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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%: 98/53 | Average Draft Position: 17.74
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Giovani Bernard leads Bengals in receiving in Wild Card loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard recorded team highs in receiving Sunday with eight receptions for 46 yards in his team's 26-10 loss to the Colts in the Wild Card round.

The Bengals were without their top two receiving threats, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, for the first-round playoff game, and their solution was for the offense to feature three running backs, with Bernard teaming with Jeremy Hill and Rex Burkhead to receive 28 of the team's 35 non-QB touches. Bernard also added six rushing yards on three carries in the loss.

Burkhead drew the first two touches of the game, racking up 23 yards on an end-around on his only carry of the day and adding 34 yards on three receptions over the course of the game. He managed just 76 yards on 16 touches during the regular season.


Bengals RB Giovani Bernard scores TD vs. Steelers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard rushed for eight yards on just three carries but racked up seven receptions on eight targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in his team's 27-17 loss to the Steelers Sunday.

Bernard displayed excellent athleticism on his 17-yard score in the first quarter, grabbing a short pass across the middle of the field and hurdling over a defender on his way to the end zone. While he's seen his role in the running game reduced in recent weeks, Bernard remains an integral part of the passing attack, catching touchdowns in back-to-back games over the last two weeks.

Bernard ends the regular season with 680 rushing yards on 168 carries and 349 receiving yards on 43 receptions along with seven total touchdowns. He'll square off with the Colts in the first round of the playoffs Sunday.


There's no doubting the hierarchy in Cincinnati's backfield


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) After yet another huge performance in Week 16 against the Broncos Jeremy Hill appears to have cemented himself as the Bengals No. 1 running back moving forward.

The Bengals rode Hill to victory Monday, on the strength of his second 140-yard game in a row. He rushed for 147 on 22 carries, including an 85-yard touchdown, and pushed Giovani Bernard into a peripheral role yet again. Hill played 62 percent of the team's snaps Monday, compared to Bernard's 38 percent, and had 22 touches to Bernard's 13.

An injury disrupted Bernard's season, but Hill hasn't shown any reason to consider giving the job back since he's been healthy. In the five games since Bernard has been healthy, he has 56 carries and 14 receptions, while Hill has 86 carries and nine receptions, with four touchdowns and 514 all-purpose yards. Bernard will still be around, but moving forward into next season, Hill looks like the back to own in Cincinnati, though both should have some value. 


Giovani Bernard notches first receiving touchdown this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard showed off his speed on a simple dumpoff pass in the third quarter Monday night. Bernard jetted away from the Broncos' defense for a 22-yard touchdown, his first receiving score this year.

Bernard caught all five of his targets for 45 yards and ran eight times for 36 yards. He has 184 yards from scrimmage in the past two weeks.

Bernard should figure heavily into the receiving game again when Cincy visits the Steelers in Week 17.


Jeremy Hill pulls away from Giovani Bernard


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) Getting the start Week 15 at Cleveland only days after offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he wanted one running back to dominate the carries, Jeremy Hill did exactly that, rushing 25 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

So why did Giovani Bernard also rush 15 times for 79 yards? The flow of the game had a lot to do with it. The Bengals were never really challenged during their 30-0 win, so in the fourth quarter, Bernard became more than just a change-of-pace option. He got seven of his carries on consecutive plays on the team's final drive.

When Bernard was sidelined by a hip injury in Weeks 9-11, Hill carried the load and looked like a natural with it, averaging 120.3 yards on the ground. He likely cemented the feature role with his performance in Week 15, relegating Bernard to more of a backup role.

You wouldn't know it just by looking at the box score, but given the way the carries were distributed over the course of Week 15, Hill looks like a must-start for Week 16 against Denver, and Bernard looks like an advisable sit. Most likely, the Bengals won't be running away with that game.


Bengals RB Giovani Bernard contributes to easy win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got passed over during the week when Marvin Lewis decided to start Jeremy Hill instead, but he got plenty of work Sunday in Cleveland and performed well.

Bernard rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries and caught all three targets for 14 yards in the shutout victory. He was particularly effective after intermission with 54 yards rushing in 10 attempts.


Bengals RB Hill set to start over Bernard against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Bengals are set to start Jeremy Hill as their featured back Sunday in Cleveland. It remains to be seen how his reps are divided with those of backfield mate Giovani Bernard.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has stated that he would like to see one back receive a bulk of the carries so he can get into a rhythm.


