Bernard could see "a good share of goal line carries" for the Bengals this season, according to beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. Dehner also believes that Barnard is likely to see 300 touches by the end of the season. It's been speculated previously that Bernard would lose out to rookie RB Jeremy Hill for goal-line work, as Hill is the larger, more powerful runner, but Dehner sees something closer to an even split. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has a run-first mentality, which should help Bernard to a potential breakout in his second year.
300 touches and goal-line work would probably make Bernard an RB1, although the Bengals may need to improve upon last year's team average of 3.6 YPC for that to happen. And for an RB, Bernard is an elite threat in the passing game. With the usual caveat that this is only a beat writer's opinion, it's a good sign for Bernard. He's a solid early-second-round choice this year, especially in PPR. He's being taken in the 18th overall spot on average, and may be a slight value candidate there.