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Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard

Running Back #25
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 202 lb.
College:North Carolina
Age:28
Born:November 22, 1991
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 2 (37)
Draft Team:CIN

Giovani Bernard: Potential cap casualty?

The Bengals can save $2.8 million in cap space if they release Bernard this offseason, independent NFL reporter Joe Goodberry reports.

Analysis: The Bengals gave Bernard a two-year extension in September, but the deal doesn't seem to include any guarantees beyond the initial signing bonus. It's a reasonable contract for a solid backup, except for the fact that Bernard doesn't play special teams and didn't get many touches in 2019 (3.3 carries, 2.7 targets per game). With Joe Mixon capable of handling a three-down workload and presumably angling for a contract extension of his own, the Bengals could opt for the discount route at their No. 2 RB spot, potentially looking to 2019 sixth-round draft picks Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson (knee), or else a 2020 draft pick or a cheaper veteran.

February 5, 2020 6:20 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Closes season on a whimper

Bernard finished the season with a three-carry, four-yard performance in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Bernard saw just 18 offensive snaps, his second least (13, against the Jets in Week 13, also a win). He finished the year with 170 rush yards, along with 30 catches for 234 receiving yards. He did not reach the end zone. His future on the Bengals would be in question but for a two-year contract extension he signed in September 2019.

January 15, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Output defies snap share

Despite getting 51 snaps on offense, good for a 57 percent share, Bernard had just two carries for three yards and two catches for 12 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Joe Mixon came into the game dealing with the stomach flu, suggesting to some that Bernard might get a little more work. But while he was on the field more often, the Bengals still didn't turn to Bernard, whose disappointing season continues.

December 24, 2019 9:20 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Modest output in Week 15

Bernard had five carries for 27 yards along with two catches for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to the Pats.

Analysis: With Joe Mixon playing so well, the opportunities for Bernard to contribute have been few and far between. He still has not scored on the season, nor has he topped 31 rushing or 63 combined yards in a given game this year.

December 17, 2019 10:08 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: 40 percent snap share

Bernard had four carries for 15 yards, and two catches for 31 yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Joe Mixon once again got the lion's share of work at running back, but Bernard was on the field for 30 offensive snaps, good for 40 percent of the offensive snaps. This is about the peak expectation for him, absent a Mixon injury.

December 9, 2019 9:21 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Minimal involvement in win

Bernard rushed once for four yards and caught one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: The 28-year-old played a season-low 13 offensive snaps as Joe Mixon dominated the backfield work with 19 carries and four receptions. Andy Dalton reclaimed the starting job at quarterback and led the Bengals to their first win of the year, but the status quo for Bernard remains unchanged.

December 2, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Three catches

Bernard had three catches for 31 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, but had just one carry that lost a yard in the running game.

Analysis: Bernard was on the field for only 21 snaps, his second-lowest of the season and third-lowest as a percentage of the team's offensive snaps. With Andy Dalton returning for the final five games, there's a smidgen of hope that he'll be more productive, but it's a far cry from his top seasons even with that hope.

November 25, 2019 6:37 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Efficient game

Bernard had three carries for 30 yards and a catch for 16 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: After leaving Week 10 with a knee injury, Bernard was back at full speed this week, playing 33 offensive snaps.

November 19, 2019 6:10 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Not on injury report

Bernard (knee) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Bernard sprained his knee during Sunday's 49-13 loss to the Ravens, with the injury causing him to leave the field for a spell before he ultimately re-entered the game. The 27-year-old's absence from the injury report suggests he's moved past the issue, so expect Bernard to play his usual complementary role behind Joe Mixon in Week 11 against Oakland.

November 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Non-factor in Week 6 loss

Bernard carried four times for a total of four rushing yards, and caught two of three targets for 20 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Game flow worked in favor of the Bengals' veteran passing-downs back, but Bernard still was largely uninvolved out of the backfield. He now has three or fewer targets in five of six games this season, and has only once exceeded 20 receiving yards. In Week 7 he will be facing a Jaguars defense that allowed a combined 10 catches for 70 yards to New Orleans back Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray on Sunday.

