When asked to give his assessment of the running game last season BenJarvus Green-Ellis compared it to the stock market. Considering that the market didn’t start its surge until late last year it is a perfect description.

“We were up and down the fist half of the season and then we kind of became like the Dow Jones of old at the end of it” Green-Ellis said. “Hopefully we can continue to build on those things but right now we have to work hard at it every day. It’s a long laundry list of things that we have to get accomplished in this camp.”

Green-Ellis was the Bengals’ big signing in free agency last season but with three new starters on the offensive line for most of the season it was an adjustment the first eight games. Starting with Week 11 at Kansas City the running game got on track in a big way as Green-Ellis had four 100-yard games over the next five becoming the first Bengals back since Paul Robinson in 1968 to accomplish that.

Green-Ellis’ string of 100-plus yards in three straight games was also the first in team history since Corey Dillon did it in 1999.

With all of the regular starters back on offense Green-Ellis could be poised for another solid season. The addition of Giovani Bernard could also take the running game in the direction that everyone thought would happen at this time last year with Green-Ellis and Bernard Scott.

Yes the NFL is a passing league but when it comes to winning the AFC North you need a strong rushing attack. It’s also vital to have one unless you want your quarterback out for an extended period.

It is also a league where you need more than one running back to be successful (unless you’re Minnesota and have Adrian Peterson).

“If you look at the teams that go deep into the playoffs they’ve got the run game going” Green-Ellis noted. “Aaron Rodgers did it one year in Green Bay but the year they won the Super Bowl I think James Starks was helping him along in the playoffs and last year San Francisco and Baltimore were two running teams two hard-nosed teams that ran the football and they had a guy back there that can throw the ball. I think we have all the elements in place that I think we can run the ball and throw the ball to eventually score points.”