starter and I go about my business and do what I have to do," Jones said.
Missing practices is not doing anything for Benson's cause in terms of taking the job from Jones.
"We have so much going on on the field right now we really can't think and talk about Cedric until he gets into camp," said head coach Lovie Smith.
Still in the long run, chances are, the odd man out - probably Jones -- is not going to get nearly enough playing time to keep him content. His role will fall into that of a glorified third down back. Touches will be limited to what is available on part time basis.
But if Benson turns out to be the type of back who can carry an offense, as he was at Texas, the Bears will have a player to build around for years to come.