Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Gio Bernard (25) breaks a tackle againstMinnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) during the second quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Giovani Bernard Rookie Highlights via ‏@CGrantsHomie

Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals halfback Giovani Bernard (25) carries the ball in the 3rd quarter during the Bengals 17-10 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals got an early Christmas present in April when North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard fell to them in the early part of the second-round of the NFL Draft.

In need of a game-changing back who would become the featured RB in an offense on the cusp of becoming elite, Cincinnati wasted little time in announcing their selection of Gio.

Regarded as versatile back who could make defenders miss in space while also being a receiving threat out of the backfield, Bernard has exceeded expectations in his rookie year, having already beaten the veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis for the majority of carries over the finals stretch of the regular season.

Now, courtesy of Chase Fitzgerald, here is the highlight-reel that best displays the impact Gio has had in his rookie year in the NFL:

 

Giovani Bernard is also a finalist for this year’s VIZIO Top Value Performer award – given to the NFL player whose on-field performance most exceeds the value of his contract.

Last year’s winner was Russell Wilson, who – still playing with the same contract – is back this year to defend his title.

The Top Value Performer winner is decided by fan votes, with fans able to vote as often as they’d like here or by sounding off on social media with the player’s custom hashtag.

The hashtag for Bernard is #TVPGiovaniBernard.

Voting is open until Friday, Jan. 17.

 

 

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