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

Giovani Bernard has been everything the Bengals could have hoped for when the y made him the first running back to be drafted in April’s NFL Draft, and now that they’re getting a better understanding of Bernard’s skillset, they’re beginning to use him more effectively.

According to Pro Football Focus, Bernard is the only RB to have half of his carries go for 5 or more yards, while only 19.2% of BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ carries have gone for 5 or more yards which is the second-worst rate in the league.

Bernard has 10 catches in the last two games, after having just two catches in the first two games. His touches have increased each of the first four games (5, 9, 14, 16).

On the other end, Green-Ellis’ touches have mostly dropped (15, 23, 10, 6), and because he’s been unable to convert 3rd-and-short plays as much as he has in the past, his value lessens with every game.

It was easy to miss this with the performance of the offense, particularly Andy Dalton on Sunday, but it’s becoming more obvious that Gio generates offense better than Ellis.