Around the League  

 

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals strike contract

The Cincinnati Bengals used last month's draft to become more dynamic on offense, beginning with the selection of running back Giovani Bernard.

Instant Debate: The pressure is on ...
Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our analysts debate, with Jets QB Geno Smith topping the list. More ...

The second-round pick out of North Carolina signed with the Bengals on Thursday, the team announced. Terms were undisclosed, but locking in Bernard leaves just two rookies -- first-rounder Tyler Eifert and third-rounder Shawn Williams -- unsigned by the Bengals.

Bernard was the first back taken in the draft, and should see plenty of work alongside veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Where "The Law Firm" provides the Bengals' offense with a meat-and-potatoes type, the speedier Bernard is expected to see work on the outside. The rookie also figures into the passing game as a threat who can damage a defense in open space.

Green-Ellis won't lose his starting job -- yet -- but Bernard is the Bengals' backfield future. Factor in the versatile Eifert, who figures to line up all over the field at tight end, and this Bengals offense looms as a potential headache for AFC North defenses.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

Fan Discussion

NFL News
CONTENT
15