Giovani Bernard is a player you may not have heard a lot about until he made his NFL debut with the Cincinnati Bengals this season. Going into Week 4 of the NFL season he has already begun to make a name for himself with the Bengals and has been recognized as one of the top five NFL rookies so far this season. There are many reasons why Bernard is a great addition to the Bengals offense.
Bernard’s versatility is a great asset to have on any offense. He offers the Bengals plenty of options on offense since he can run the ball and receive it. The Bengals’ win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday is a perfect example of how he can be such a versatile player. Bernard had 50 rushing yards on 10 attempts with one touchdown, along with four receptions for 49 yards. The Bengals say he also offers an ideal complement to fellow running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard and Green-Ellis go well together, and it could provide more playing time for both if Bernard is used as a receiver more often and Green-Ellis is used as the running back.
Bernard has been described as a “quick and instinctive rusher and a smooth receiver out of the backfield.” It has also been said that he runs under control in traffic and has a quick burst into open spaces. Head coach Marvin Lewis describes him as “dynamic”, a “great weapon to our offense”, and “extremely hard-working”. Hopefully the Bengals’ fans believe in him as much as Lewis seems to.
As a second-round draft pick in this year’s NFL Draft, Bernard is regarded by many analysts as “having the chance to be an instant impact player in the NFL”. This is very believable, as he has already started to make an impact on the Bengals offense after only three games. It may be deceiving, but Bernard looks to have a bright future in the NFL.