For a team that’s had a 1,000-yard rusher four straight seasons, the Bengals’ running game hasn’t been a paradigm of strength.

After finishing ninth in rushing offense in 2009, the Bengals have been 27th, 19th and 18th the past three seasons. They struggled the first half of the year, averaging just 95.9 yards per game, but rebounded during the second half with an average of 122.3 yards per game.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis did gain a career high in yards and had a stretch of four 100-yard games in five weeks, but one of the problems the past couple of years has been the lack of a second back or one providing a change of pace.

Getting back to a consistent running game is something head coach Marvin Lewis has stressed early in the offseason.