The Cincinnati Bengals drafted our very own beloved Gio Bernard in this year’s NFL Draft. They picked him in the second round and he was the first running back to be draft in this year’s draft. So far, based on readings and columns I’ve been reading…they love Bernard and could be in for a great season.
Bernard isn’t expected to be a starter this year, but that doesn’t mean he will not play a huge role for the Bengals. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the starting running back for them and he will lead and prepare Bernard not only for playing in the NFL but how to lead their team.
In my opinion, Bernard is the better running back and if I were coaching this team, would tap Bernard as my starter. However as a rookie, he serves a great role and generally speaking Cincinnati knows what they’re doing!. In his first season he will adjust to playing in a new league and will learn a new offense. It will also give him a chance to show the team his potential and that after one year under his belt, he can lead the running package.
The Bengals will also utilize Bernard in the option offensive as a passing option. Something Tar Heels fans might be familiar with! It wasn’t often, but it wasn’t unseen before!
I think it is not a matter of if, but when will Gio become a starting running back in Cincinnati and/or the NFL in general. He is a talented player and once he adapts to the new setting, will pick up right where he left off in Chapel Hill!