Bengals eyeing big role for Giovani Bernard?

Bernard as an ‘every-down player’?: It seems that Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has found a big fan in running backs coach Hue Jackson. Last week, Jackson said Bernard could occasionally line up at wide receiver. Now Jackson is suggesting the North Carolina product could be an ‘every-down player’. Right now, this is all conjecture and it’s important to keep in mind that Jackson is the running backs coach — not the offensive coordinator. It’s far too soon to start projecting Bernard as someone who’s going to be on the field for the majority of the offensive snaps. But it is another sign that the value of BenJarvus Green-Ellis is on the decline.

Vereen lining up at WR: Bernard isn’t the only rusher taking his place at a wide receiver spot. New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen lined up wide during the team’s spring practice. Vereen caught just eight passes last season but has experience as a route runner from his days playing at California. With New England’s wide receiver corps searching for depth, Vereen could provide an extra set of hands. He already had deep sleeper potential in 2013 and any extra time he can log on the field would only serve to help that value.

Richardson begins running: Plenty of eyes are on Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson as he attempts to return from a leg injury. The good news is that Richardson has begun a running program which should have him ready to go for training camp. The Browns have said they’d like to give him a bigger role in the offense, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team go easy on him during camp. Nonetheless, Richardson is poised to have a breakout season for fantasy owners — as long as he’s healthy.

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