Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard enjoyed an excellent rookie season last year as the team reached the playoffs. But now he could be moving out of the backfield in the sides new offense under Hue Jackson.
The 22-year old out of the North Carolina Tar Heels had over a thousand yards in his debut year with the Ohio side, providing effective relief and an extra option from former starting back BenJarvus Green-Ellis - The Law Firm - and giving Andy Dalton's passing game an extra dimension.
The Bengals took a new running back in the second round of the draft at the start of the month in Jeremy Hill out of LSU and he is seen as more of a rough and tough, run it up the gut style of back compared to Bernard's speed in open space play.
With three backs now on the roster, it was thought that there might be changes and that has proven to be true with the news that in the new Bengals offense after the loss of Jay Gruden to the Redskins, Bernard is set to be utilised as a wide receiver, giving quarterback Dalton another option through the air.
“We want him everywhere on the field. Make people guess where’s he at," running backs coach Kyle Caskey said, drawing comparisons to Reggie Bush. "You have to make a decision to either play the run or play the pass. What do you do when he’s on the field? He’s a lot like Reggie Bush where you have to be aware at all times.”
Not only should this quell the worries of Gio’s fantasy owners about his loss of touches, but it should also make the Bengals a more interesting and scary offense to deal with. Now let's see if they can finally win a playoff game.