Of his 71 targets last year, Ginovani Bernard caught 53 and scored three touchdowns. (Simon Bruty/SI)
In the 2013 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard with the 37th overall selection in the second round and he made his presence felt immediately as a rookie. His versatility helped lead the Bengals to an AFC North championship and another playoff appearance as he rushed for 695 yards on 170 carries and caught 56 balls out of the backfield for 516 yards.
Well, in the second round of this year's draft, the Bengals once again selected a running back in power rusher, this time Jeremy Hill out of LSU with the 55th overall pick.
With the selection of Hill, the options of what the team can do with the all-everything Bernard now are limitless, and according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer, that includes him seeing some time at slot receiver.
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Running backs coach Kyle Caskey explained a little more in depth about what they plan to do with Bernard in the 2014 season.
"We want to do more with him because he can do that," Caskey said. "It's not just put him in the slot. We want him everywhere on the field. Make people guess where's he at. 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."
As for how Bernard feels about it, well, he's happy as long as he has that rock in his hands.
"If I get the ball I'm always happy," he said. "I can't complain to be able to make a play no matter where it's from, no matter if it's in the backfield or if it's out wide."
If anything, the Bengals' offense should again be fun to watch in 2014.