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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:20:34 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill could split carries with RB Giovani Bernard this upcoming season and receive over 200 carries, in the opinion of Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Hill will have a solid role in the offense even though he will not be a starter. Most owners should view Hill as more of No. 4 running back with upside entering drafts, but Hill will have more value than just a handcuff to Bernard.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:45:10 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to be utilized early and often in 2014. One beat writer expects 230 carries and 70 receptions.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard is a good RB2 in standard formats and could creep into RB1 status in PPR leagues.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:32:43 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson believes Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants to have a more ball-possession offense that runs it more but sets up more explosive passes efficiently. That would mean fewer pass plays, but more potential big plays off of play-action.
Fantasy Tip: Giovani Bernard is going to have to prove that he can run the ball effectively 15-20 times in order for the play-action to work. Jeremy Hill will also be a factor in third-and-short situations that could free up A.J. Green and Marvin Jones downfield. Andy Dalton looks to be in optimal fantasy position this year in his contract year as a low-range QB1.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:04:20 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals are playing with the idea of using RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill on the field at the same time. Both running backs have good hands out of the backfield and will present defenses with problems.
Tue, 27 May 2014 07:02:43 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals like the way RB Jeremy Hill ran against eight- and nine-man boxes in college. He'll complement Giovani Bernard in that regard.
Fantasy Tip: Hill is a nice late-round flier and could make an impact in TD-heavy leagues.
Sat, 24 May 2014 20:33:07 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to see more time in the slot this season following the departure of WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns). Bernard could also be flanked out wide on occasion, tossing a screen to him while pulling a guard or tackle to create a nightmare scenario for a defensive back trying to find the elusive back behind a big body.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard should be a beast in points-per-receptions (PPR) leagues for fantasy owners, and if veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis is jettisoned, Bernard could flirt with 1,000 rushing yards. He'll be a tremendous RB1 in PPR leagues, and a solid RB2 or flex play in standard formats.
Thu, 22 May 2014 17:40:22 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Kyle Caskey indicated the team would like to get RB Giovani Bernard more involved in the passing game this upcoming season. "We want to do more with him because he can do that," 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 [Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush] where you have to be aware at all times."
Fantasy Tip: It appears Bernard will have a big role in the offense in 2014, which will increase his fantasy value. He should be considered a starting running back in all fantasy leagues this upcoming season.
Thu, 22 May 2014 14:38:38 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants to implement an up-tempo offense and intends to be heavily committed to the running game to set up the pass. Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth said the team is planning to get as many snaps in as they can.
Fantasy Tip: A more conservative offensive approach will improve the value of Cincy's running backs, with Giovani Bernard standing to have the best fantasy season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis shouldn't be written off just yet, since rookie Jeremy Hill having a fantasy-worthy role isn't a lock. Andy Dalton should become more efficient, but that isn't necessarily a good thing for fantasy value. Ultimately, WR A.J. Green remains the only weapon with consistent appeal.
Mon, 19 May 2014 13:01:21 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard appears to be the favorite for the starting running back job at this point.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Bernard is not the starting running back this season, he will still have fantasy value since he has a big role in the offense. Bernard should be a starting running back in all leagues and likely will be an early round draft choice.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:51:20 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to receive around 300 touches on offense next season.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard had a terrific rookie season and likely will be getting more involved in the offense. Bernard should be seen as a starting running back in all leagues next season and could also be a first-round pick in some leagues.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:30:18 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he doesn't expect to increase the workload of RB Giovani Bernard in his second season, saying Bernard's touches were basically maxed out.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:12:59 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard said he expects a wild playbook from new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in 2014. "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 said. "We 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." Jackson is expected to move the Bengals to a more ground-and-pound offensive approach including Bernard and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:30:05 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard had 118 scrimmage yards. His 73 receiving yards were a season-high and it was the fourth time this season he has gone over 100 yards in a game this season. Bernard also committed a costly fumble late in the first half of his team's 27-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Jan. 5.
Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:26:55 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could be a bigger part of the passing game Week 17 if TEs Tyler Eifert (neck) and Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) are not able to play.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:45:05 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RBs Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard are the first Bengals duo to run for over 600 yards each since 1988, when Ickey Woods and James Brooks helped power Cincinnati to its second Super Bowl. Only once since 1992 have the Bengals had two backs with 160 carries or more in a season, but Green-Ellis and Bernard are on pace to join Kenny Watson and Rudi Johnson as the second duo to accomplish it. In 2007, Watson had 178 carries to Johnson's 170.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:23:32 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard finished with 99 yards on 12 carries in the Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts, just missing his first career 100-yard game. He also added 49 yards on four receptions.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard has emerged as a tremendous RB2 or flex fantasy option, especially in points-per-reception (PPR) formats.