October 13, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Gains 26 yards in loss

Bernard ran for 10 yards on two carries and added 16 yards on three catches during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: It was an overall good decent day for the Bengals rushing offense, ranked 31st in the league, but Joe Mixon, with 93 rushing yards, were the prime beneficiary. Twenty-six yards represented Bernard's highest total since Week 1 on a team that continues to struggle to put it together. His pass-catching ability may be a path forward as the Bengals visit Baltimore and the league's 27th-ranked pass defense Sunday.

October 8, 2019 4:21 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Quiet in loss

Bernard rushed once for three yards and caught four of six targets for an additional 16 yards in Monday's loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Bernard saw seven carries in the season opener against Seattle, but he's seen his role decrease ever since, getting six and three carries in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively. The 27-year-old has, however, seen his targets out of the backfield increase, with Sunday's six being a season-high. Bernard also saw 23 offensive snaps (33 percent) in Monday's game.

October 1, 2019 11:39 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Minimal production

Bernard was held to five rushing yards on three carries along with two catches for seven yards in Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Bernard was limited to 26 offensive snaps as Joe Mixon's ankle was fully healed this week. The Bengals' offense was stagnant for entire half, which severely curtailed the number of plays that they ran overall to boot. This level of participation is reminiscent of his usage last season.

September 23, 2019 10:50 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Takes step back against Niners

Bernard ran for six yards on six carries and added a seven-yard reception during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Bernard wasn't great running the ball in relief of Joe Mixon in Week 1's loss to Seattle, but at least made a big catch. There was no such luck Sunday against the 49ers. Through two games Bernard nor Mixon have been able to get the running game going for the Bengals. Week 3 doesn't offer much ease with a matchup against the stingy Bills.

September 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Steps in after Mixon injury

Bernard carried seven times for 21 yards while adding 42 yards on two receptions (three targets) during Sunday's 21-20 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Bernard stepped into a larger role after Joe Mixon (ankle) left with an injury, and while he wasn't particularly effective on the ground, he made quite an impact as a pass-catcher. The extent of Mixon's injury should become more clear in the coming days, with virtually all of Bernard's fantasy value tied to the diagnosis. If his teammate is forced to miss time, Bernard would see a dramatic uptick in fantasy value, beginning as soon as next Sunday against the 49ers at home.

September 8, 2019 9:18 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Signs extension

Bernard is slated to sign to a two-year, $10.3 million extension with the Bengals, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Bernard is thus in the fold with the team through the 2021 season. The 27-year-old brings leadership to the table, as well as the ability to both thrive in a change-of-pace role, as well as step into a more featured role in the event of an injury to starter Joe Mixon.

September 3, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Minimal role Thursday

Though he started Thursday's preseason game against the Giants, Bernard had just three carries for four yards and one reception for six yards.

Analysis: The first-team offense saw limited snaps, but the run game failed to produce much and has struggled all preseason. Bernard will likely sit out the preseason finale against the Colts next week.

August 23, 2019 11:31 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Won't play Saturday

Bernard and Joe Mixon are not in line to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com, Bernard -- who had been nursing minor hamstring injury -- could play in the contest if necessary, but coach Zac Taylor indicated that he plans to sit his top two backs Saturday, so that the team can get a better look at its depth options.

August 8, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Giovani Bernard: Absent from practice

Bernard did not practice Monday due to a minor hamstring injury, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Bernard reportedly felt healthy enough to practice had he been allowed, so his absence appears mostly precautionary. The Bengals appear to be taking a cautious approach to the veteran running back's health. Bernard is entering the final season of a three-year extension with Cincinnati, and appears primed for the No. 2 role behind Joe Mixon. If Bernard were to miss significant time, however, it could open the door for rookie sixth-round pick Trayveon Williams to earn increased reps.

August 5, 2019 2:28 PM EST

Giovani Bernard: Still repping with starters

Bernard shared work with Joe Mixon during the offseason program, Laurel Pfahler of The Dayton Daily News reports.

Analysis: With Bernard entering the final season of a three-year, $15.5 million extension, the Bengals used sixth-round picks on Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson (knee). The 27-year-old may find himself looking for a new home next offseason, but he doesn't appear to have serious competition for the second spot on the depth chart in 2019. Bernard averaged just 2.9 carries and 2.6 receptions in the 10 games both he and Mixon played last season. Each of Bernard's three touchdowns and 130 of his 211 rushing yards occurred in the two games Mixon missed.

June 21, 2019 7:51 AM EST

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