Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Giovani Bernard continues to be top of rookie RB class


The 2013 class of rookie running backs in the NFL hasn’t gotten off to a great start, but one player who is shining is Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard, who continues to show why he was the first running back drafted this year.

The former North Carolina Tar Heel is not only leading all NFL rookies with 147 rushing yards, but as well as yards-per-carry with 4.6  (minimum of 20 carries) and is tied for the rookie lead with three total touchdowns.

He also is currently graded-out as the No. 4 RB overall by Pro Football Focus’ grading system. PFF also has him currently in third-place in their race for the rookie of the year award:

Bernard is seeing more and more playing time (up to a season’s best 73.5% this week) and it’s easy to see why. He adds a much needed element to the Bengals’ offense with the ball in his hand.

And if you want to get a full understanding of how special Bernard is, read Matt Waldman’s piece on him



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