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Giovani Bernard rises, Tyler Eifert falls in Pro Football Focus’ rookie rankings


Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Giovani Bernard continues to show why he was the first running back drafted this year, and the former North Carolina Tar Heel is not only leading all NFL rookies with 147 rushing yards, but as well as yards-per-carry with 4.6  (minimum of 20 carries) and is tied for the rookie lead with three total touchdowns.

He also is currently graded-out as the No. 4 RB overall by Pro Football Focus’ grading system. PFF also has him currently in third-place in their race for the rookie of the year award:

"Bernard is seeing more and more playing time (up to a season’s best 73.5% this week) and it’s easy to see why. He adds a much needed element to the Bengals’ offense with the ball in his hand."

Unfortunately, rookie tight end Tyler Eifert fell out of their rankings for now:

"Dropped the first ball of his NFL career and has failed to make a sufficient impression to warrant a Top-10 placing."

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