Bengals OC: Jeremy Hill 'has earned the right to play'

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This is one of those rare situations when fans, media and coaches are all on the same page. Even as starting back Giovani Bernard starts returning from a series of injuries, the ball clearly deserves to be in Jeremy Hill's hands more than before.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Wednesday that it will be.

"He deserves it," Jackson said.

"Jeremy has done tremendous [work] and he has earned the right to play, there's no question about that," Jackson said.

"It's going to be hard for me to just say, 'Let's thrust him in there again and let him go again,'" Jackson said of Bernard. "We've got to work him back into our process and how we do things. What will determine that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go. He had a tremendous practice [Wednesday] and we'll see where this thing goes."

Fantasy Impact: 

Bernard averaged 18.7 touches per game in the first seven games, while Hill averaged 9.0 touches in the same span. We're expecting Hill to lead the team in touches in Week 12, and the duo will move a 50/50 split as Bernard gets fully healthy.

Filed Under: 2014, W12

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