Despite not arriving in Cincinnati until nearly the end of the decade, Mixon gets the RB1 spot. He was the only Bengals rusher to have two 1100 seasons in the 2010s
The late Cedric Benson did a lot of his damage at the end of the 2000s. Benjarvus Green-Ellis was solid but unremarkable. Jeremy Hill was a bit better than Ellis statistically, but his most memorable moment was a fumble that the franchise still hasn’t recovered from.
Even for a running back, Mixon is young enough that he has some good years left, he could well end up on Cincinnati’s next all-decade team. He has been the most consistent thing about the Bengals offense for a few years now, that should continue in 2020 and beyond. Mixon is tough to bring down and one of the few true workhorse running backs left in the NFL.
Change of pace back: Giovani Bernard
Bernard has been with the Bengals for his whole career starting in 2013. He has never been the team’s leading rusher but has never had less than 30 catches in a season while averaging over 8 yards per catch. For obvious passing downs, few are better than Bernard.