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Giovani Bernard | Running Back | #25

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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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Giovanni Bernard caught two passes for 30 yards in Week 5 against Buffalo.
Bernard didn't see many snaps with the Bengals playing with a lead. He was only targeted twice in the pass game. Bernard is a Week 6 drop candidate. Oct 8 - 5:06 PM

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Giovani Bernard caught 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards while rushing three times for 12 yards in the Week 4 victory over the Browns.

Bernard took a screen pass 61 yards untouched for a score in the second quarter on a perfect play call versus an all-out blitz for the Browns. Bernard has two touchdowns the past two weeks, but just 11 touches overt that span, making him as shaky fantasy option moving forward. At best, he is a flex option Week 5 against the Bills.
Oct 1 - 5:24 PM

Giovani Bernard (thigh) was removed from the Week 4 injury report.

He's good to go for his weekly handful of touches but isn't a fantasy option.
Sep 29 - 12:49 PM

Giovani Bernard (thigh) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Bernard should play this week barring a setback. With Joe Mixon gaining control of the Bengals' backfield, Bernard is merely a bench stash in PPR leagues.
Sep 28 - 2:40 PM

Giovani Bernard (thigh) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Bernard, though his presence at practice suggests it isn't anything serious. Expect him to play his usual role on passing downs Sunday against Cleveland.
Sep 27 - 4:05 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Bernard touched the ball just five times, compared to 21 for Joe Mixon and eight for Jeremy Hill. But it was Bernard who found the end zone after being left uncovered on a short touchdown pass from Andy Dalton. Bernard's floor is far too low to be considered a fantasy asset in 12-team leagues.
Sep 24 - 8:14 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed five times for 10 yards in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Texans, adding two receptions for 16 additional yards.

Bernard remained in a three-man running rotation with Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon, though he doubled them up in passing-game targets (4-2). Whatever happens on early downs in Cincinnati, we know it's not going to involve Bernard taking the lead. He remains best quarantined to PPR formats.
Sep 15 - 12:11 AM

Giovani Bernard contributed 40 yards on seven carries while adding one catch for 39 yards on two targets Sunday in the Bengals’ Week 1 loss to the Ravens.

Game script favored Bernard on Sunday as the Bengals found themselves playing from behind most of the afternoon. Bernard logged 29 snaps compared to 22 for Joe Mixon and only 10 for Jeremy Hill. Gio looked spry in his return from a torn ACL, taking a fourth quarter catch-and-run 39 yards for the Bengals’ longest gain of the afternoon. Bernard gets the Texans in a tough Week 2 matchup on Thursday night.
Sep 10 - 5:22 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed four times for 25 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

They were Bernard's first, and likely only, touches of the summer. He checked in on the Bengals' third play, a third down. He did not appear to have any physical limitations as he completes his comeback from a torn ACL. Joe Mixon is getting all the pub while Jeremy Hill is playing spoiler on early downs, but Bernard is returning to his usual third down role.
Aug 27 - 6:45 PM

Giovani Bernard was a full participant on the first day of Bengals camp.

The Bengals' website suggested in mid-June that Gio might miss "the first couple regular season games," but it appears Bernard recovered quicker than expected. Bernard tore his ACL late last November, so his timeline went about as fast as ACL recoveries can possibly go. The Bengals will likely use all of training camp to sort out their running back depth chart, where Bernard, rookie Joe Mixon, and Jeremy Hill are all competing for snaps.
Jul 28 - 3:53 PM

Giovani Bernard (ACL) avoided the Bengals' active/PUP list to begin camp.

It means Bernard is ineligible for the reserve/PUP list, and the Bengals anticipate him playing early in the year. Offseason beat writer reports had Gio in danger of missing "the first couple of regular season games," but that hasn't been determined. Bernard's fantasy ADP has tumbled to the extent that he's very much worth a late flier in PPR leagues. Bernard's ceiling remains severely capped by Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill's presences, however.
Jul 28 - 1:25 PM's Geoff Hobson hinted Giovani Bernard (ACL) could be held out of the "first couple of regular season games."

It's plugged-in speculation from Hobson, one of the best team website writers in the business. "I imagine they don’t want to rush (Bernard) back into the first couple of regular-season games," wrote Hobson, who suggested Joe Mixon could open the season playing on passing downs. Hobson said he does expect Bernard to avoid the reserve/PUP list. Hobson added Mixon "has been pretty impressive" at spring practices. Gio is working off to the side while rehabbing his Week 11 ACL tear.
Jun 12 - 8:13 PM

Giovani Bernard (ACL) is working to the side at the beginning of OTAs.

ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell reported Bernard would get in limited work during OTAs, but it looks like he will be relegated to the rehab field for now along with Tyler Eifert (back). Bernard still looks on track to return around Week 1.
May 23 - 11:47 AM

ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell reports Giovani Bernard (ACL) is expected to get in limited work during OTAs.

It is surprising considering he is just six months removed from tearing his ACL, but the definition of limited work could simply be individual drills run at less than full speed. That said, Bernard's recovery appears to be on schedule if not ahead, and there is a good chance he is ready to go by Week 1. Bernard will have to compete with second-round pick Joe Mixon for passing-down work.
May 22 - 12:21 PM

Geoff Hobson of believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.

Bernard tore his ACL last November and seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft.
Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
3Jeff Driskel
RB1Joe Mixon
2Giovani Bernard
3Jeremy Hill
GLB1Joe Mixon
2Jeremy Hill
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Joe Mixon
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Tyler Boyd
3Cody Core
4Josh Malone
WR21Brandon LaFell
2John Ross
3Alex Erickson
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Kroft
2C.J. Uzomah
3Cethan Carter
LT1Cedric Ogbuehi
2Andre Smith
LG1Clint Boling
2Christian Westerman
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Trey Hopkins
2Alex Redmond
RT1Jake Fisher
K1Randy Bullock