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It will be interesting to see who the No. 2 running back in Cincinnati will be once the preseason winds down.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the starter last season, despite the early emergence of rookie Giovani Bernard. The latter was far more efficient and productive than the former, but the Cincinnati staff wanted to keep their rookie fresh.
In other words, the Law Firm got plenty of run last year despite averaging just 3.4 yards per carry to Bernard's 4.1 and catching 52 fewer passes. That shouldn't happen this season—if Bernard repeats or exceeds the quality of play he had as a rookie, he should take over as the starter.
But there is the little matter of second-round running back Jeremy Hill.
Hill was the second running back taken in the 2014 draft despite some off-field issues that threatened to sink his draft stock. The selection put Green-Ellis on notice, and Hill could very well overtake the veteran on the depth chart sooner than later.
The likelihood is that Green-Ellis and Hill will split time behind Bernard, who will be the main man. In fact, this will likely be pretty close to a timeshare that should have disqualified Hill from this list.
This is certainly a situation to watch in Cincinnati over the next month.