Cincinnati Enquirer beat reporter Paul Dehner Jr. is projecting Bengals running back Giovani Bernard to receive 300 touches in his second year in the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is entering second year as a pro, and has already proven himself to be a solid all-purpose back.
The 22 year-old finished last term with 695 rushing yards and 514 receiving yards, and also had eight total touchdowns. His workload is expected to increase in the coming campaign.
Paul Dehner Jr., the Bengals’ beat reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer, predicts that Bernard will receive 300 touches – receiving 230 carries and catching 70 passes.
These may be realistic targets for Bernard to achieve, but he is expected to split carries with rookie Jeremy Hill, who was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the draft. Hill rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns in his junior season at LSU.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who split carries with Bernard last season, will no longer be a key part of the Bengals offense and will have to fight for a roster spot this season. He and Rex Burkhead will each compete for the third running back roster spot.