Finding an Answer to the Run Game

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Peerman (30) runs with the ball during warm ups before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Bring on the haters, but let’s take a look at this. Last season when Peerman got the ball, he rushed well. He showed top end NFL speed, and the ability to cut back. Both of those qualities are of ones that Green-Ellis does not have. Peerman is also bigger, and thicker than Giovani Bernard, so not only could he occasionally turn the corner, but he can take those inside carries periodically.

Let’s face it, Gio has done well this season, but too many touches and big hits up the middle and his frame will not hold up. The Bengals need to protect him and keep in healthy for as long as possible. Who knows, maybe one day he will gain enough weight or bulk to take more hits, but right now he is a rookie and you do not want to over work him.

Peerman may not be a long-term solution, but it would be better than watching Green-Ellis struggle to get 2-3 every carry. With Peerman and Bernard you have that threat of a big play every play, not so much with Green-Ellis.


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