The Cincinnati Bengals officially announced the re-signing of running back Bernard Scott on Monday.
Scott is a fifth-year player who has spent his entire career with the Bengals after being selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Abilene Christian. He was a significant contributor on both offense and special teams in his first three seasons with the team but was placed on injured reserve in 2012 due to a knee injury suffered in early October against the Miami Dolphins.
Scott will compete for a position in the Bengals backfield as a change-of-pace back to complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Bengals have been expected to use one of their early draft picks on a running back to help the team move the ball on the ground and it's unclear whether or not Scott's re-signing will affect that draft plan. If he can stay healthy, which has been a problem in the past, Scott is both an effective runner and return specialist.
In the 47 games he has played for the Bengals, Scott has 1,035 rushing yards on 255 carriers (2.5 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. He has has caught 29 passes out of the backfield for 165 yards and he averaged 24.5 yards on 73 kickoff returns, including a 96-yard return for a touchdown against the Steelers in 2009.