That headline is the sentiment shared by Geoff Hobson, the editor of the Bengals' official website. He wrote earlier this week that Hill "changed the tenor" of this backfield with his 12-touch, 47-yard preseason performance on Sunday against the Cardinals. Bernard gained only 18 yards on 12 touches in that game.
Hobson added that Hill's powerful style "is going to be a boon against Pittsburgh and Baltimore" and that both players could hit the 200-carry mark this season.
Bernard still got the wide majority of the first-team snaps in that dress rehearsal game, but Hill was obviously much more productive. Through three preseason games, Hill had one more touch that Bernard but 58 more yards from scrimmage. His 4.8 yards-per-carry average doubled Bernard's. And in tonight's game, Hill gained 160 yards on 26 touches, including 70 yards as a receiver on six receptions. He even sustained a minor elbow injury and returned to the game shortly thereafter. Of course, Bernard didn't play, and that performance came against second- and third-string defensive players, but it wraps up what has been a very impressive month for the rookie.
I think everyone understands that Hill is going to be the man for Cincinnati down by the goal line. But his play in August has basically forced Marvin Lewis and company to give him more work than perhaps what they originally forecasted. I'm a Gio fan, but his ADP probably needs to slide a few spots. He's probably not worth a top-20 pick if Hill is going to be so involved.