Posted October 13, 2013

Bengals’ Giovani Bernard jukes three Bills defenders on 18-yard touchdown

AFC North, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard has been a pleasant surprise for the Bengals.

Giovani Bernard has been a pleasant surprise for the Bengals. (Al Behrman/AP)

The Cincinnati Bengals selected North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard with the fifth pick of the second round in the 2013 draft. He was the first back taken in a draft that featured no first-round RBs for the first time since 1963, but Bernard is proving his value through the Bengals’ young season. He came into Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with 209 rushing yards (leading all rookies) and two touchdowns on just 45 carries, adding 14 receptions for 129 yards and another score for good measure.

With 8:42 left in the first half of the Bills game, Bernard upped the ante with an 18-yard TD run on a shovel pass from quarterback Andy Dalton, in which he showed every bit of the lateral agility he was praised for in college. He juked three Bills defenders out of their shoes — including Kiko Alonso, Buffalo’s impressive rookie linebacker — on his way to the end zone. (GIF courtesy of The Big Lead.)

It’s becoming more and more clear that if Bernard can stay healthy (a bugaboo during his collegiate days), he has a very bright future ahead of him.

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