"If you're a running back, you always want to be able to have explosive runs," Bernard said Friday, per ESPN.com. "Maybe not so much just the 10-yard runs or 15-yard runs or the 20.
"I want to be able to break the 50s, 60s and 70s. And who knows? Maybe the 80s and 90s. Things like that take hard work and dedication. That's really where your skills come into play is on those explosive runs."
Only three of Bernard's 170 rookie totes cracked the 20-yard barrier last season. His longest gallop was a 35-yard touchdown bolt against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, a game that also produced his highest yards-per-carry figure at 8.78.
"This year, I'll take a few more chances," Bernard said. "A lot of people talk about the Miami run. That was a chance that I took. But that was a run where, I don't do that often."
Jackson did wonders for Darren McFadden in Oakland and brings a history of unleashing his backs. With BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the roster bubble, the fleet-footed Bernard has taken first-team snaps during OTAs and projects as Cincy's opening day starter.
We expect he'll get his wish in 2014.