The gag is that the Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard to be their new short-yardage back after the 5-9, 208-pound rookie slammed it over from the 1 to start Cincinnati's scoring in Thursday night's 27-10 victory over the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium in the preseason finale.
That marked Bernard's third one-yard scoring run this season it and it got him thinking about a guy he knew in college.
"A.J. Blue," Bernard said of his North Carolina teammate. "Every time we got close they put him in there. He was a big back. We'll see how it goes in the regular season."
If Bernard isn't pulled around the goal line, then he could have an even bigger impact in his rookie season than we're projecting (#25 in PPR, #29 in standard). We're assuming BenJarvus Green-Ellis will get most of the goal-line work, but that hasn't been the case in the preseason.