3 Ways The Bengals Can Fix The Running Game

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Oct 22, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs past Mississippi Rebels linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs past Mississippi Rebels linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Draft a Running back from Rounds 1-3:

If the Bengals plan on having a successful running attack, they will need to acquire a new back. With Jeremy Hill not being what he once was since his rookie year, Cincinnati needs a replacement soon. This is one of the best running back classes in a while and the Bengals could get a top-tier talent in later rounds. Let’s first discuss which running backs they could potentially draft in the first round.

One running back that’s been mocked to the Bengals a lot and someone who is a quite interesting prospect is Leonard Fournette. Fournette has amazing speed and size to run through tackles and make plays after contact. Something that’s been a knock on Fournette has been his inability to play well against top competition. He would be an ideal player to draft if the Bengals decide to follow up drafting him with o-linemen. Another player could be Dalvin Cook, who has decent speed and has the ability to catch and run the ball quite well.

Pick up Joe

A running back that the Bengals have shown some serious interest in is Joe Mixon. Yes, he’s the running back at age 18 who hit a woman and got suspended for a whole year. After that incident, he wasn’t in much trouble through his next couple of seasons. If it wasn’t for his off-field incident, Mixon would’ve been the first running back off the board.

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He’s a complete all-around back, he’s got great quickness and ability to run the ball. Not only can he create chaos on the ground, he’s got the ability to catch the ball fluidly. The Bengals have met with him prior to his pro day and he’s visited Cincinnati. meeting with Mike Brown, Marvin Lewis and the coaching staff. I would consider drafting him if he’s matured and turned his life around.

In the end, running back is certainly a need for the Bengals due to Giovani Bernard’s injury, Hill being in a contract season and Rex Burkhead being a free agent.

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