Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Gio Bernard (25) runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals' Gio Bernard: 'I'll take a few more chances' in second season


Cincinnati Bengals running back Gio Bernard had a solid rookie season and he has identified an area in his game that he wants to improve upon heading into the second season.

“If you’re a running back, you always want to be able to have explosive runs,” Bernard said Friday, via ESPN.com. “Maybe not so much just the 10-yard runs or 15-yard runs or the 20.

“I want to be able to break the 50s, 60s and 70s. And who knows? Maybe the 80s and 90s. Things like that take hard work and dedication. That’s really where your skills come into play is on those explosive runs.

“This year, I’ll take a few more chances,” Bernard added while referring to a 35-yard touchdown bolt against the Dolphins in Week 9. “A lot of people talk about the Miami run. That was a chance that I took. But that was a run where, I don’t do that often.”

The Bengals have a new offensive coordinator in Hue Jackson after Jay Gruden accepted the head coaching position with the Washington Redskins. Jackson said the Bengals will lean on the run to support Andy Dalton and help

“You have to have the threat of running the ball and the threat of being a physical unit in order to last for the duration of the season,” Jackson said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning, via ESPN.

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