Few rookies seem to have their coaches as excited as Bengals running back Giovani Bernard.

Bernard, whom the Bengals selected in the second round of this year’s NFL draft, has been the subject of talk from the Bengals’ coaching staff that he’s good enough catching passes that he could line up at wide receiver, and that he’ll be part of the Bengals taking “major, major, major steps forward.”

Now Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson is saying that Bernard doesn’t have to be just be a change-of-pace back behind starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. In Jackson’s view, Bernard can carry the load if the Bengals call on him to do it.