Giovani Bernard parlayed a part-time role into 1,200 yards from scrimmage for the Bengals last year, and he arguably should be on the field even more.
Why is Bernard, not Jeremy Hill in our top 10? After all, Hill was Cincinnati’s designated starter at running back—he tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns on the ground last season and led the Bengals with 794 yards rushing. Well, to cut to the chase, Bernard was better across the board last season. He averaged 4.7 yards per rush and 9.6 yards per catch to Hill’s 3.6 and 5.3, respectively. There are other backs on our list who can provide similar all-around games, but that doesn’t mean such players are easy to come by. Bernard parlayed a part-time role into 1,200 yards from scrimmage, his third year of three since arriving in Cincinnati hitting the 1K mark. He arguably should be on the field even more. It might happen this season.