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25 Giovani Bernard RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/208 | Birthdate: 11/22/1991 | Birthplace: West Palm Beach, FL, USA | Team: Cincinnati | College: North Carolina | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 99/74 | Average Draft Position: 16.57
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Hue Jackson can't stop gushing about Gio Bernard


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:47 pm ET) New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson continues to describe running back Giovani Bernard in glowing terms. "He’s had an outstanding camp," Jackson told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. "He’s so explosive, he can catch the ball, he’s a tough son of a gun. He protects. He blocks."

Bengals to 'expand portfolio' of Giovani Bernard


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Bengals want to find different ways to get the ball to running back Giovani Bernard, reports ESPN.com.

"I don't know if it's the workload that's going to get more, it's more the type of plays that we're going to run with him in the game," running backs coach Kyle Caskey told the website. "We're going to expand his portfolio of plays and find different ways to get the ball in his hands in space. You get the ball in Gio's hands in space, he's dangerous."

Cincy could line up Bernard as an outside or slot receiver -- anything to get him in space.

"You don't necessarily have to hand it off and say, 'Hey, Gio got 260 touches last year out of the backfield.' Maybe he gets 260 to 300 touches but he gets them some other way," Caskey said. "Maybe he gets 200 out of the backfield but he catches 100 passes or however it is. We'll find a way to get the ball to him."


300-plus touches projected for Giovani Bernard


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) On the heels of a report from the Bengals' website saying Giovani Bernard should receive 230 carries, the Cincinnati Enquirer seconded that notion, stating Bernard will be featured "early and often. His expansion as a receiver will only help create a scenario where he can crack 70 receptions and 230 carries for 300-plus total touches. Buckle up."

Bernard ran 170 times as a rookie and caught 56 passes.


Giovani Bernard projected to get 230 carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Bengals' official website expects second-year running back Giovani Bernard to receive 230 carries, 60 more than he had last year. That computes to 14.4 carries per game.

The Bengals don't want to give Bernard more than that because "they want to protect him as well as use him in the passing game," the report said. Bernard had 15 carries once as a rookie, 14 twice and 13 three times.

The website predicts the Bengals will run the ball about 50 more times under new coordinator Hue Jackson.

Of the remaining 230 to 250 carries available, the website expects rookie Jeremy Hill to get the bulk, with the rest going to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Rex Burkhead or whoever emerges as the No. 3 back.


Giovani Bernard to do more with his hands?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) The Bengals have plans to use Giovani Bernard as a receiver in addition to his work as a running back, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Bernard ability to make plays in the open field have the coaching staff thinking creatively on how to use him. 

"We want to do more with him because he can do that," running backs coach Kyle 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 Reggie Bush where you have to be aware at all times."

Bernard thinks it makes sense. 

"Think about it; if you're in the backfield you have to run five yards or six and a half or seven to get to the line of scrimmage and then you've got to push up five more yards, you've got to get through all of the crowd and you've got to check all of the protections," he said. "So it's almost a lot easier when you're on the slot where all you have to do is just run five yards to get to your spot."

Bernard had 56 catches last year but many of them came on plays where he lined up in the backfield. Per ProFootballFocus.com, Bernard lined up as a receiver just 42 times and sparingly catches from those spots. He totaled just over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns last year.  


Giovani Bernard sees change in offense coming


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard sees a change in the offense this season under new coordinator Hue Jackson, reports ESPN.

"It's a lot more tempo, tempo, tempo," Bernard said, adding, "We're just going to smash your face in -- basically."

This offensive coordinator wants to use the run to set up the pass. Some three months before the start of the season, this offense has an identity.

"The mentality of the offense has changed," Bernard said.


Bengals draft RB Jeremy Hill


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 55 pick in the NFL Draft, the Bengals selected running back Jeremy Hill from LSU.

The Bengals already have Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the roster, but the addition of Hill could mean Green-Ellis is gone.

Hill, who is a big back at 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, had 1,940 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns on 317 carries along with 254 receiving yards on 26 catches for the Tigers. 

