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Mixon pick creates crowded backfield in Cincinnati

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Setting aside the biggest issues arising from the Bengals’ decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, the team has now added a third second-round tailback to the depth chart.

Gio Bernard arrived via the second round in 2013. The following year, the Bengals used a second-round pick on Jeremy Hill. With Mixon now on the team, who gets the short straw?

Bernard, who tore an ACL late last season, already has received a $1 million roster bonus for 2017. He has a cap charge of more than $3.6 million this year.

Hill enters the final year of his rookie contract. He has averaged fewer than four yards per carry in each of the two years since his rookie season that featured 5.1 yards per attempt. He could be vulnerable to a trade or, possibly, an outright release. Either move would entail a cap charge of only $262,000.

It makes more sense for Mixon to supplant Hill, given their comparable styles. Regardless, it’s hard to imagine the Bengals keeping all three guys in 2017.

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9 Responses to “Mixon pick creates crowded backfield in Cincinnati”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 28, 2017 9:16 PM

    The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line is so weak and diminished that the team should probably keep 4 quarterbacks and 6 running backs.

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 28, 2017 9:25 PM

    Just tell him all those guys wearing helmets on the other team are women.

  3. Exapno Mapcase says: Apr 28, 2017 9:38 PM

    Jeremy Hill should’ve been cut after fumbling the team out of the playoffs the season before last.

  4. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Apr 28, 2017 9:40 PM

    Keep your chin tucked Jeremy!

  5. b412 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:50 PM

    Mixon is a reasonable upgrade from Rex Burkhead.

  6. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 28, 2017 10:01 PM

    Gio won’t be ready to start the season from what I hear. Hill will likely start, Mixon will get a chance to supplant him, and Mixon will fully replace Hill’s role in 2018. Gio will continue to stay in his current role when he comes back.

  7. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 28, 2017 10:27 PM

    Hey Cincy, lock up your sisters and daughters. Rampage is coming!

  8. mysterytonite says: Apr 28, 2017 10:50 PM

    Hill is all but gone after this year. Gio better get his act together too: keep in mind this is his second acl injury. Mixon should be the unquestioned starter next season. But yes, the o-line needs some suring up.

  9. shoesfinest says: Apr 30, 2017 8:06 AM

    The Bengals carry 4 running backs typically and one of those is Cedric Peerman who is a special teams ace. They will carry all 3 and let Hill walk at the end of the year. Nothing wrong with having a few good running backs.

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