Bengals OC: I'd like Hill or Bernard to dominate reps


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has watched running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill receive a nearly equal split of carries over the last three games - but that's not his preference.

"I'm used to having one guy kind of dominate some carries because in order for backs to be really good, they've got to get lathered up to play," Jackson told the team website. "You've got to get a feel for the game. We have two capable guys and they're different guys and we'll let it play itself out, but I think we have a pretty good idea which way we're headed. ... I just don't think I did a very good job this past week."

The pair combined for just 14 carries for 63 yards in the loss to Pittsburgh. The Bengals are awaiting a critical game in Cleveland on Sunday.


Bengals could move to one featured running back vs. Browns


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson sounds like he's moving towards using one featured running back to receive the lion's share of the touches in the team's Week 15 matchup with the Browns, the team's website reports.

"I'm used to having one guy kind of dominate some carries because in order for backs to be really good, they've got to get lathered up to play," Jackson said after Wednesday’s practice. "You've got to get a feel for the game. We have two capable guys and they're different guys and we'll let it play itself out, but I think we have a pretty good idea which way we're headed…Those guys are very capable. I just don't think I did a very good job this past week."

Jeremy Hill rushed for 46 yards on eight carries in Week 14 while Giovani Bernard managed 17 yards on six carries. Since Bernard returned from injury three weeks ago, Hill has carried the ball 39 times, versus 33 carries for Bernard. On the season, Hill has racked up 4.8 yards per carry, while Bernard has managed just 3.9 yards per carry.


Tough to trust Giovani Bernard or Jeremy Hill


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Bengals running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill have both shown they can be big-time Fantasy contributors at various points this season, however with the duo splitting touches, it's tough to rely on either at this point.

The two combined for 20 touches in Week 14's 42-21 loss to the Steelers, about what each was getting as a full-time player. However, Hill led the way with just 6 Fantasy points, the second game in a row neither of them managed more than 6 on their own in a standard league.

Hill's Fantasy owners were thrilled with how well he performed in Bernard's absence, but that has led to an overall loss in value for both players. Hill probably rates out a bit better having racked up more carries over the last three games overall, including the only touchdown. However, neither is more than a low-end Fantasy starter down the stretch, even with a decent matchup against the Browns on the way in Week 15. 


Bengals running game can't keep up against the Steelers in Week 14


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Bengals running backs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard only carried the ball 14 times total Sunday against the Steelers. Hill, who had eight carries for 46 yards, also had three catches for 21 yards. 

Bernard only had 17 yards on the ground and added three catches for 19 yards. This is the second week in a row both Hill and Bernard were unable to reach 50 rushing yards. 

The Bengals will get the Browns in Week 15. 


Bengals backfield duo just OK in defeat of Tampa Bay


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The combination of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill proved little more than mediocre for the Bengals on Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The pair combined for just 89 yards on 23 carries with the former more effective. Bernard rushed for 49 yards on 10 tries, including a 15-yarder on the team's second possession of the game. But he rushed for only five yards after intermission. Hill, who got the start, finished with 40 yards on 13 attempts and four catches for 12 yards.

Bernard and Hill will seek to pick up the production when the Bengals host the Steelers next Sunday.


Jeremy Hill shines in Giovani Bernard's return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014)  Bengals running back Jeremy Hill continued to run the ball well in Week 12 against the Texans, as he outshone incumbent starter Giovani Bernard in his return from an injury.

Hill rushed for 361 yards in three games in Bernard's absence, and kept on running against the Texans, racking up a team-high 87 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Bernard managed just 45 yards in the game on just one fewer carry, and didn't do much to make up the gap in the passing game.

The Bengals kept the carry split very even Sunday, and that could be the case moving forward, which might not be the best outcome for either player's value. The Bengals led early and faced little resistance from the Texans' offense, which allowed them to run the ball 43 times total.

If the Bengals are stuck playing from behind moving forward, opportunities to run the ball extensively could be much harder to come by. Still, they should be working from ahead often yet again in Week 13, with the Buccaneers on the schedule, so both Hill and Bernard might be worth starting yet again. 


Bengals RB Giovani Bernard totals 67 yards in return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard had 45 rushing yards on 17 carries during a 22-13 win Week 12 at Houston. Bernard, who was back in action after missing three games due to hip and shoulder injuries, added two catches for 22 yards.