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:46:15 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (rib) left the Week 11 game with a rib injury and is expected to return.
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:43:09 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) is active for the team's Week 10 game.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should not have any problem putting Bernard in their starting lineup this week.
Sun, 10 Nov 2013 06:34:44 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) is expected to play in the team's Week 10 game.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:54:04 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens defense are readying for Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard, and they know the dangerous running back can transform a football game into an elaborate game of tag, eluding defenders with his unique set of cuts and moves. "He's almost like a punt returner that's playing running back," Ravens DE Chris Canty said Friday, Nov. 8. "He's a jitterbug. He gets in and out of cuts very quickly. He can accelerate very quickly He gets into those small holes."
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:18:06 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is questionable for Week 10.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard should be OK for the team's Week 10 game, but double check his status on game day just to be sure. He is an intriguing option when healthy that has seen his value increase as the season has gone on.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:57:25 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wants to limit RB Giovani Bernard's workload in the second half of the season in order to keep him fresh and healthy. In the last four games, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 60 touches to 52 for Bernard. "To say we're going to give the ball to Gio 25 times each week is kind of unrealistic," Gruden said. "He needs spelling. He needs a bigger back in there like BenJarvus to take 10, 12, 15 carries a game."
Fantasy Tip: Expect the status quo to continue in Cincy as far as touches are split between these two backs. Bernard's currrent workload is enough to make him fantasy-relevant on a weekly basis, but don't expect him to become the bell-cow running back suddenly over the Law Firm.
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:56:12 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:45:20 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard should be fine for the Week 10 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, and his touches could easily increase in the second half of the season. He's a solid No. 2 RB and gains allure in point-per-reception formats.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:25:44 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) is participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:26:55 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he does not expect RB Giovani Bernard (rib) to miss much time after suffering a rib injury during the team's Week 9 game.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:23:12 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) suffered bruised ribs in the fourth quarter of the team's game Thursday, Oct. 31, but the injury isn't believed to be serious.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard has extra time to heal before Week 10, so he should be good to go. Keep track of his status during practice next week.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:18:59 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (rib) left the team's Week 9 game because of a rib injury and is considered questionable to return.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:27:34 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Fantasy Tip: This appears to be a new injury for the Law Firm, but one that probably isn't very serious. Still, this doesn't help his cause, as Giovani Bernard is expected to start cutting into his share of the workload more often as the season progresses.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:01:03 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 10 rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown in Week 3, while RB Giovani Bernard had 10 carries for 50 yards and a score. Bernard also pitched in four catches for 49 yards.
Fantasy Tip: We feel Bernard elevated himself even more in Week 3, and he has proven to be more effective than Green-Ellis. Bernard has the edge right now in fantasy value. Green-Ellis will still get looks, but his grip on the featured role has vanished.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:18:50 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) fully practiced Friday, Sept. 20, and is probable for Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: Nothing suggests this issue will slow down Bernard in Week 3, but check back on game day just to be sure.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 06:49:53 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard's role is expected to grow in the offense. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis should be closer to a 50-50 split in the coming weeks. Gruden feels more comfortable opening the playbook more now that he knows Bernard can handle pass protection.
Fantasy Tip: We alluded to this earlier in the week, and it looks like Green-Ellis' stock is decreasing. Bernard should be owned in most formats, and he could potentially take over as the featured back before the season ends.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:39:27 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 19.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 06:17:59 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard had eight rushes for 38 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 27-yard reception in Week 2.
Fantasy Tip: We could start to see Bernard take more action away from BenJarvus Green-Ellis. BGE ran 22 times for 75 yards in Week 2 after amassing 25 yards in Week 1. Bernard is simply too dynamic for the team to ignore at this point.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:16:07 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard said he was unhappy with the way he played in the first preseason game and is looking to improve his game. "I wanted to do a little bit more," Bernard said. "I wanted to be a little bit more productive with the amount of touches that I had. For me, I just want to be able to kind of do everything on the field. I did miss a blitz pickup. That's the only thing really going through my mind. I'll get better at it. It's a day by day kind of process." Bernard rushed for 28 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 16 yards in the game.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:48:55 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) dressed for practice Wednesday, July 31, but he did not participate due to a hamstring injury.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:47:45 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden hinted before training camp that there might be an equal distribution of carries between RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard, but that is unlikely to happen. The team has been impressed by Bernard, but they're not ready to reduce Green-Ellis' role.
