Cincinnati Bengals fans will be keeping a close watch on the running back position during training camp and the preseason.
Does the number one running back spot belong to second-year pro Giovani Bernard?
Not so fast.
Rookie running back Jeremy Hill will split carries with Bernard this season.
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals.com reports that Hill could see up to 250 carries this season, while Bernard could see about 230. That would put Bernard on pace for about 900 rushing yards assuming he maintains his 4.1 average.
It will be interesting to see just how well Hill performs during the preseason. The Bengals could find themselves in a very fortunate situation if Hill outperforms Bernard.
Two talented running backs along with a young quarterback and a stud at wide receiver may be recipe for the Bengals to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the 1990 playoffs.
Bengals running back BenJarvus “The Law Firm” Green-Ellis has been reported as a Bengal who could be on the training camp bubble.
Green-Ellis has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns during his six-year career. Last year, Green-Ellis ran for 756 yards on 220 attempts, equaling his lowest rushing average of 3.4 yards per carry in his career.
What’s worse for Green-Ellis is that he is on the last year of his three-year, $9 million contract signed in 2012. Green-Ellis is set to earn $3 million this year. That may be too much money for a third-string running back.