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Giovani Bernard | Running Back | #25

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (37) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Geoff Hobson believes Cincinnati could use more two-back sets with Tyler Eifert's (ankle) availability in question.
With Marvin Jones and Mohamad Sanu gone and Eifert hurt, the Bengals are desperate for receiving weapons. Free-agent addition Brandon LaFell and second-rounder Tyler Boyd will be asked to fill some of that void, but a bigger role for Giovani Bernard in the passing game should be part of the answer as well. He and Jeremy Hill could find themselves on the field together often this season. Jun 30 - 9:44 AM

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Bengals signed RB Giovani Bernard to a three-year, $15.5 million extension through 2019.

Bernard was entering the final year of his rookie deal as the 37th pick of the 2013 draft. Touchdowns proved to be elusive for Bernard last season, as he scored just two after amassing 15 in his first two seasons, but Bernard did average a career-best 4.7 YPC while catching 49 passes for 472 yards and a career-high 9.6 YPR. He's a candidate to bounce back in the scoring department with the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu coupled with the injury to Tyler Eifert.
Jun 8 - 3:19 PM

Gio Bernard exited the Bengals' Wild Card game against the Steelers with a head injury.

Bernard appeared to be knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the third quarter. Steelers LB Ryan Shazier hit Bernard in the facemask with the crown of his helmet and was lucky to avoid a penalty. In fact, he was rewarded with a forced fumble on the play. Bernard was ruled out after undergoing testing in the locker room. Unless Cincinnati makes a stunning comeback, Bernard has played his last snap this season.
Jan 9 - 10:47 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed six times for 36 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for 12 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

Since Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury in Week 14, Bernard's role has been scaled back a bit with the Bengals leaning a bit more on Jeremy Hill and the run game. In the Wild Card round game against the Steelers next weekend, Bernard will have a similar role as the change-of-pace and third-down back behind early-down thumper Hill. At the end of the regular season, Bernard has piled up 1,202 total yards, including a career-high 730 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns on 203 touches.
Jan 3 - 11:20 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 14 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Bengals' Week 16 loss to the Broncos on Monday night.

Bernard was really impressive early, picking up a couple big first downs on third-down catches behind the line to gain. He broke several tackles on his first grab, moving the chains on the eventual opening touchdown series. But as a runner, Bernard found no room. He and Jeremy Hill continue to split backfield work and will do so Week 17 against Baltimore and into the playoffs.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:23:00 AM

Gio Bernard managed 33 yards on 14 carries and caught 4-of-4 targets for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 15 win over the 49ers.

Twitter exploded when Gio handled most of the Bengals' first three drives over Jeremy Hill, but in the end Hill game away with two touchdowns and 19 touches compared to Bernard's 18. The two are likely to continue to rotate when Cincinnati takes on Denver in Week 16, limiting the fantasy appeal of both. Bernard has settled in as a fringe flex play in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed six times for 40 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 27 yards in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Steelers.

Bernard out-gained Jeremy Hill on the ground 40-16 on one fewer carry. With the Bengals in catch-up mode most of the day, Bernard was on the field plenty. In the absence of Andy Dalton (thumb), Bernard could be leaned on as a check-down option for A.J. McCarron. Next week at home against the 49ers, though, it might be a Hill game with the Bengals as favorites.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed five times for 26 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in the Bengals' Week 13 win over the Browns.

He managed six touches on a day where Jeremy Hill operated as the Bengals' clear-cut feature back, piling up 22 carries. Bernard will get more usage in games that are more competitive; Cincinnati dominated this one 37-3. View Gio as a passable RB2/flex play in PPR leagues when the Bengals take on the Steelers in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:17:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 10 times for 16 yards and caught two of three targets for 51 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 win over the Rams.

Bernard was stuck in neutral for most of the day. His biggest contribution came on a 44-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter. Marcus Roberson stripped it away but Tyler Eifert was there to scoop up the fumble. Bernard got a little extra run with Jeremy Hill battling an ankle injury but he wasn’t able to take advantage. If Hill’s injury is serious, Bernard could have RB1 upside against Cleveland next week.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Giovani Bernard had six carries for 18 yards and caught 8-of-10 targets for 128 yards in the Bengals' Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.

