Giovani Bernard

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #25
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #25
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Giovani Bernard News

17 all-purpose yards in win

Bernard rushed once for three yards, brought in one of two targets for seven yards and returned two punts for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Bernard played just seven snaps from scrimmage despite Ronald Jones' early exit from the contest with an illness. The veteran back also filled in as the primary returner with Jaelon Darden (concussion) out of action, and although he didn't get any kickoff return opportunities, he did run back the pair of punts. Bernard could continue pulling double duty if Darden is unable to suit up for the Week 14 showdown against the Bills.

Dec 6, 2021 6:35 PM EST

Reduced to special-teams work

Bernard did not log a carry or target on his one offensive snap during Sunday's 38-31 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Bernard did log 16 special-teams snaps, but he went without a touch from scrimmage for the first time all season. However, with primary returner Jaelon Darden having suffered a concussion Sunday and Bernard having some kick-return experience, it's possible he's called up in that capacity during a Week 13 road matchup versus the Falcons.

Nov 29, 2021 9:31 PM EST

One catch in win

Bernard did not log a rush attempt, secured his only target for three yards and returned one kickoff for 18 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Analysis: Bernard logged a return opportunity for the second straight game and played six special-teams snaps overall alongside eight plays from scrimmage. The veteran back has at least one reception in every game this season but has now failed to log a rush attempt in three of the past five contests, leaving him as only a longshot fantasy option in very deep formats.

Nov 23, 2021 9:21 PM EST

Minimal role in loss

Bernard rushed once for four yards, secured one of three targets for four yards and ran back one kickoff for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran back had a very modest role despite game script seemingly setting up well for his passing-down skills. Bernard did log 14 snaps from scrimmage (29%) and essentially functioned as Leonard Fournette's backup over Ronald Jones, who saw all of one snap. Whether that arrangement persists in a Week 11 Monday night home contest against the Giants remains to be seen.

Nov 15, 2021 9:46 PM EST

Records receiving TD

Bernard rushed twice for 30 yards and brought in his only target for a seven-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran back ended up with the unlikely distinction of pacing the Buccaneers in rushing yards on a day when the team was eventually forced to take a pass-heavy approach. Bernard's seven-yard touchdown grab on a slant in the latter portion of the third quarter served as his third trip to the end zone through the air this season as well, and that receiving role continues to give him at least a smidgen of fantasy value in deep PPR formats. The atypical rushing yardage tally should be viewed in a different context, however, as Bernard's pair of totes Sunday were only his fifth and sixth all season.

Nov 1, 2021 5:12 AM EST

Another two grabs Sunday

Bernard brought in two of three targets for five yards in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: Bernard logged 11 snaps from scrimmage overall, just three more than Ke'Shawn Vaughn, with the Buccaneers giving the second-year man some work in the rout as well. With Tampa Bay already up 35-3 at halftime, Bernard's hurry-up/two-minute role wasn't in demand whatsoever, helping lead to another modest showing for the veteran. The 29-year-old's opportunities are too sporadic to make him a fantasy consideration in any format at the moment.

Oct 25, 2021 7:38 PM EST

Pair of catches in win

Bernard brought in both targets for four yards and did not log a carry during the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran had a busy day by his standards five days prior in the Week 5 win against the Dolphins with six total touches and a receiving touchdown, but Bernard's role was much more modest Thursday. The 29-year-old logged just 12 snaps from scrimmage, and his role is volatile enough from game to game that he essentially remains off the fantasy radar.

Oct 16, 2021 11:14 AM EST

Gets into end zone as receiver

Bernard (knee) rushed four times for 21 yards and secured both targets for 14 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 45-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Bernard logged just one fewer carry than Ronald Jones and recorded his second touchdown of the season when he secured a 10-yard throw from Tom Brady in the first quarter for Tampa Bay's first points of the game. The veteran running back appears to have made a quick recovery from the MCL sprain he suffered in Week 3 against the Rams, and he could potentially begin pushing Jones for work moving forward if Sunday's narrow division of labor between the two is indicative of a long-term trend.

Oct 11, 2021 9:44 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Bernard (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Bernard is available again after missing just one game due to an MCL sprain. In three contests prior to sitting out Week 4, he racked up 13 catches (on 15 targets) for 79 yards and one touchdown. Coach Bruce Arians has primarily been riding Leonard Fournette out of the backfield this season, but Bernard's change-of-pace duties still should be available to him Sunday, while Ronald Jones is on hand to spell Fournette on early downs.

