All eyes are on Rex Burkhead, Giovani Bernard’s good friend (and they’re all his good friend because Bernard is that kind of guy) because he’s the guy that is going to take his place as that jack-of-all-trades-third-down back that must catch run, catch, and block.
And there is enormous confidence in the 5-10, 214-pounds Burkhead. He’s an example of how deep the Bengals believe their roster is, a versatile sort promoted to slot receiver in the week between the 2014 regular-season finale and the Wild Card Game when Green couldn’t play with a concussion.
“More than capable,” Jeremy Hill said.
He’s emerged as a special teams staple the past two seasons, where he’s showed his reliability and smarts, and he’s their teams leading tackler this season. His hands have been on display every preseason and there has been a murmur after that stint in the slot to get him on the field more, the story said. Bernard was averaging 13 touches a game, including just over nine carries a game. It's hard to say if Burkhead will jump right in to that kind of a workload but the potential is certainly there.