The designation should come as no surprise. The Bengals have been trying to make Mixon the workhorse since the better part of last year. Cincinnati already had a decent 1-2 punch going with running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. However, it became evident the Bengals were ready to transition to a one-man backfield when they Mixon in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
For Cincinnati’s offense has shown some signs of improvement from last season. This means Joe Mixon could be poised to finally take on that workhorse role for good. If that is the case, there is a very good chance he sees 25 or more touches per game from here on out. Needless to say, this is quite the vote of confidence from Levy. However, it is one that could pay huge dividends for the Bengals given his cheap contract.