Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard was a guest on NFL AM this morning, and talked about his transition to the NFL, as well as what he foresees his role being with BenJarvus Green-Ellis as his backfield mate:
I think it’s more so a complementary kind of thing. I think we are both going to help each other out. I definitely had a chance to talk to him, and he’s the leader of that pack, he’s the leader of the guys. I’m going to be following his footsteps, so I’m going to do whatever I can to help him. He’s going to help me.
Bernard also talked about the comparisons he’s drawn to Ray Rice and Doug Martin, two of the NFL’ top backs who have similar size and build:
Those guys have the same stature as I do, they’re definitely shifty, they are definitely open-field type guys, but they can still run inside zones, outside zones or whatever, and catch the ball out of the backfield on a string. For me, it’s just going out there just being me, at the end of the day that is all I can do.
Bernard is also scheduled to make an appearance on NFL Total Access tonight, which starts at 7:00 PM EST.