Bengals news: Joe Mixon on dealing with adversity -- 'Give it 100 or stay home'
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Bengals RB Joe Mixon on dealing with adversity — ‘Give it 100 or stay home’

Joe Mixon, Bengals

Through his first two seasons in the league, Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been a game-changing factor in the backfield for the franchise.

It is something that he has taken much pride in for behind his consistent effort on the field. He believes that no player should give less than 100 percent effort on every single play, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“You’re going to know who is going to let up and (who will) go play 100 percent,” Mixon said, asked about the next five games. “You’re going to know who’s shutting it down. At the end of the day, it’s how bad do you want it? Either go out and give it 100 or stay home. Don’t show up.”

Mixon has proven that with his play on the field when healthy, as he currently has 916 total scrimmage yards that include being sixth in the AFC with 673 rushing yards and five touchdowns along with hauling in 31 catches for 243 receiving yards and a touchdown.

He has been a game-changing talent in the backfield with his ability to impact the game as a dual-threat option. Mixon has topped more than 100 rushing yards once and scored a touchdown on five occasions this season.

The Bengals have been able to depend on him as their workhorse running back, which these comments may only further fuel that notion on the field as he has fully embraced the major workload. Cincinnati is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture along with losing quarterback Andy Dalton for the season. They could see plenty of dependency on Mixon to be a huge factor in the last five games.

Beyond that, it is clear that Mixon has a driven mindset to give it his all on the field every play that has helped him become one of the promising young running backs in the league.