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Giovani Bernard | Running Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: North Carolina
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Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Chiefs.
He was not targeted in the passing game. Gio outgained Jeremy Hill on the ground 62-40 with 13 carries to Hill's nine, but Hill got everything in close, scoring three touchdowns from within the ten-yard line. Still leading the Bengals' backfield in touches and snaps most weeks, Bernard will be a respectable RB2 play in PPR leagues against Seattle in Week 5. Oct 4 - 4:39 PM

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Giovani Bernard rushed 13 times for 49 yards and snagged three of four targets for 34 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 win over the Ravens.

Jeremy Hill logged seven carries on the opening series but it was all Bernard after that. It didn’t take long for this game to turn into a shootout, which always favors Bernard given his receiving expertise. Despite Marvin Lewis’ assurances that Hill is still Cincinnati's workhorse, this backfield has the feel of a full-blown running back by committee. Bernard should be in the flex/RB2 mix next time out against Kansas City.
Sep 27 - 5:15 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed 20 times for 123 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards Week 2 against the Chargers.

Bernard was having a solid day before Jeremy Hill was benched for fumbling in the second half, but he turned on the jets after becoming the lead back. Bernard routinely gashed the Chargers' defense for chunk plays in the fourth quarter as the Bengals attempted to run down the clock. Hill should regain the starting job next week against the Ravens, but Bernard has earned a bigger role with 227 yards on 37 touches so far this season.
Sep 20 - 4:17 PM

Gio Bernard rushed eight times for 63 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 25 yards in the Bengals' Week 1 win over Oakland.

Bernard was shifty and effective working behind Jeremy Hill, dominating snaps in the Bengals' two-minute offense and piling up touches in garbage time. Gio will likely not get as much work in games that are closer. He's a back-end flex option when Cincinnati hosts San Diego in Week 2.
Sep 13 - 8:02 PM

Giovani Bernard had five touches for 15 yards in the Bengals' third preseason game.

Bernard rotated with the first team, playing only in passing situations. He lost all goal-line work to Jeremy Hill, and doesn't have a consistent role on third downs due to blocking limitations. Bernard has just 10 carries for 19 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 29 - 9:31 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed four times for five yards in the Bengals' preseason opener.

Bernard did not see a snap while Andy Dalton was on the field. Bernard did work as the first-team punt returner, which may point to his lack of a clear role in the offense. Clearly behind Jeremy Hill in the pecking order, Bernard has little chance to repeat the 16 touches a game he saw last season.
Aug 14 - 8:54 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer confirms Gio Bernard "won't have near as many touches" as Jeremy Hill this season.

Hill is a bellcow back with three-down tools and the best pass blocker on the Bengals. Bernard could mix in more during games where the Bengals fall behind on the scoreboard, but this is a relatively high-powered offense and the defense is likely to be much improved in DC Paul Guenther's second year. We don't anticipate the Bengals playing from behind often. In all likelihood, Gio will have a difficult time living up to his fourth-/fifth-round ADP.
Aug 3 - 7:12 PM

Giovani Bernard improved his YPC average to 4.7 and compiled 125 yards on 15 catches in the Bengals' final three games.

He became far more effective when utilized as a supporting-cast member behind Jeremy Hill after struggling as the Bengals' early-season feature back. The Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Bengals envision Gio as an "explosive, multi-dimensional player" who will fill a "complementary" role. In 2015, expect Bernard to be the Bengals' passing-down back. He'll still be on the early-round radar in points-per-reception fantasy leagues.
Feb 8 - 10:23 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for six yards in the Bengals' Wild Card loss, adding eight receptions for 46 yards.

