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Giovani Bernard’s role growing with Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals' Bernard runs in for the touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati 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.

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15 Responses to “Giovani Bernard’s role growing with Bengals”
  1. urfinished says: Sep 20, 2013 9:39 AM

    I understand working someone into the offense…but Gio is clearly the better back. If he plays more against Chicago they may be 2-0.

  2. nflcinbengals says: Sep 20, 2013 9:45 AM

    What’s exciting is we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. (yes we, our city our team)

  3. natijim235 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    Go Gio!

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    Another benefit from the Carson Palmer trade! Thanks, Oakland!

  5. wbkev24 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:17 AM

    Aint this the same dude from hard knocks riding around with his girlfriends mothers’ minivan?

  6. whocares69 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:18 AM

    I’m sure BJGE would get a lot more production if his OC wasn’t trying to make him run outside all the times with horrific pitch plays. He’s an in between the tackles RB

  7. jdfrox says: Sep 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    Reminds me of the Ray Rice Mcgahee days in Baltimore. Good back but you have to get the playmaker involved to make the offense more dynamic. Good tandem though.

  8. jtumen88 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:26 AM

    this kid is dynamic. you really cant compare his game to anyone else in the league, he’s too unique. cinci would be smart to give him maximum touches

  9. GT says: Sep 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    He is becoming this year’s Alfred Morris.

  10. pskotte says: Sep 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    Using both BJGE and Gio at the right time according to their particular skills gives the Bengals a scary good backfield that they haven’t had for twenty years. Look out AFCN.

  11. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    Is he a better fantasy play than Chris Johnson?

  12. bengalguy says: Sep 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    Gio, AJ, Dalton, Gresham & Eifert……sounds like a winning combination to me!
    WHO DEY!!!

  13. eatitfanboy says: Sep 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    Bernard is a great talent. I am a North Carolina fan so I have seen him play plenty.

    But I think his pro potential is best realized in tandem with a back like BJGE. I don’t necessarily see him holding up as an every down NFL back. But as part of a tandem with a big between-the-tackles runner like Law Firm, he can be explosive.

    Lots to be excited about in Cincy, if they could just get their QB to put his passes within 2 yards of his reciever’s hands on a consistent basis.

  14. aljack88 says: Sep 20, 2013 12:01 PM

    GT says:
    Sep 20, 2013 10:32 AM
    He is becoming this year’s Alfred Morris.

    —————————————————–

    …except that he also gets involved in the passing game. After this past weeks performance, I hope they plan to increase his play even more.

    ….and don’t bench him if/when he makes a turnover, like the Giants did/do with Wilson.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 20, 2013 2:33 PM

    trade bait

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