Fellow running back Jeremy Hill had a team-high 87 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in the win. The Bengals are back in action Week 13 at Tampa Bay.


Bengals RB Gio Bernard back, listed as starter Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was cleared to play Week 12 at Houston after missing three games due to hip and shoulder injuries. Bernard was listed as the starting running back for Sunday's game.

While Bernard is listed as the starter, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said during the week he will ease Bernard back in action.

"With Gio just coming back, it's going to be hard for me to just thrust him in there and let him go again," Jackson said Wednesday. "I think we have to work him into our process. What will determine that is just how fast and how ready he is to go."


Bengals RB Giovani Bernard ruled probable for Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was officially labeled as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, according to ESPN.

Bernard missed the previous three games due to hip and shoulder injuries. Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson indicated earlier in the week that the team will likely ease Bernard back into action, while giving Jeremy Hill a bigger share of the load.


Full practice has Bengals RB Bernard in good shape for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The full practice participation of Bengals featured back Giovani Bernard on Thursday will likely result in him being active for the Sunday game at Houston.

Bernard has been dealing with hip and clavicle issues that have kept him out of the last three games.


Bengals OC Hue Jackson says he'll ease Gio Bernard back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said running back Giovani Bernard looked "tremendous" in his return to practice Wednesday,  but indicated he'll ease him back into the lineup, reports the team's website. Jackson also praised rookie Jeremy Hill, who has two 150-yard rushing games in the past three weeks.

"With Gio just coming back, it's going to be hard for me to just thrust him in there and let him go again," Jackson said. "I think we have to work him into our process. What will determine that is just how fast and how ready he is to go."

Bernard has missed three straight games with hip and shoulder injuries. He won't dominate snaps like he did before he got hurt, and perhaps will play about 50 percent of the time Sunday at Houston, the website suggested.


Bengals' Jeremy Hill running ahead of Gio Bernard in practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) While Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (hip) returned to practice Wednesday, rookie Jeremy Hill was the first back up in positional drills, reports ESPN.com. It could be an indication Bernard will be limited in his first practice back from injury, the report said.

Bernard has missed three consecutive games entering Week 12 at Houston.


Giovani Bernard to practice Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, who's missed three straight games with hip and clavicle injuries, will return to practice Wednesday, coach Marvin Lewis told reporters. This gives Bernard a chance to play Sunday at Houston.

Bengals coach on Giovani Bernard's Week 12 status: 'We'll see'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Bengals coach Marvin Lewis would not reveal the status of running back Giovani Bernard (hip, clavicle) for Week 12 against the Texans in Houston. According to ESPN, Lewis remains optimistic that Bernard will practice this week, but when asked if the second-year running back would make his return in Houston, he said, "we'll see."

Bernard has missed three consecutive games due to multiple injuries. He has 446 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the season.


Bengals list Week 11 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The following players have been ruled inactive for the Bengals in Week 11 against the Saints: CB Terence Newman, RB Giovani Bernard, LB Vontaze Burfict, OT Andre Smith, OT Tanner Hawkinson, DT Devon Still and WR Greg Little.

Bengals battered up heading into New Orleans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The ruled out statuses of running back Giovani Bernard (hip/clavicle) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) headline the injury report submitted Friday by the Bengals for their Sunday game. But other Bengals are banged up as well.

Included is offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle), who is doubtful. The questionables are linebacker Rey Maualuga (hamstring), who practiced in full Friday, and cornerback Terence Newman (knee), who has been out all week.

The probables are tight end Jermaine Gresham (thigh), cornerback Leon Hall (concussion), safety Taylor Mays (foot) and offensive lineman Mike Pollak (knee).


Bengals RB Bernard, LB Burfict near red light for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Bengals have indicated that featured back Giovani Bernard (hip/clavicle) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) will be sidelined Sunday in New Orleans. Both were out of Friday practice and have yet to participate in any session this week.

Both are set to be inactive for their third consecutive games.


Bengals RB Giovani Bernard sits out Friday's practice


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was unable to practice Friday, putting him in danger of missing another week of action, according to ESPN. Instead of practicing, Bernard went through on-field rehab work for the third consecutive day, as he continues to recover from a hip injury.

Bernard has missed the last two games with hip and clavicle issues. He has rushed for 446 yards and five touchdowns this season. He has also compiled 179 receiving yards through seven games.