As has been the case every week since Bernard returned from his hip injury, he was utilized as Jeremy Hill's change-of-pace back, with the Bengals never bothering to establish him between the tackles. Bernard was Andy Dalton's safety valve. Although OC Hue Jackson could be moving on, COP duties are what Gio should claim in 2015. The owner of a career 4.1 YPC, he is not a tough runner, but one capable of reeling off big plays if he gets into space. Bernard's dynasty future is that of an RB2/FLEX who can't be counted on for touchdowns.
Jan 4 - 4:47 PM

Giovani Bernard had three rushes for eight yards and seven catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

Bernard had a highlight 17-yard touchdown on a short pass from Andy Dalton in the first quarter. He got 10 touches behind Jeremy Hill, who continued to get the majority of carries. Bernard has been more productive since moving out of the feature back role and is averaging six catches over his last two games. Bernard will finish the season with 168 carries, 1,029 total yards, and six touchdowns.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:04:00 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed for 36 yards on eight carries in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Broncos, adding five catches for 45 yards and one touchdown.

The past two weeks, Bernard has been doing more with less. And that's how it was in 2013. The Bengals realized Bernard isn't a workhorse back, and he's taken a side seat next to 1A Jeremy Hill. Hill out-touched Bernard 22-13, but both did work with their looks. Bernard looked like his rookie self on his 22-yard touchdown, catching the ball at the line of scrimmage and shedding a tackle before making another defender miss on his way to the end zone. The past two weeks, he's managed 184 total yards on 31 touches. Bernard and Hill are going to have to carry the Bengals in the playoffs. They'll wrap up Week 17 against the Steelers.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:16:00 AM

Giovani Bernard rushed 15 times for 79 yards in the Bengals' Week 15 rout of the Browns, adding three catches for 24 additional yards.

Bernard was a definitive No. 2 behind Jeremy Hill — who went off for 25/148/2 — but the Bengals out-possessed the inept Browns 38:52-21:08, and ran 71 total plays. Bernard was primarily playing passing downs before things got out of hand, which was admittedly quite early. The Bengals are going more and more run heavy as they try to hide Andy Dalton, but Bernard can't be trusted as more than a shaky FLEX option for Week 16 against the Broncos' tough run defense. He's a rich man's Shane Vereen.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed six times for 17 yards and caught three passes for 19 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Steelers.

Bernard is getting out-touched, out-gained and out-played by Jeremy Hill weekly now. So even though Gio is still the "starter," it's clear the coaches prefer the chain-moving ability of Hill. Bernard, averaging just 3.18 YPC over his last four games with a total of eight catches, will be a desperation flex only at Cleveland in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Gio Bernard rushed ten times for 49 yards and caught a four-yard pass in Cincinnati's Week 13 win over the Bucs.

He played behind Jeremy Hill, who started the game and finished with 17 touches compared to Bernard's 11. Hill has bypassed Bernard both as the Bengals' clock-killing and red-zone back, and currently carries more fantasy value. As long as Bernard is teetering in the 11-19 touch-per-game range with limited scoring-position and passing-game involvement, he'll only be a flex player in fantasy leagues. The Bengals face the Steelers next.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 06:13:00 PM

Giovani Bernard was held to 45 yards on 17 carries and caught two passes for 22 yards in the Bengals' Week 12 win over Houston.

Bernard got the start in his first game back from a four-week absence. Aside from a 19-yard gain Gio busted on his fourth rushing attempt, he was held to 26 yards on 16 carries. Bernard was bottled up while mixing and matching with Jeremy Hill. From a fantasy standpoint, it's especially notable that Hill consistently played ahead of Gio in scoring position, executing a two-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Both backs finished with 19 touches, but Hill was far more effective. Bernard will be a low-end RB2/flex play in Week 13 against the Buccaneers.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Rex Burkhead
4Cedric Peerman
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Brandon Tate
3Greg Little
WR21Marvin Jones
2Mohamed Sanu
3Mario Alford
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Tyler Eifert
2Tyler Kroft
3C.J. Uzomah
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Jake Fisher
LG1Clint Boling
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Kevin Zeitler
RT1Andre Smith
2Eric Winston
K1Mike Nugent