Marvin Lewis was a big fan of Gio Bernard, who has maintained his role as the Bengals’ primary passing down back over his entire six year career. He was the three-down handcuff to Joe Mixon last year, but with the new coaching staff and the addition of Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson, there can be some changes to the split behind Mixon. Williams is a name to keep an eye on as a potential 3-down option in the future.
In order for Mixon to reach his full potential and climb to elite usage, he would have to be the primary option on third down and obvious passing situations. Not counting the game Mixon was hurt in, he played less than 70% of snaps in 6 games, less than 80% in 5 of the remaining games, but wound up playing more than 80% of snaps in two games.
Mixon had only four games above 3 receptions, and his floor and ceiling would be considerably higher if Mixon stayed on the field more than he did.
With the coaching change, it’s a situation to monitor just in case we see Mixon getting even more responsibility in the passing game. If so, he’s a must-pick at the turn, and separates himself as a RB getting elite usage. Regardless, he’s a very safe pick between the beginning and middle of the 2nd round. With HC Zac Taylor coming from the Sean McVay tree, hopefully the Bengals offense continues to run a high percentage out of 11-personnel to avoid stacked boxes. More on that from a previous post: #BengalsRBs
Which RB are you aiming for at the turn or early 2nd? James Conner, Joe Mixon, or Dalvin Cook? 👇👇