Bernard has produced 95 yards and two touchdowns on 14 touches over the first two games of the season, a level of production per play that BenJarvus Green-Ellis hasn’t matched while getting the ball almost three times as often as Bernard. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has noticed that disparity and says that it is going to get a lot more equitable in the near future.
“I think they are going to get more to 50/50 sooner than later, probably,” Gruden said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
If a bigger dose of playing time results in the same kind of success for Bernard, it probably won’t be too long before that 50/50 split gives way to one that favors Bernard over the veteran Green-Ellis. While the older player has his uses when it is time to grind out yards to eat clock, Bernard’s flashed a playmaking ability that adds a needed wrinkle to the Cincinnati offense.