Fantasy Tip: Green-Ellis averaged 92.8 rushing yards per game over the final six regular season games in 2012, and they plan to use him as their closer in games. The plan is contingent upon Bernard producing big plays, especially in the passing game, keeping Green-Ellis fresh for later in contests.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:23:53 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden indicated RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard could evenly split carries this season. The team likes Bernard's ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
Fantasy Tip: Green-Ellis got nearly 75 percent of the carries last season but the team is looking for more of a committee approach at running back. Green-Ellis and Bernard should be seen as No. 3 fantasy running backs, but Bernard could have more upside.
Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:07:49 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson said he believes RB Giovani Bernard can become an every down player in the NFL. "Having evaluated him and watched every game he played this year and had a chance to work him out, and having spent a lot of time with him, he has that skill set where I think he could play and be an every down player," Jackson said.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:40:22 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson preferred RB Giovani Bernard over RBs Le'Veon Bell, Montee Ball and Eddie Lacy in this year's draft because of Bernard's speed and versatility. Bernard was used as a wide receiver in spring practices, in addition to his rushing duties. "He's so natural catching the ball. He can catch it like a receiver," Jackson said. "I knew he could catch it really well, but I wouldn't be surprised if he could go out there and line up outside and catch balls like some other guys can because he has that skill set."
Fantasy Tip: Bernard is an intriguing fantasy football rookie, and he should steal a decent amount of touches away from BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a change-of-pace back in Cincy's explosive offense. He's worthy of a late-round flier pick as a handcuff to the Law Firm, and Bernard should retain more value in point-per-reception leagues.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:53:45 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals targeted running backs on passing plays only 57 times last season, which was the third lowest total in the NFL. The team also did not have a running back make a reception of at least 20 yards in 2012. The team selected RB Giovani Bernard in the draft to help out in the passing game.
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 08:25:29 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals would like to get the ball into RB Giovani Bernard's hands this season so he can make big plays. The team has been working on screen passes with Bernard during organized team activities.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:13:49 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden thinks the offense is due to make big improvements in the right direction this year after the team drafted TE Tyler Eifert and RB Giovani Bernard. Gruden has been pleased with the way the players have adjusted and adapted to his installation of a new offense during organized team activities. He's also happy with increased repetitions for QB Andy Dalton and the improvements of the skill players. "The thing about our offense is they came back and are willing to work hard, they are all unselfish and have a great understanding of what it is going to take for us to get to the next level," Gruden said. The offense has run some no-huddle plays this week and Dalton likes the look it gives the team.
Fantasy Tip: We have high hopes, as do most people, for the Bengals offense this season in Dalton's third year. A.J. Green has plenty of help in the receiving game, and the running game has some nice depth. Dalton could be a very capable fantasy backup QB with the potential to perform as a No. 1 many weeks.
Thu, 23 May 2013 07:30:45 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals signed second-round pick RB Giovani Bernard to a four-year deal.
Wed, 15 May 2013 16:04:03 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to play a key role in the team's offense this year, and he said he's excited to share the backfield with RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. "I think it's more so a complementary kind of thing," Bernard said. "I think we are both going to help each other out. I definitely had a chance to talk to him, and he's the leader of that pack, he's the leader of the guys. I'm going to be following his footsteps, so I'm going to do whatever I can to help him. He's going to help me."
Fantasy Tip: Expect both Bernard and Green-Ellis to compete for the primary role in training camp. How much Bernard plays in his rookie season will likely depend on how well he can pass protect. If he earns significant carries, he could be an RB4 in an offense that should be plenty explosive through the air, which will open up running lanes inside.
Mon, 06 May 2013 05:11:06 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is expected to see the most carries this season. It would also be a surprise if both RBs Bernard Scott and Giovani Bernard made the team.
Sun, 05 May 2013 11:12:06 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said RBs Giovani Bernard and Rex Burkhead will be candidates for the third-down running back role because both are good in the passing game.
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:56:10 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals selected North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard with the 37th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: Bernard is very versatile and quick out of the backield. The Bengals could use him in special teams and as a pass-catcher coming out of the backfield. He'll probably be a little bit more valuable in point-per-reception formats.
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:53:24 -0700
The Miami Dolphins have shown interest in North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard, OG Jonathan Cooper, OG Travis Bond, OT Brennan Williams and DT Sylvester Williams.
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:48:23 -0700
The Cincinnati Bengals met with North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard this week. Bernard could be an option for one of the Bengals' two second-round draft choices.