Bernard was the Bengals' leading receiver with Patrick Peterson locking down A.J. Green. He should have scored on a 41-yard screen, but went down at the two-yard line. Bernard saw more touches (14) and snaps (53) than Jeremy Hill with the Bengals playing behind most of the night. He has at least 70 total yards in three straight games. Bernard is a mid-range RB2 for Week 12.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 12:34:00 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 36 yards and caught 5-of-8 targets for 43 yards in the Bengals' Week 10 loss to the Texans on Monday night.

He out-snapped backfield mate Jeremy Hill 50-22, according to PFF's Nate Jahnke, and out-gained Hill 79-20 on just three more touches. Bernard made several big third-down conversions in the first half as a receiver. It's pretty clear after 10 weeks that this backfield share isn't going to change, and Bernard is the one to own. The Bengals are running much power offense, instead opting to get all their playmakers on the field and spreading the defense out more in 2015. Bernard fits right in with this strategy and is paying off in PPR formats, even though he isn't finding the end zone. He'll be a top-24 PPR running back Week 11 in Arizona.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 12:09:00 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and caught his only target for 14 yards in the Bengals' Week 9 win over the Browns.

Bernard was the more efficient of Cincinnati’s two running backs. After seeing just three touches against Pittsburgh last week, Bernard had two drives all to himself on Thursday. The Bengals scored touchdowns on both of them. Bernard and Jeremy Hill will split touches again next week versus Houston.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:25:00 AM

Giovani Bernard caught 2-of-3 targets for 22 yards in Cincinnati's Week 8 win over the Steelers, adding a 12-yard rush.

Bernard formally came off the bench behind Jeremy Hill, and proceeded to get out-touched 16-3. The Bengals adopted a slugfest mentality, and it paid off in a 16-10 road victory. Both the touches and yards were season lows by wide margins for the Bengals' passing-down back. He has a juicy Week 9 matchup in the Browns' bottom-barrel run defense, but Hill will be the preferred play on a short week where Cincy is likely to again focus on the ground.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:31:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed eight times for 50 yards and one touchdown and caught 1-of-2 targets for 23 yards in the Bengals' Week 6 win over the Bills.

Not often do we see Bernard rushing for a touchdown and Jeremy Hill catching a score in the same game, but that's just what they did on Sunday. Bernard not scoring touchdowns is what's held him back fantasy-wise the first five weeks. On his 17-yard score in the second quarter, Bernard looked like he was shot out of a cannon between right guard and right tackle as he went untouched into the end zone. Bernard remains a solid RB2 and will get the Steelers after the Week 7 bye.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 07:04:00 PM

Giovani Bernard pounded the rock 15 times for 80 yards while adding five catches for 21 yards on eight targets in the Bengals' Week 5 win over the Seahawks.

Gio was his usual chain-moving self, moving the line with efficient runs and even providing a few catches out of the backfield. Compared to backfield mate Jeremy Hill, Bernard has been a superior player in every way this year except that Hill has five touchdowns while Bernard has just one. Unfortunately for Bernard’s fantasy owners, that’s a pretty important stat. Regardless, Bernard is firmly on the flex radar and warrants weekly RB2 consideration in PPR formats. He'll get the Bills in Week 6.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
3Keith Wenning
4Joe Licata
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Rex Burkhead
4Cedric Peerman
5Bronson Hill
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
2Andrew Bonnet
WR11A.J. Green
2Mario Alford
3Brandon Tate
4Jake Kumerow
5Alex Erickson
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Tyler Boyd
3James Wright
4Cody Core
5Michael Bennett
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Eifert
2Tyler Kroft
3C.J. Uzomah
4Matt Lengel
5John Peters
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Jake Fisher
3John Weidenaar
LG1Clint Boling
2Trey Hopkins
3Alex Cooper
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
3Alex Redmond
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2Christian Westerman
3Trip Thurman
RT1Cedric Ogbuehi
2Eric Winston
3Aaron Epps
K1Mike Nugent
2Zach Hocker
3Jonathan Brown