RB coach says Giovani Bernard could be "every down player"
Earlier this offseason, Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson said that rookie Giovani Bernard could find himself lined up out wide at times.
Bernard, the first running back selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, rushed for 1,200-plus yards in back-to-back seasons, but he also caught 45-plus passes in both of his seasons in Chapel Hill.
With BenJarvus Green-Ellis also on the roster and coming off a 1,000-yard season, Bernard won't be expected to carry the load every week, but Jackson certainly feels confident that he could do that.
“Having evaluated him and watched every game he played this year and had a chance to work him out, and having spent a lot of time with him,” Jackson said of Bernard (via bengals.com), “he has that skill set where I think he could play and be an every down player.”
Even if Green-Ellis gets a larger share of the workload to start the season, Bernard should see the balance shift in his favor as the season progresses.
Unlike the majority of "experts" tracked by FantasyPros, I am one of those in the minority to rank Bernard (31 percent of experts) higher than The Law Firm (69 percent) as of today.
As of my most recent update (June 27th), I had Bernard ranked 27th and Green-Ellis ranked 30th in my re-draft rankings (standard scoring). As we get closer to the start of the season, I will likely continue to move Bernard higher.
[Bernard is also my highest-ranked rookie RB in dynasty leagues at No. 17.]