It looks like BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard will split carries 50/50 in 2013.
Green-Ellis struggled to be much of a force last year, barely breaking 1,000 yards and averaging only 3.9 yards per carry.
However, as Sean O'Donnell notes, "He led the NFL in 3rd-and-1 rushing conversions last season, with a total of 14".
Green-Ellis will continue to play a valuable role for the Bengals this year, his play contrasting and complimenting that of Bernard, the rookie second-round pick out of UNC.
Bernard has already shown he's adept at catching the ball and racking up yards after the catch, and while he may not have elite speed, he's agile and elusive. He's also proved he can punch it in on the goal line.
Andy Benoit of MMQB thinks Bernard can be a big contributor for the Bengals:
He doesn’t have big-time power or top-end speed, but he moves well in confined areas and has the stop-start control that will allow him to thrive on shotgun carries and screens. He’s a reliable receiver and a serviceable cut-blocker. Basically, he’s a third down back. Except in today’s game, a back like this can play any down.
Both Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard will be integral to Cincinnati's success this year. If Marvin Lewis and Jay Gruden are confident that they can carry the load, it'll take significant pressure off Andy Dalton.