Cincinnati Bengals
Position
RB
 
Jersey
25
Name  Giovani Bernard
Born  11/22/1991
Height  5-9
Weight  208
College  North Carolina
8/13/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard could get a "good share" of the goal-line carries as well as 300 total touches.
Insight: Even if he doesn't get all of the goal-line carries, Bernard still has RB1 upside this season due to his expected workload spike and explosiveness in the receiving game. The team drafted bruising back Jeremy Hill to replace ineffective BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but it sounds like Bernard could get a crack at some short TDs too.
 
7/28/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey is thinking 260-300 touches for new starter RB Giovani Bernard in 2014.
Insight: Bernard had 695 rushing yards on 170 carries, 514 receiving yards on 56 catches and eight total touchdowns as a rookie while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Now a starter with a more run-heavy gameplan expected, it's certainly not unreasonable. In our projections we are expecting 264 touches, 1,437 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
 
3/4/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Geoff Hobson of bengals.com writes that RB Giovani Bernard "no doubt" will near 300 touches in 2014.
Insight: Former Cincinnati offensive coordinator and committee proponent Jay Gruden is now the head coach in Washington, so Bernard should have a chance to control the backfield in his second season. He had 695 rushing yards on 170 carries, 514 receiving yards on 56 catches and eight total touchdowns as a rookie while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Gruden stubbornly stuck with the "Law Firm" even though he rushed for just 3.4 ypc.
 
11/17/2013 2:48:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati running back Giovani Bernard aggravated his rib injury late in the second quarter Sunday against the Browns but is expected to return to the game.
Insight: Bernard injured his ribs several weeks ago but hasn't had to miss any games. We'll keep an eye out for him when the second half begins.
 
11/10/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati halfback Giovani Bernard will play through a rib injury Sunday against division rival Baltimore.
Insight: Bernard, who practiced in a limited capacity on Friday, was never in any danger or missing this game. Of the two Bengals halfbacks (BenJarvus Green-Ellis being the other), the rookie Bernard is clearly the superior fantasy option (six touchdowns in nine games this season).
 
Hot11/8/2013 2:02:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was limited in Friday's practice though he is expected to play Sunday.
Insight: The coaching staff has made the decision that Bernard will continue in his role as change of pace and part-time back with BenJarvus Green-Ellis to take a lot of the hard inside yards. They hope it will keep Bernard fresh, but it also limits his fantasy value.
 
Hot11/7/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden indicated that running back Giovani Bernard will not get more touches despite vastly outperforming BenJarvus Green-Ellis. SOURCE: Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: "Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast," Gruden said. "That's the way (Bernard) is. He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy." Bernard is averaging 12.3 touches per game, and fantasy owners should expect his workload to remain in that territory. That keeps him in low-end RB2 territory.
 
Hot11/1/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard suffered injured ribs in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game with Miami.
Insight: Bernard had already posted 104 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Outside of A.J. Green he's the team's most explosive weapon and will only get better as he takes more of the workload from BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
 
Hot9/22/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard continues to run circles around teammate BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard had 99 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 14 touches Sunday against the Packers.
Insight: Green-Ellis had 29 yards and a touchdown while losing a fumble on 10 carries. The workload should continue to move in Bernard's favor going forward.
 
9/20/2013 1:35:00 PM
Description: Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard was limited in practice over the last two days while dealing with a hamstring issue.
Insight: Coach Marvin Lewis said it was just precautionary, sitting Bernard, who posted fantasy-worthy numbers on Monday night against Pittsburgh. He rushed for 38 yards and a score on eight carries and caught a screen pass for 27 yards and a score. We expect him to play on Sunday despite the questionable tag.
 
7/25/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden gave the impression that Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard could see a 50-50 split in opportunities with returning starter BenJarus Green-Ellis, according to a Cincinnati.com report.
Insight: Bernard should be Cincinnati's change-of-pace and third-down receiving back and now could get a significant split of the carries. He has excellent hands and if Gruden is being truthful should see between 12-14 touches a game behind starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That would make him a viable RB2 option.
 
7/2/2013 1:47:00 PM
Description: Bengals second round draft choice, running back Giovani Bernard, was also used at the wideout position during OTAs.
Insight: Bernard should be Cincinnati's change-of-pass and third-down back and now could get a little work split out too. He has excellent hands and should get between 8-10 touches a game behind starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
 
5/13/2013 12:11:00 PM
Description: Bengals second round draft choice Giovani Bernard (No. 37 overall) was seen catching a steady stream of passes out of the backfield at the team's OTA.
Insight: Bernard should be Cincinnati's change-of-pass and third-down back and get between 8-10 touches a game behind starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis.