Giovani Bernard | RB | Cincinnati Bengals
Posted: 7/16/2014 7:19pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to be utilized early and often in 2014. One beat writer expects 230 carries and 70 receptions.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners wouldn't mind seeing Gio get 300 touches this season, a reasonable workload that shouldn't overly tax the smaller-in-stature Bernard. The key will be if Jeremy Hill (or Rex Burkhead, or BenJarvus Green-Ellis) plays well enough to earn a chunk of carries that will keep Gio fresh without compromising the Bengals' offensive success.
Posted: 5/22/2014 11:01pm et
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Kyle Caskey indicated the team would like to get RB Giovani Bernard more involved in the passing game this upcoming season. 'We want to do more with him because he can do that,' Caskey said. 'It's not just put him in the slot. We want him everywhere on the field. Make people guess where's he at. You have to make a decision to either play the run or play the pass. What do you do when he's on the field? He's a lot like [Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush] where you have to be aware at all times.'
Huddle Up: Bernard was targeted 71 times and did have 56 receptions as a rookie, which ranked 8th among all NFL RBs last season. Count on him being one of the top backs off the board in most PPR leagues this summer.
Posted: 2/6/2014 10:17pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard said he expects a wild playbook from new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in 2014. 'For me and Benny, I think we've done a good job thus far. I think we can continue to keep doing a good job,' Bernard said. 'We just got to go into it with an open mind, and he's (Jackson) going to create this craziest playbook ever, but it's going to be fun. I'm excited for it.' Jackson is expected to move the Bengals to a more ground-and-pound offensive approach including Bernard and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Huddle Up: Bernard had 226 touches to Green-Ellis' 224 last season, but look for the margin to swing more in favor of the second-year RB if both players are back in Cincy next season.
Posted: 12/9/2013 1:35am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard finished with 99 yards on 12 carries in the Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts, just missing his first career 100-yard game. He also added 49 yards on four receptions.
Huddle Up: A great game to start off the fantasy playoffs, but BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the one getting into the end zone. Bernard should have PPR value, but the Law Firm is going to be in the way.
Posted: 11/8/2013 4:53pm et
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wants to limit RB Giovani Bernard's workload in the second half of the season in order to keep him fresh and healthy. In the last four games, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 60 touches to 52 for Bernard. 'To say we're going to give the ball to Gio 25 times each week is kind of unrealistic,' Gruden said. 'He needs spelling. He needs a bigger back in there like BenJarvus to take 10, 12, 15 carries a game.' Bernard (ribs) was limited in practice for a third straight day Friday and is listed as questionable on the injury report.
Huddle Up: Bernard injured his ribs late in his standout Week 9 Thursday night performance against the Dolphins, and has needed the extra days to recover. With limited touches, his owners are going to have to hope 1 or 2 of them are signature big plays from the rookie.
Posted: 11/2/2013 10:00pm et
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he does not expect RB Giovani Bernard (rib) to miss much time after suffering a rib injury during the team's Week 9 game.
Huddle Up: Bernard was having have a huge game before leaving late with a rib injury. We'll know more about his status during the week but hopefully Bernard will be able to play against Baltimore next Sunday.
Posted: 11/1/2013 1:55pm et
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) suffered bruised ribs in the fourth quarter of the team's game Thursday, Oct. 31, but the injury isn't believed to be serious.
Huddle Up: At least the rookie delivered with 104 total yards and 2 TDs before departing the game in the fourth quarter. He'll also have an extra few days of rest with the Bengals not playing again until a week from Sunday.
Posted: 11/1/2013 12:25am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard left the team's Week 9 game in the fourth quarter Thursday, Oct. 31 because of a rib injury and did not return.
Huddle Up: With his team down 17-3, Bernard got the Bengals back in the game with a pair of second-half rushing touchdowns and finished with 104 total yards on only 13 touches. There was no immediate word on how serious the injury is, but at at least the rookie will have a few extra days to recover with 10 days until Cincy's Week 10 contest.
Posted: 9/20/2013 5:52pm et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) fully practiced Friday, Sept. 20, and is probable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Bernard was added to the team's injury report Thursday, but that sounds it was more a scare than anything for the rookie who figures to be in line for a bigger role in the Cincy game plan coming off his 2-TD game in Week 2.
Posted: 9/20/2013 10:15am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard's role is expected to grow in the offense. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis should be closer to a 50-50 split in the coming weeks. Gruden feels more comfortable opening the playbook more now that he knows Bernard can handle pass protection.
Huddle Up: You knew this was coming. BJGE has more touches than Bernard through two games (38 to 14) but his 2.8 YPC average is not what the team needs. What they need are young legs that are averaging 5.0 YPC and bring a bigger threat in the passing game.
Posted: 9/17/2013 12:40am et
Rookie RB Giovanni Bernard scored on a 7-yard run and a 27-yard pass reception to account for the Cincinnati Bengals' 2 touchdowns Monday, Sept. 16 in a 20-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Those fantasy GMs who decided to roll with Bernard in their starting lineups despite his 3-point fantasy dud in Week 1 enjoyed a nice reversal of fortune Monday night. Bernard still only had 9 touches in the game -- 8 rushes for 38 yards and his 27-yard scoring catch -- but he's no doubt earned more work after his impressive showing.
Posted: 8/1/2013 10:55am et
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard dressed for practice Wednesday, July 31, but he did not participate due to a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: The expectation is that Bernard will provide at minimum a change-of-pace option to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Cincinnati; his aggressive ADP suggests fantasy owners are banking on a little more from the rookie. However, he'll need to get back onto the practice field to start carving out that playing time.
Posted: 7/31/2013 12:50pm et
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden hinted before training camp that there might be an equal distribution of carries between RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard, but that is unlikely to happen. The team has been impressive by Bernard, but they're not ready to reduce Green-Ellis' role.
Huddle Up: Bernard remains an intriguing change-of-pace guy to Green-Ellis, but it sounds like the transition will be slow in Cincinnati. Kind of like how Law Firm runs, which might lead to a quicker transition.