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Bernard had 27 carries for 90 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as five catches on six targets for 79 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Falcons.

Bernard was an absolute beast Sunday, as the Bengals dominated the Falcons. Backup Jeremy Hill also saw significantly more touches than he did in Week 1, finishing with 15 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, as well as two catches for 22 yards. Up next for Bernard is a solid matchup against a Titans defense that allowed 220 rushing yards to the Cowboys on Sunday.

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Bernard played 57 snaps Sunday against the Ravens as opposed to just 10 for Jeremy Hill, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

We don't expect the split to be that extreme in future games, but it's also clear that Bernard is the primary back and not a timeshare back.

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Bernard had 48 yards on 14 carries and 62 yards on six receptions in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Ravens.

Unable to find much success on the ground, Cincinnati leaned on its short passing game, which Bernard is a huge part of. That could be true to an even greater extent after TE Tyler Eifert (elbow) suffered what appeared to be a serious injury. Bernard didn't get any goal-line carries in Sunday's contest, but he played far more snaps than Jeremy Hill, and stayed in the game the only time the Bengals ventured inside the Baltimore 10-yard line.

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Bernard had 10 carries for 17 yards and caught a couple of passes for one yard in Sunday's preseason game at Arizona.

Bernard had trouble finding room to run, averaging under two yards per carry. Meanwhile, rookie Jeremy Hill fared better, rushing for 23 yards on six carries. It's been a quiet preseason for Bernard, although he's fully expected to shoulder most of the load once the regular season begins, and when you factor in Bernard's receiving abilities, he has the potential to be a breakout player in 2014. On a down note, it remains to be seen how much Bernard will be used around the goal line, with Hill and possibly BenJarvus Green-Ellis around.

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Bernard scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

Bernard gained four yards from the Jets' five-yard line, and then finished things off on the next play. While Benjarvus Green-Ellis got most of the goal-line and short-yardage work last season, Bernard was sometimes used from in close. It may be that Bernard will get a higher percentage of the goal-line carries this year, but both BJGE and rookie Jeremy Hill loom as threats to handle some of the early-down and goal-line workload.

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Bernard gained 10 yards on three carries and nine yards on one reception in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chiefs.

After registering 226 touches (170 carries, 56 receptions) in 16 games as a rookie, Bernard will likely see more of the ball this season. However, he still figures to lose some of the early-down work and goal-line carries to either Jeremy Hill or Benjarvus Green-Ellis, with Hill looking like the favorite. The Bengals still have A.J. Green and an excellent offensive line, so Bernard should have ample room to work with when he gets the ball in his hands.

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OC Hue Jackson said Giovani Bernard has had an "outstanding camp" so far.

Bernard's first training camp as the unquestioned starter is going well. "He's so explosive, he can catch the ball, he's a tough son of a gun. He protects. He blocks," Jackson said. With Jackson installing a run-based offense, we could easily see 400 total carries for Bernard and power complement Jeremy Hill. Gio is also going to be a huge factor as a receiver.

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Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey hinted at 260-300 touches for Gio Bernard this season.

Bernard had 226 touches last season. This year, he's the clear-cut No. 1 back and Hue Jackson is installing a run-based scheme. "You don't necessarily have to hand it off and say, 'Hey, Gio got 260 touches last year out of the backfield.' Maybe he gets 260 to 300 touches but he gets them some other way," Caskey said. "Maybe he gets 200 out of the backfield but he catches 100 passes or however it is. We'll find a way to get the ball to him."

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The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to feature Giovani Bernard "early and often."

The Bengals are shifting to a ball-control scheme under new run-first OC Hue Jackson, with Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill as the centerpieces. Beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. projects at least 230 carries and 70 receptions for Gio, numbers that are realistic considering he had 170 carries and 56 catches as a rookie last season. "Buckle up," says Dehner. We don't doubt that Bernard is poised for a breakout, but this leap in usage has already been built into his second round ADP.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 3 Months4 Comments's Geoff Hobson believes new OC Hue Jackson is targeting a "more ball-possession team that runs it more."

Hobson previously suggested Andy Dalton's pass attempts could dip into the Russell Wilson range. The box-score beneficiaries should be Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. The Bengals spoke early this offseason of utilizing Bernard a la Ray Rice, whose carries leaped from 107 as a rookie to 254 as a sophomore, and spiked from 33 to 78 receptions. Bernard will likely be replaced at the goal line by Hill, but the table is otherwise set for a nice 2014 breakout.