Giovani Bernard’s role growing with Bengals

Reuters

Rookie running back Giovani Bernard was limited in practice on Thursday because of a hamstring injury, but the limits on his playing time with the Bengals are disappearing.

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.