by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Geoff Hobson (via Twitter) recently posted:
Jay Gruden on Bennie and The Jet: “I think they are going to get more to 50/50 sooner than later, probably.” #Bengals
Over the first two games BenJarvus Green-Ellis has clearly dominated the carries, with 30 compared to Giovani Bernard’s 12. However, just because he has had more opportunities doesn’t mean he’s been productive with them:
- Green-Ellis – 100 yards (2.8 yards per carry)
- Bernard – 60 yards (5.0 yards per carry)
In other words, this shouldn’t be a major surprise. Bernard also offers significantly more upside in the passing game, despite only be targeted four times through the first two games.
Bernard is clearly the more explosive back, the question is going to be if the Bengals trust him to be the lead back or not. Even with a 50/50 split, however, he is going to have RB2 potential every week while Green-Ellis will be left with little appeal. As we’ve seen already, he’s far from a guarantee to make anything happen with his carries. If we know those carries are going to be limited? Forget him.
Even coming off his big performance on Monday night Bernard’s not quite trustworthy as more than a FLEX option, yet, but he’s going to get there soon enough. It’s just a matter of when the opportunities grow, and you would think that it’s going to happen relatively soon.
If you drafted him just stay patient, his time is going to come before long.
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