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Bengals Players Within Reach of All-Time Franchise Records

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Running Back Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Running Back Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Giovani Bernard has been the silent assassin for this Bengals team ever since his 2013 rookie year. The team has always been reluctant to give him a full workload, but Bernard has always been efficient, especially in the passing game. Bernard’s career rushing numbers are nowhere near Bengals all-time leader Corey Dillon’s, but his pass catching is notable.

Bernard is closing in on James Brooks for most yards and receptions in Bengals history by a running back. Though the record is specific, it also suits Bernard extremely well. Brooks, in 47 more games than Bernard, leads Bernard by 67 catches and 952 yards. Neither of these numbers are particularly attainable in one season, but it would be surprising if Bernard didn’t get 67 catches in two seasons in Cincinnati. 952 yards may be a little tougher, but Bernard’s best receiving seasons saw him go over 450 yards receiving. If he can put together two solid seasons as a Bengal, Bernard could overtake Brooks in both running back categories.

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