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10 Bengals Who Should Make the Pro Bowl

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Oct 18, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

2. Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard has surprisingly snuck into the Pro Bowl conversation after jumping out to a quick start in 2015 after Jeremy Hill started to slump. Bernard has quietly compiled has compiled 427 yards on 77 carries, averaging an impressive 5.5 yards per carry. He has also scored two touchdowns on the ground.

Bernard’s yards-per-carry average is tops among running backs who have toted the ball at least 75 times this season, but even more impressively, he has yet to fumble. Most people forget that Cincinnati’s change-of-pace back was once upon a time selected before Le’Veon Bell in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Bernard is certainly playing up to his draft position this season.

And the icing on the cake for Gio Bernard is that he’s one of the NFL’s best pass-catching running backs. He’s tallied 18 catches for 119 yards this season out of the backfield and occasionally in the slot. Let’s also not forget that despite Bernard’s small stature, he lights up opponents in pass protection. Bernard has been a pleasant surprise during Hill’s slump; the electric play he brings to the field pumps his team up and tears down opposing defenses.

Gio Bernard’s stats are impressive, especially given that he isn’t even a full-time starting running back. Despite this, Bernard is still on pace for a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Provided that Bernard keeps his production going, he could certainly earn his first Pro Bowl nod, even if Jeremy Hill ends up turning it back on after the Bengals’ Week 7 bye.

Next: A.J. Green

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