Although the Bengals made him the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL draft, Giovani Bernard knows the starting job won't simply be handed to him. In fact, for the upcoming season at least, Bernard recognizes that the starting role will likely remain with incumbent BenJarvus Green-Ellis. And that's perfectly fine with him.
According to his interview with the NFL AM crew on Wednesday morning, Bernard envisions more of a complementary role with Green-Ellis.
"I think it's more so a complementary kind of thing," Bernard said. "I think we are both going to help each other out. I definitely had a chance to talk to him, and he's the leader of that pack, he's the leader of the guys. I'm going to be following his footsteps, so I'm going to do whatever I can to help him. He's going to help me."
Talk about a team player.
For a rookie, Bernard seems pretty on the ball. The way the NFL game has been evolving, running back by committee has become the name of the game and unless your name is Adrien Peterson, there is a good chance you will need a running mate throughout the season. Luckily for the rookie runner, Bernard is the perfect complement to Green-Ellis and figures to play a large role in 2013. Both players bring something different to the offense--be it tough, inside running or shifty, outside running--and they will each have a chance to shine in different areas of Gruden's offense.