The way we hear it, the Bengals aren't likely to be able to re-sign RB Larry Johnson, an unrestricted free agent who fared well in a short stint with the club but could win a starting job elsewhere. Bernard Scott, who started twice in place of lead back Cedric Benson as a rookie in 2009, is likely to be the Bengals' top reserve runner next season, with veteran Brian Leonard — a key blocker and receiver in passing situations — another option. The 5-10, 200-pound Scott developed nicely in his first season, rushing for 206 yards in a two-game stretch in late November before suffering a turf-toe injury. Further development from Scott next season will be key as the Bengals try to keep Benson fresh for 16 games. Moreover, Scott is quicker than Benson, and though the Bengals prefer a grind-it-out style on offense, Scott's playmaking ability gives the Cincinnati attack some much-needed verve.
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