Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Heels in the Pro’s: Giovani Bernard If you are a UNC Football fan like I am, and you follow the former Heels at the next level, then last night’s Monday Night Football game must have been a heck of a treat, as Giovani Bernard presented himself to the NFL in a pretty special way. Really cool when good things happen to good people. @G_Bernard25's first NFL TD, but not his last. — Jones Angell (@JonesAngell) September 17, 2013 Bernard, who was the Cincinnati Bengals’ second round pick and the first back to be picked in the last NFL Draft, showed how versatile he can be, by scoring on the ground and through the air. The rookie out of Carolina rushed for 38 yards on 8 carries, but his 4.8 average was better than the 3.4 of his counterpart in the back field. While he only caught one pass, for 27 yards, he made it count, as he took the short pass to the end zone. “I saw green grass,” said Bernard, “Once you see green grass, you’ve got to take it. You don’t get many chances like that. When you do, you’ve got to take it.” How good was the former Tar Heel’s performance on his debut of Monday Night Football? Good enough that three main stream sports sites, (Sports Illustrated ~ ESPN ~ Fox) had him all over their front pages. Something, that if you watched the game, was very deserved. But while being on the front pages of internet sites is cool, the accolades that come from the team mates are definitely better, like the ones from quarterback Andy Dalton, that said this after the game of his tail back… “Gio’s done a good job,” Dalton said, “We drafted him to be versatile, move around the backfield and make big plays. And that’s exactly what we’ve gotten out of him.” I am sure that the Bengals fan are hoping that the former UNC Football stand out can become for them what he was for North Carolina in the two years that he started at tail back. Without a doubt one game does not make a career, but for those that have followed Giovani Bernard in college know that the talent to be a good back in the National Football League is all there and then some. For those of you that play fantasy football, Bernard’s two touchdowns along with 38 rushing yards and 27 on one catch would have gotten you 17 points in a regular FFL league. You won’t have to wait long for Bernard’s next game, as he will be back in action Sunday as the Bengals host the Packers.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Denver Nuggets fire Brian Shaw

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Yankees fire employee over Curt Schilling's daughter tweets

Ravens settle grievance, pay Ray Rice $1.6 million

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

A-Rod goes 0-2 against Yankees pitching machine 'Iron Mike'

Redick: Flip Saunders told me to ‘shut the f— up’ three times

Ohio native Brian Hartline to visit Browns today

Report: Jets owner urging team to pursue Darrelle Revis

Kobe Bryant: Wife suffered miscarriage during rape trial

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline

Andrew Luck shaved beard, left mustache

Museum to give away DeLorean if Cubs win World Series

Jameis Winston looking to trademark 'Famous Jameis'

Maple Leafs burned on Twitter by frustrated fan

Keith Olbermann putting an end to his Twitter 'batting practice'

Prospect receives 75 cent check from Yankees

Flores: If Nick Young takes a shot at me, he's going to miss

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Who received franchise tags at the deadline and who did not

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.