During last night’s win over the Steelers, it seemed no one could get a hand on Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard.
After the game, everyone wanted a piece of him.
But after a breakout performance on a national stage, the young running back tried to shrug the spotlight off himself.
“It’s always good to get a win,” Bernard said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s how I am, I have always been the type of guy to always want to win. Personal statistics aren’t that much to me. We came out with a win and we needed this one.”
And the Bengals needed Bernard. While he has star ability, he was drafted as a complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and has fit nicely into an offense with multiple weapons.
He scored twice last night, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and showing his burst on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, taking a dump-off from Andy Dalton and breaking a 10-10 tie.
“He’s a big-play guy,” Dalton said. “You see what he can do with it when he has the ball in open space. It’s good to get a guy like that. That’s why we drafted him where we did and so it’s a big part of this offense and where we want to be.”
While he’s not going to be an every down back, and the Bengals have plenty of other weapons in the passing game, he’s averaging 6.8 yards per touch in two games.
“The biggest thing is once you get your opportunity you have to shine,” Bernard said. “Benny got his opportunity, he shined. Once I got my opportunity I got to make plays. . . .
“As long as we win I’m happy, going to sleep happy. Then coming back tomorrow without coaches yelling at us.”
That desire to fit in might be his most impressive quality at the moment, among the many.