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Giovani Bernard | Running Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: North Carolina
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Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
The Bengals are limiting Bernard's reps after he took several big hits in Sunday's loss. His rib injury isn't considered serious, and shouldn't keep him out of Week 8 against the Ravens. Oct 22 - 3:40 PM

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Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 17 yards and caught two passes for negative-one yards in Sunday's 27-0 Week 7 loss at Indy.

The Bengals offense was an absolute train wreck from the opening whistle. They started the game with eight straight 3-and-outs, posted 27 total yards in the first half and Kevin Huber finished with 11 punts. There was just no shot for Bernard, who took two big hits on short passes but didn't suffer any serious injuries, to get anything going. Getting A.J. Green (toe) back for next week's game against the Ravens would be a boost to the entire offense.
Oct 19 - 4:11 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries in the Bengals' 37-37, Week 6 tie to the Panthers, adding four catches for 20 yards.

With A.J. Green out, the offense went through Bernard and Mohamed Sanu. Bernard broke off a big 89-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, busting through the line to stiff-arm one defender, shed another, and out-run the rest on his way to the end zone. Bernard was forced to leave early in the fourth quarter after taking a pile-driving hit from MLB Luke Kuechly. He was in the locker room for about a half hour before returning late in regulation and for overtime. He's fine. Bernard will be an RB1 once again next week in Indianapolis.
Oct 12 - 5:22 PM

Giovani Bernard was forced from Sunday's Week 6 game against the Panthers with a right shoulder injury but later returned late in the fourth quarter.

Bernard was driven to the turf by MLB Luke Kuechly on an early fourth-quarter run for no gain. From the initial looks of it, Bernard looked to be dealing with a potentially significant collarbone injury. Jeremy Hill filled in as the No. 1 back while Bernard was in the locker room. Bernard should be fine for Week 7.
Oct 12 - 3:28 PM

When A.J. Green missed most of Week 2, Gio Bernard led the Bengals in catches (5) and targets (6).

Green played just six snaps in that Week 2 win. This Sunday, the Bengals' top-three wideouts project as Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher. Expect a run-based attack and plenty of work for Gio in the pass game, an area he excels. We'd expect him to push for 25 total touches against a Panthers defense that is a shell of its former self.
Oct 9 - 9:43 AM

Giovani Bernard had 13 carries for 62 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots.

He added two catches for 10 yards. Bernard wasn't involved in the pass game despite playing form behind, finishing with only three targets. The Bengals used him in an every-down role, with Jeremy Hill getting just five touches. Bernard is on pace for 272 carries, 988 yards, and 12 touchdowns, with 56 receptions and 632 recieving yards. He'll remain a locked-in RB1 for Week 6 against the Panthers.
Oct 6 - 12:20 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Bengals' 33-7, Week 3 blowout win over the Titans.

Bernard added one catch for seven yards. His best run of the day was a 12-yard gain off a spin move. Other than that, there weren't a ton of holes to be found. Bernard got much of the court quarter off, with Jeremy Hill coming in to rack up garbage-time carries. Both of Bernard's touchdowns were of the one-yard variety. He now has three scores through three games. Bernard and the Bengals head into their bye week before traveling to New England in Week 5.
Sep 21 - 4:03 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 27 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 2 win over the Falcons, adding five catches for an additional 79 yards.

Owners will gladly take the 169 yards from scrimmage, but it's worth noting that Bernard averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on a day where Jeremy Hill took the rock 15 times for 74 yards (4.93 YPC) and a score of his own. Bernard is averaging only 3.36 yards through his first 41 carries. Either way, it was a monster fantasy day, with Bernard buttering his bread with two shovel passes. Both broken plays, Bernard turned the two scoops into 70 combined yards. Racking up huge workloads as an all-purpose back, Bernard is locked in as an RB1 despite Hill's presence. He has a juicy Week 3 matchup in a Titans team that couldn't stop the run on Sunday.
Sep 14 - 4:43 PM

OC Hue Jackson confirmed trust was a major factor in Gio Bernard out-touching Jeremy Hill 20-4 in Week 1.