Oct 10, 2021 8:40 AM EST

Returns to full practice

Bernard (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Miami, though he upgraded to full practice participation Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians said Bernard looked good in practice this week, presumably setting the stage for a return after missing just one game. With the veteran third-down back out with an MCL sprain last week, Leonard Fournette took on 82 percent snap share, 20 carries and five targets in a win over the Patriots. While he still figures to be the lead runner, Fournette's snap share and target volume likely will suffer if Bernard is active ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Oct 8, 2021 12:09 PM EST

Maintains limited practice activity

Bernard (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out the Week 4 win over the Patriots with an MCL sprain, Bernard has kicked off Week 5 prep with back-to-back limited showings in practice. He may need to upgrade to full activity Friday to avoid taking a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Dolphins. If the Buccaneers elect to hold Bernard out for another week, Leonard Fournette would have a clear path to a passing-down role for the second straight game.

Oct 7, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Back to limited practice

Bernard (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Bernard sustained an MCL sprain near the end of the Buccaneers' Week 3 road loss to the Rams and sat out this past Sunday at New England. By appearing at Wednesday's practice, he's back on the field for the first time since Week 3 prep and may be setting himself up to return this weekend. Still, Bernard likely needs to get through Friday unscathed to have a chance to suit up Sunday against the Dolphins.

Oct 6, 2021 2:15 PM EST

Out for Brady reunion

Bernard (knee) will not play Sunday against the Patriots, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Bernard had his first big game as a Buc last week but suffered an MCL sprain in the process. With no other passing-down specialist on the roster, Leonard Fournette is the favorite to handle third downs and the two-minute drill Sunday night at New England.

Oct 1, 2021 9:34 AM EST

Absent for another practice

Bernard (knee) isn't present for Thursday's practice and will go down on the injury report as a non-participant, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With consecutive absences at practice to begin Week 4 prep, Bernard looks like far from a lock to suit up Sunday at New England while he works back from what's described as a minor MCL sprain of his knee. Should Bernard sit out against the Patriots, Leonard Fournette could be in store for a larger share of the passing-down work.

Sep 30, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Misses practice

Bernard (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Bernard is considered day-to-day with a minor MCL sprain after catching nine passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He didn't do much Weeks 1 and 2, and he'll likely have a smaller role if he suits up Sunday night, as the Bucs aren't likely to fall behind by three scores against New England.

Sep 29, 2021 9:43 AM EST

Day-to-day with MCL sprain

Bernard is considered day-to-day after suffering a slight MCL sprain during Sunday's road loss to the Rams, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Bernard earned far more offensive snaps (33 of 73) than Leonard Fournette (26) and Ronald Jones (12), likely due to the Buccaneers playing most of the game in catch-up mode. Fournette and Jones continued to handle all the RB work (nine total carries), with the former corralling all three of his targets, but Bernard had more touches than both backs en route to nine catches (on 10 targets) for 51 yards and one TD. Bernard took a shot to his knee as he tumbled into the end zone on the Bucs' final play on offense, but fortunately for the ninth-year pro he was a chance to miss no time due to the injury.

Sep 27, 2021 7:02 PM EST

Benefits from game script

Bernard recorded nine receptions on 10 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones continued to account for the majority of the rushing game for Tampa Bay, as Bernard failed to record a single carry. However, Bernard was the primary back on the field as the Buccaneers attempted to work back from a double-digit deficit, which allowed him to tie for the team lead in targets. In contrast, Bernard entered the game having recorded only four total receptions for 28 yards across the team's first two games. Heading into a Week 4 matchup against New England, it's likely that Bernard will see his role decrease once again.

Sep 26, 2021 7:56 PM EST

Another two catches Sunday

Bernard did not record a carry but secured both targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Bernard wasn't called upon in the running game for the second time in as many contests to open the season, but he once again filled a modest role as a third-down/two-minute back over six snaps from scrimmage. The veteran is likely to furnish many similar stat lines to those of his first two games as long as the starting duo of Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones remain healthy.

Sep 22, 2021 10:28 PM EST

Pair of grabs in opener

Bernard did not record a carry but brought in two of three targets for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran filled the role he was brought in for right from the jump, operating in the two-minute offense and kicking off the Buccaneers' game-winning drive with receptions on two of the first three plays. Those would constitute Bernard's only touches of the night, and on weeks when game script doesn't tilt so heavily toward the pass, he may also see a handful of carries sprinkled in on top of his receiving work. However, Bernard's opportunities on early downs project to be very limited, with Carmen Vitali of the team's official site relaying that head coach Bruce Arians called Bernard "our third down back, our two-minute back" in postgame comments.

Sep 10, 2021 8:35 PM EST

Logs full practice Monday

Bernard (ankle) practiced fully Monday.

Analysis: Bernard missed some recent practices with what was termed a mild high-ankle sprain, but there was an expectation that he'd be able to suit up Week 1. Indeed, with a full session under his belt, he's poised to be out there Thursday against the Cowboys in a change-of-pace role behind the Buccaneers' top two running backs Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones.

Sep 6, 2021 2:01 PM EST

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