If the Bengals release Green-Ellis, Hill would form a formidable duo with Bernard in Cincinnati's backfield.


Lewis hoping for Rice-like second season from Giovani Bernard


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Marvin Lewis was the one to pull in the reins on using Giovani Bernard more than the team did in 2013, but it sounds like he won't do the same in 2014. Lewis told CBSSports.com from the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando that he wanted to save Bernard for a 20-game season while also mentioning that rookies typically overwork themselves in preparation for the draft. 

But now Lewis is hoping for Bernard to take a deep breath, reflect on his rookie year, and then "mature and grow" into a prominent role in the Bengals' run game. 

"I witnessed in Ray Rice since his rookie year in Baltimore and then from ['08 to '09] and the difference in him. We're hoping that Gio can take those same steps," Lewis said. 


Giovani Bernard to 'border on 300 touches'?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/5/2014) Not only did a story on the Bengals official team website list Giovani Bernard as the team's starting running back (and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a backup), but the story also suggested that Bernard is in line for 300 touches in 2014.

Bernard already had two more touches than Green-Ellis in 2013 but this is a hint that the team will make the transition toward the second-year superstar. 

"After a spectacular NFL Rookie of the Year finalist season, Bernard is only going to get more work and no doubt is going to border on 300 touches," site editor Geoff Hobson wrote. 

Bernard had 170 carries and 56 catches last year. 


Giovani Bernard to have 'a lot' on his plate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wouldn't specify running back Giovani Bernard's 2014 role, but he seemed to indicate it would grow. "He's going to have a lot -- I can promise you," Jackson said, per ESPN.com.

Jackson praised Bernard for his toughness as a rookie.

"Here's a young man who played last year -- and I'm not trying to brag on him -- but he played hurt," Jackson said. "The guy didn't shy away from me. There were times when I said, 'Is this guy going to play?' And he didn't blink. He played as hard and as well as any young player I've been around with as much as we asked him to do." 

Bernard accounted for 1,209 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns last year.


More balance coming to Cincinnati's offense?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has made it clear that he wants the team's run game to be more physical and more of a factor under his guidance. 

"What I need to do is unleash these guys," Jackson said. "We're going to try and create an environment for these guys to be great. That's what [head coach] Marvin [Lewis] is all about. We know we need to run the football. We want to run the football. That's where it starts. That's what he preaches." 

ESPN surmises that under Jackson the Bengals will average close to 30 carries per game from their primary backs, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. Last year when at least one of them had 15 carries the team was 6-1. 

Jackson has a good track record of utilizing running backs, so both should be effective in 2014.


Bengals moving toward ground-and-pound?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) With running backs coach Hue Jackson taking over as offensive coordinator, the Bengals could field a more run-oriented attack, reports NFL.com. That would be good news for running backs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, if the veteran isn't released.

"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 told the website. "We've 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."

Bernard didn't elaborate on the playbook. Last season Cincinnati ranked 18th in rushing yards (109.7 per game) and tied for 27th in yards per carry (3.6). But only seven teams had more than the Bengals' 481 rushing attempts.


Bengals running backs limited on the ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was limited on the ground against the Chargers.

Bernard carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards. He was a much bigger threat in the passing game. Bernard caught seven passes for 73 yards. He was targeted 10 times. 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis performed better on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for 42 yards. As usual, he did not play a big role in the passing game, and was not targeted. The Bengals were fighting to get back into the game late, and opted to go with Bernard down the stretch. Neither player was able to score.


Giovani Bernard: It all starts with establishing run


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard believes the key to success for quarterback Andy Dalton and receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones is establishing a strong ground attack.

"It starts up front," Bernard told the team website. "If you can run the ball, create big plays running the ball, it's going to open up the pass. If you can pass, Andy's going to feel comfortable, deep balls are going to be open, A.J. is going to be open, Marv is going to be open. It really just opens everything, so we have to start at the line of scrimmage and control that."

