Round table: Managing the Giovani Bernard - BenJarvus Green-Ellis timeshare

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Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) runs the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27 to 24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

Dustin Meritt

More carries maybe, but more passes his way is definitely what I want to see. Right now, I’m ok with Gio getting 10-12 carries as long as he is getting 6-8 catches. Touches is what I look at, and Gio should average 20 touches per game. I will give BJGE some credit he may only average 3.3 yards per carry but if those come on a 3rd and 2 or 3 yard TD plunge, I’m ok with it.

He does run hard and the last two games he has done better at getting what’s blocked for him. In my opinion, the pecking order for targets in the pass game right now needs to be AJ, Gio, Eifert/Gresham and then Sanu/Jones.

 

Ty Mercurio

Honestly I think that he getting enough. The Bengals also use him quite a bit in the passing game as well. If you give him anymore you may run him into the ground. I know we all love Gio, but the reason he is doing so well is because of the sparing use of him mixed in with the power of Green-Ellis. if you start shifting the carries more towards Gio then he may not be as effective.

Keep it where it is. The last couple of games they have kept to a new approach and it has worked well.

 

Chris Setters

I’m a Gio guy. He just adds a different dimension to our offense than what Green-Ellis brings. Gio is the more explosive play maker and I think you always have to have the best play makers on the field.

 

 

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