Giovani Bernard to get (more) reps from the slot in 2014

As a rookie last season, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard set the single-season franchise record for most receptions (56) by a running back.

In 2014, there is a good chance that he will break his own record.

Per Paul Dehner, Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals will use Bernard more from the slot this year than they did last season. Bernard ran 42 routes — 14 from the slot and 28 times outside — last season.

"We want to do more with him because he can do that," running backs coach Kyle Caskey said. "It's not just put him in the slot. We want him everywhere on the field. Make people guess where's he at. You have to make a decision to either play the run or play the pass. What do you do when he's on the field? He's a lot like Reggie Bush where you have to be aware at all times."

While the team drafted LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the second round, coach Marvin Lewis said a couple of months ago that he envisioned growth from Year 1 to 2 for Bernard that was similar to the that of Baltimore's Ray Rice (from Year 1 to 2).

Bernard is my 11th-ranked running back in standard-scoring formats and eighth in point-per-reception (PPR) formats.

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