People are so concerned with how many touches running back Giovani Bernard is going to get this season. Some say 300. Others think he will stay near last season's total of 226 because of rookie Jeremy Hill. Running backs coach Kyle Caskey doesn't feel like there needs to be a certain number in mind. He just knows the Bengals need Bernard to get the ball a lot.
"I don't know if it's the workload that's going to get more, it's more the type of plays that we're going to run with [Bernard] in the game," Caskey said Sunday's. "We're going to expand his portfolio of plays and find different ways to get the ball in his hands in space. You get the ball in Gio's hands in space, he's dangerous. ... 'We'll find a way to get the ball to him."
Meanwhile, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is an distant afterthought.
As much as Caskey may try to keep people from predicting Bernard's usage, I doubt this will be the last time we wade into that subject before the season starts. Let's just all realize that Gio is going to be a major part of the Bengals' offense and understand that he has the ability to be a fantasy stud with 230, 250 or 300 touches. The exact number really shouldn't matter as long as he gets the consistent workload that he deserves. Bernard is a low-end RB1.