"In that first game AFC North on the road in Baltimore, not that I don't have confidence in Jeremy yet, I just know what I'm getting from Gio every time I hand it to him," Jackson said. "I didn't want to put the other young man in a tough situation where something could have happened and all of a sudden you look back and say, 'What did you do that for?'" Jackson went on to say that Hill will play more going forward, but it's clear Bernard is the bell cow here. He'll be a RB1 against a weak Falcons defense in Week 2.
Sep 9 - 8:23 AM

Giovani Bernard was limited to 48 yards on 14 carries, but caught six balls for 62 yards in the Bengals' Week 1 win over Baltimore.

Although Gio struggled on the ground, his usage was promising as Jeremy Hill only handled four carries, gaining 19 yards. New OC Hue Jackson employed Bernard creatively, not asking him to run between the tackles and rather drawing up shotgun draws and getting him into space in the passing game. We suspect Jackson will eventually need more from his power running attack, but for now Bernard is locked in as an every-week RB1/2. He's got a soft Falcons defense on deck.
Sep 7 - 4:18 PM

When asked about how touches would be split between Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill, coach Marvin Lewis said, "A smart guy would say Gio gets a little bit more."

As expected, the Bengals are forming a "thunder and lightning" attack. We're expecting 12-14 carries per game for Gio as the starter, and 9-11 for Hill as the power complement. Bernard will also get the majority of work in the passing game, giving him a shot at 16-18 touches or more. It's enough volume for both to be viable plays in Hue Jackson's typically effective run game.
Sep 4 - 8:42 AM

The Bengals' website suggests the team "must have thunder and lightning dancing through their heads" following rookie Jeremy Hill's performance in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Given a whopping 26 touches, Hill totaled 160 yards while earning the respect of teammates. Terence Newman and Jason Campbell both praised Hill for the effort, which included a funny-bone injury from which Hill returned to put the game away.'s Geoff Hobson noted that Hill's workload "typified what new (OC) Hue Jackson wants," as he demonstrated "power," "speed," "vision," and "creativity," particularly on a weaving 41-yard screen pass where Hill "deked" a safety. Hill also "picked up a couple of blitzes," although he missed one, resulting in a sack of Campbell. Hill's ADP has climbed into the late-ninth-round, where he remains a value pick. Hill and Gio Bernard are expected to share carries this season in the "Thunder and Lightning" committee.
Aug 29 - 12:33 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 10 times for 17 yards and caught two passes for one yard in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

The Bengals' first-team offense stayed in for 38 snaps and Bernard was on the field for 27 of them. Jeremy Hill mixed in beginning on the fifth series and got 10 first-team reps. Bernard has now played on 52-of-63 first-team snaps (82.5 percent) this preseason, but has been wildly ineffective with 20 carries for 49 yards (2.45 YPC) and four catches for 16 yards. If he doesn't raise his efficiency, Hill is going to gradually push for a bigger piece of the pie. It leaves Bernard with a bit of risk as a second-round fantasy pick even though the Bengals are using him as a bellcow right now.
Aug 24 - 10:17 PM

Giovani Bernard has played on every single first-team snap during the preseason so far.

Andy Dalton has handled 25 first-team reps through two games and Bernard has been right there with him for each one. That's meant passing downs, red-zone, short-yardage, and goal-line work (Bernard scored on a 1-yard run Saturday night). However, he's produced just 32 yards on his 10 carries, showing the same limited efficiency he did last season (4.08 YPC). We'll be interested to see if Hue Jackson mixes in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and/or Jeremy Hill (questionable, shoulder) in the revealing third preseason game. For now, projections of 300 touches and some goal-line work for Bernard seem very realistic.
Aug 17 - 11:15 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 22 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Jets on Saturday, adding one catch for six yards.

Most notably, Bernard was given the goal-line and red-zone work. He capitalized on the opportunity by pounding in a one-yard touchdown on the ground against Gang Green's stout defense. While we expect rookie Jeremy Hill to see the bulk of the short-yardage and goal-line carries, Bernard was pretty effective in the red zone as a rookie. Bernard should push for 300 touches in 2014.
Aug 16 - 8:35 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3Cedric Peerman
4Rex Burkhead
GLB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Brandon Tate
3James Wright
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Greg Little
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Kevin Brock
3Tyler Eifert
K1Mike Nugent