Marcus Benard Enjoys Taking on ‘Small Man Complex’ in New Role as Interior Pass Rusher

FOXBORO, Mass. — It didn’t take long for Marcus Benard to rise up the depth chart with the Patriots. The fifth-year defender stood out in one-on-one drills as soon as the pads were strapped on when training camp started. He would fly past his opposing offensive lineman with a quick step and violent rip move. Patriots coaches quickly took notice and started putting him in with...
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Benard Says He Thinks ‘Kill’ When Put in 1-on-1 Pass-Rush Drills, Starts Smelling Quarterbacks

FOXBORO, Mass. — If there’s been one surprise standout veteran at Patriots training camp, it’s Marcus Benard. The free agent defensive end was an unheralded future signing in January, but he’s making his name known by dominating in 1-on-1 pass rush drills. Benard has the right mindset when he lines up across from an offensive lineman. Benard said he thinks “Kill” when...
August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Benard Says Tough Journey to Patriots Keeps Him Hungry, Puts Chip on His Shoulder

FOXBORO, Mass. — To say Marcus Benard has had a tough journey to the NFL would be an understatement. The pass rusher started out his amateur career at junior college before transferring to FCS Jackson State. He went undrafted in 2009 and spent the beginning of the season on the practice squad before recording 3 1/2 sacks in six games. He played in 15 games in 2010, recording 7...
July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Benard not expected to make the Patriots final roster

Mike Rodak of doesn’t expect Marcus Benard to make the Patriots final 53-man roster because of how crowded New England is at defensive end. Benard is part of a crowded picture at defensive end, and will very likely be locked in a battle with Jermaine Cunningham to be part of the rotation at the position. With Justin Francis and Jake Bequette good bets to crack...
Via Pro Football Zone
July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Benard, Auston English and Antwuan Reed placed on IR

The Browns waived injured players as a part of their initial roster cut down to 75. Three of those players cleared waivers today and made it to the Browns’ injured reserve. Marcus Benard (DE) Placed on IR (dislocated elbow). Auston English (DE) Placed on IR (undisclosed). Antwuan Reed (CB) Placed on IR (undisclosed). Obviously the most disappointing of those for Browns fans is...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns Not Cutting Marcus Benard Slack This Season, They Waived Him

The Cleveland Browns paid  Marcus Benard last season after he crashed his motor cycle on I-71, something the team didn’t have to do. They saw great promise in  Marcus Benard. What a difference a year makes. Benard goes from one of the players with the biggest potential to get to the quarterback to man with out a team. Did the motor cycle crash take more air out of  Benard...
Via Cleveland Sports 360
August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns trim roster, waive Marcus Benard

BEREA, Ohio The Browns made the following moves to get down to the 75 limit by 4 p.m. Monday. They waivedinjured defensive end Marcus Benard, defensive lineman Auston English and defensive back Antwuan Reed. Benard suffered a dislocated elbow against the Eagles, while English and Reed suffered undisclosed injuries this past week. Benard missed most of last season after being involved...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns DE Benard feels "blessed" after accident

As sweat beads streaked his cheeks, defensive end Marcus Benard looked out at the green practice fields behind the Browns' training facility. For a time, he didn't know if he'd see them again. He made it back. Seven months ago, an instant of recklessness on a motorcycle nearly took Benard's life. At 26, a highly paid professional athlete just tapping into his potential...
Via AP on Fox
May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Free Agency: Browns reportedly will not tender Marcus Benard

According to a report by ProFootballTalk the Browns will not tender their restricted free agent OLB / DE Marcus Benard.  What this means is that he will be unrestricted and free to sign anywhere on March 13th. While it is somewhat surprising to me, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Benard won’t be back.  If the Browns had tendered Benard, I believe the price tag would have been...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Browns won't tender DE Benard

The Cleveland Browns opted to pay defensive end Marcus Benard's salary for the remainder of the 2011 season - even though they were not required to do so. They do not plan to be as giving in 2012 - with his salary or even offer him a tender, Pro Football Talk reported citing a league source. The Browns made the decision to pay Benard after the defensive end suffered a broken...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

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