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Bengals planning increased role for Giovani Bernard

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03:08 PM ET 09.20 | The Cincinnati Bengals made Giovani Bernard the first running back off of the board in the 2013 NFL Draft and the rookie has made a big impact early this season, despite having a limited role in the team's offense. In the Bengals Week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, the rookie totaled 65 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Bernard began the season as the primary backup to starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but he is simply too talented to keep on the bench and the team is ready to increase his role sooner rather than later. Green-Ellis had 22 carries in the Week 2 win compared to Bernard's eight, but the offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said that the team is working to even the workload between the two backs.

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September 20, 2013  09:16 PM ET

Luigi would have been even better.

September 21, 2013  06:49 AM ET

But who gets to claim him as one of their own: Italian Americans or African Americans? It's the Tiger Dilema.

 
September 23, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Should be the starter......the guy is electrifing.

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