The Bengals, who await San Diego for a Sunday playoff clash, have struggled to run the ball consistently. They rank 28th in the NFL in yards per carry at 3.6. Bernard has been more effective than featured back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard has averaged 4.1 YPC and is the second-leading receiver on the team with 56 catches for 514 yards.


Giovani Bernard has 73 total yards in win


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard carried the ball 13 times for 22 yards in Sunday's 34-17 victory over the Ravens. He also caught five passes for 51 yards. 

Bernard finishes the year with at least 10 carries in seven straight games. He ran 170 times for 695 yards, while catching 56 passes for 514 yards.

Bernard scored eight total touchdowns in his rookie campaign. 


Bengals backs low-end RB2 options


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/27/2013) Bengals running backs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have been a stellar one-two punch for the team this season. But they've been a tough duo to predict for Fantasy owners, who have seen the backs cannibalize each others' values. 

Bernard has gotten a steady amount of carries over the past four games, seeing no fewer than 12 and no more than 14. But his output has been varied, ranging from 20 rushing yards to 99. He's scored one touchdown in the last four games, while catching nine total passes. 

Green-Ellis, meanwhile, has been all over the pace with carries (ranging from four to 20 in that four-game span), but has scored four touchdowns. And in that span, Green-Ellis was severely limited in a game against the Steelers (the four-carry game) with an illness. 

In Week 10, when the Bengals faced the Ravens (this Sunday's opponent), Green-Ellis ran nine times for 36 yards, while Bernard ran 14 times for 58 yards and caught a season-best eight passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens had been solid against running backs this season, but have taken a step back lately, allowing six touchdowns over the last four games to backs, and 40 or more receiving yards to running backs in two of those games.

Bernard and Green-Ellis will likely continue their recent trends -- Green-Ellis serving as the workhorse and red zone back; Bernard getting about 13 carries and catching a handful of passes. That puts both of them on the cusp of RB2, with Bernard getting a bit of a bump in PPR formats thanks to his pass-catching ability.  


Giovani Bernard quiet except for long catch


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, who was limited to just 33 yards on 13 carries last week at Pittsburgh, was even worse running the ball Week 16 against the Vikings, picking up 20 yards on 13 carries. 

On a day when quarterback Andy Dalton picked apart the Vikings' 30th-ranked pass defense, Bernard wasn't the only running back to struggle. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is technically ahead of him on the depth chart, had just 24 yards on 12 carries. But of course, Bernard offers something Green-Ellis doesn't -- the ability to contribute as a receiver.

It was in that capacity that he made his biggest impact, taking a short toss from Dalton midway through the third quarter, eluding one tackler with a spin move, dodging another with a quick change in direction and escaping yet another with a stiff-arm before plowing through two or three more to get inside the 10-yard line. When the dust had settled, he had picked up 41 yards. In all, he had two catches for 47 yards.

He came up short of the end zone, though, and now has just one touchdown in his last five games. He'll look to get back on track Week 17 against the Ravens.


Giovani Bernard a good bet to bounce back


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2013) Though running back Giovani Bernard led the Bengals in carries Week 15 at Pittsburgh, he couldn't do much with them against a rejuvenated Steelers run defense. But given that he's averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season, he should find more running room Week 16 against Minnesota. The Vikings rank 20th against the run, allowing 115.9 yards per game, and have given up the seventh-most Fantasy points to running backs.

And they'd probably rank even lower if teams weren't so busy throwing the ball against their 30th-rank pass defense, which also works to Bernard's advantage. Though he and BenJarvus Green-Ellis split carries almost evenly most weeks, Bernard is clearly the preferred option in passing situations. He has 49 receptions this year to Green-Ellis' three.

Whether in front of or behind the line of scrimmage, the yards are coming for Bernard this week. He's always a little risky since he doesn't play every down, but Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him among their top 20 running backs.


Giovani Bernard gets goal-line carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got the goal-line carries over BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the team's Week 15 loss at Pittsburgh. Bernard scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, but failed to score on two carries inside the 5 late in the third quarter.

Bernard came into the game with two carries inside the 5 all season. He carried 13 times for 33 yards and the touchdown, while Green-Ellis was given just four carries. Bernard caught two of his four targets for 13 yards. 

