Bernard is the type of dynamic player that the Packers need to key on
The Green Bay Packers will hit the road again after a compelling win at home last week against the Washington Redskins. Week three has the Packers in Cincinnati to face the Bengals.
The NFC/AFC matchups are always intriguing because the opponents are not familiar with each other. It has also produced some of the more exciting games over the past several years. A few that come to mind: At Pittsburgh in 2009, at New England in 2010, at San Diego in 2011 and at Indianapolis last season. I happened to attend the San Diego and the Indianapolis games and I have no idea why I bought a “seat” because I was standing the entire time.
While there is a lot to be encouraged about from last week’s performance by the Packers, let’s keep in mind that the Bengals are not the Redskins. Cincinnati will be playing at home and has quite a bit more talent than does Washington. That talent runs on both sides of the ball.
The Packers bring in their own wealth of talent and will look to score a big road win heading into their very early bye week. Let’s take a look at the keys to this week’s game, from the Packers perspective. Read more...(1948 words + 3 images, estimated 7:48 mins reading time)
Bernard enters the NFL as a redshirt sophomore … Missed his freshman season with a torn ACL before becoming the Tar Heels’ starting running back for two seasons … Can do everything from the position: catches the ball well out of the backfield and hits the hole quickly … 45 receptions as freshman, 47 catches as a sophomore … Started over Wisconsin RB James White at St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Florida … 2012 First-Team All-ACC (ACSMA, Coaches, Phil Steele) … 2012 ACC Player of the Year (CBSsports.com) … 2012 Third-Team All-America (Associated Press, Phil Steele) … 2011 First-Team All-ACC (ACSMA) … 2011 First-Team Freshman All-America
What they’re saying about him:
CBSSports.com: “Bernard is compactly built with good lower body drive, running decisive and hard with some power. He has quick feet and loose hips to make smooth lateral cuts and make open field moves with the acceleration to force poor angles by defenders.”
DraftInsider.net: “Nifty, elusive, double cut runner that consistently creates his own yardage.” (Only RB that warrants a 1st-round grade.)
Video Analysis:Read more...(417 words + 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Natural runner with great vision.
Impressive as a receiver out of the backfield. Doesn’t only catch screen passes; runs a number of pass patterns and catches the ball with his hands.