After today’s second practice, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden expressed his pleasure with what rookie running back Giovani Bernard has showed thus far:
He’s got great hands. He makes people miss on the second level. Get him the ball in space, make a linebacker miss, a safety miss. We need some of that.
Andy needs some of those short passes that turn into 25-yard gains. It’s a lot easier on a quarterback. Instead of grinding out every first down with the exception of throwing one deep to A.J. (Green) every now and then. We need some guys to get better running after the catch, breaking tackle after contact.
Also, according to Elias Sports Bureau, the Bengals finished 15th in YAC last season with 1,801, and the addition of Bernard was made in hopes of improving that ranking.
Gruden was also quick to point out how well sixth-rounder Cobi Hamilton has performed:
He’ll challenge to make the squad and become a player. Cobi’s an exciting guy. He’s bigger than I thought he was. He’s taller. He’s got good stride to him, he’s got good hands, he’s tough. In Arkansas he ran a lot of crossing routes so we knew he wasn’t afraid to go across the middle. We like Cobi. We’re impressed with what he’s done so far.