Up to eight total touchdowns, Bernard plays the Vikings in Week 16.


Giovani Bernard primed for repeat vs. Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard turned nine touches into two touchdowns the first time he played the Steelers. He's poised for more success when he faces them Week 15 at Pittsburgh.

The Steelers just got toasted by Daniel Thomas of all people. Miami's plodder gained 105 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last week. For the season, Pittsburgh ranks 17th, allowing 17 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. The Steelers have yielded 13 rushing scores and 4.1 yards per carry.

Bernard is the only running back to catch a touchdown pass vs. Pittsburgh. Still splitting carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard nevertheless gained a season-high 148 yards from scrimmage last week vs. Indy. He's averaging 4.7 yards per carry this year and has 21 catches over his last five games.

Consider Bernard a strong RB2.


Giovani Bernard has 148 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard ran 12 times for a career-best 99 yards in Sunday's 42-28 victory over the Colts. Bernard also caught four passes for 49 yards. He was targeted four times. 

While Bernard led the team in rushing yards, he yielded the touchdowns to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who scored twice. Bernard had three runs of 19 or more yards in the game, and a 22-yard catch in the second quarter.

The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 15. Bernard ran for 38 yards and a touchdown, while catching one pass for 27 yards and another touchdown, when the teams first played in Week 2. 


Giovani Bernard excelling in limited role


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has averaged 4.4 yards per carry on the season, and has three games with eight or more Fantasy points in his last four. But he's seen his point totals dip in each of those four games, bottoming out with a five-point game in Week 13. 

Bernard's value will be tied to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has reached the 20-carry mark twice in the last four games. Cincinnati's Week 14 opponent, the Colts, have given up more than 25 receiving yards (Bernard's area of specialty in this offense) to an opposing back just once this season, but have been scored on five times in the last four games by the more traditional, Green-Ellis-type lead back.

Bernard has been excellent when given the opportunity, but the Bengals have a system in place that uses both running backs throughout the game, meaning his value will have a ceiling (outside of a long run or pass catch).

A solid PPR option, Bernard is a decent RB2 option in most standard leagues, as well. 


Giovani Bernard held to one reception in Week 13 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was held to just one reception for the fourth time this season during Sunday's win over the Chargers in Week 13.

Bernard shared carries with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and was held under 60 yards on the ground. He was held to 14 carries for 57 yards (4.1 yards per carry) on the ground and one catch for a gain of 9 yards in a 17-10 victory.

Bernard has not rushed for more than 60 yards since Week 9 against the Dolphins. He will look to get back on track at home against the Colts in Week 14.

Bengals running backs could do well this week


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) Bengals rushers Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have a matchup that looks tough at first glance but might actually pan out quite favorably. They play at San Diego in Week 13. 

On the year the Chargers have allowed just seven touchdowns to running backs, but they've all come within the last four weeks. They've also given up at least 100 total yards to running backs in each of those games -- 130 yards in three of the four -- so they're becoming susceptible to the run. 

Bernard is in a position to have a big game because of his versatility while Green-Ellis isn't a bad Fantasy play because of San Diego's recent run defense woes. I like Bernard as a Top 15 Fantasy option while Green-Ellis could fill in if you're thin on talent this week. 


Giovani Bernard racks up 86 yards in big win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard had a solid game in Week 11 against the Browns, despite failing to break off any big plays in a 41-20 win.

Bernard had a long reception of 25 yards and a long rush of 13, as the Browns did a decent job checking him in every facet of the game. Still, he was persistent enough to rack up 86 all-purpose yards on 14 touches.

Bernard rushed the ball for 45 yards on 10 carries, and proved to be a dependable option in the passing game yet again. He hauled in four passes for 41 yards in the win.

Bernard has been a very versatile option for the Bengals in his rookie season, as he enters the bye in Week 12 with 464 yards on 105 carries and 42 receptions for 345 yards, with seven total touchdowns. The Bengals return from the bye in Week 13 against the Chargers.