Bernard stayed in Cincinnati almost the entire offseason so he could rehab with Bengals trainer Nick Cosgray. He said he gave himself only two weeks to visit his hometown of Boca Raton, Florida.
"And the only reason, I was like, 'Nick, I really just want to be able to get a different type of training, get used to the humidity so I'm ready for camp,'" Bernard said. "He gave me two weeks down there, and obviously I worked my butt off down there as well."
Bernard was making his usual cuts during team drills and showing off his speed down the sidelines. He admitted he felt so confident he might have even pushed it more than normal just to see how the knee responded. Bernard is the Bengals' best pass-blocking running back and one of their more versatile players. In 10 games last season he rushed for 337 yards and two touchdowns and caught 39 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown.