Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard carried three times for six yards and caught eight passes for 46 yards in Sunday's 26-10 playoff loss to the Colts.

Meanwhile, fellow RB Jeremy Hill rushed 13 times for 47 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Looking ahead to 2015, the two will combo up again in the Cincinnati backfield, with Hill a candidate to see a bigger chunk of the carries, while Bernard sees plenty of action in the team's passing game.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard caught 7-of-8 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown, adding eight yards on three carries, in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Steelers.

Bernard took the snaps in obvious passing situations, while Jeremy Hill finished with 100 yards on 23 carries, adding two receptions for 10 yards on three targets. Hill's continued domination of the carries leaves Bernard with a modest weekly ceiling, but the Bengals clearly strive to have both running backs heavily involved. If A.J. Green (concussion) can't play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Colts, Bernard could get some extra targets.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard caught 5-of-5 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown, adding eight carries for 36 yards, in Monday's 37-28 win over the Broncos.

Bernard's highlight came on a short drag route in the third quarter, when he turned on the jets and threw a nice stiff arm to convert a third-and-five for a 22-yard touchdown. He was still overshadowed by Jeremy Hill, who piled up 22 carries for 147 yards, on the strength of an impressive 85-yard touchdown. With A.J. Green severely limited by a bruised biceps, Jermaine Gresham (11) and Bernard (five) accounted for 16 targets on Andy Dalton's 26 pass attempts. Given Mohamed Sanu's complete disappearance since mid-season, Bernard could have a similarly crucial role in the passing game for Week 17 against the Steelers, if Green is unable to play. Hill figures to handle most of the carries, putting somewhat of a cap on Bernard's ceiling.

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Bernard had just 28 snaps in the Bengals' win over the Browns last week, 19 fewer than teammate Jeremy Hill, ESPN.com reports.

Part of Bernard's low snap count can be attributed the big lead that the Bengals had, but also to how well Hill was running.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard had 15 carries for 79 yards and three catches for 24 yards in Sunday's 30-0 victory over the Browns.

Bernard's 103 total yards completely flew under the radar thanks to Jeremy Hill's outstanding day. Even with Hill gobbling up 25 carries, there was still enough leftover work for Bernard to be successful. There are plenty of carries to spread around against a team like Cleveland (the Bengals had 45 rushing attempts Sunday), but that won't be the case the next time out, when the Bengals take on Denver next Monday night. The Broncos rank second against the run, and with Hill seemingly entrenched as Cincinnati's favored back, Bernard is a high-risk play for Week 16.

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Bernard had six carries for 17 rushing yards and three catches on five targets for 19 receiving yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Bernard finished with two fewer carries than Jeremy Hill, though the latter rushed for 46 yards, while also adding 21 receiving yards on three catches. The good news is that the Bengals will face the Browns in Week 15, a team that is allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game this season, but the bad news is that he'll continue to play behind Hill, which is the biggest detriment to his fantasy upside.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago

Bernard had 10 carries for a team-high 49 rushing yards and one catch on one target for four receiving yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Jeremy Hill started once again, though he racked up only 52 yards on 17 total touches (13 carries, four receptions). Neither back made much of a difference, and they appear to be in a timeshare, which limits their respective upsides. Up next is a Week 14 matchup against a Steelers defense that allowed 122 rushing yards to Mark Ingram on Sunday.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago

Bernard (hip/clavicle) had 17 carries for 45 rushing yards and two catches on three targets for 22 receiving yards Sunday against the Texans.

Playing in his first game since Week 8 against the Ravens, Bernard finished with one fewer carry than Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown, a two-yard run in the third quarter. With the way that Hill played while Bernard was sidelined, it wouldn't be surprising if the backfield turned a bit into a timeshare, which certainly will limit the upside of both backs. Up next is a Week 13 matchup against a Buccaneers defense allowing the 11th-most rushing yards per game this season.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago

Bernard (hip/clavicle), who is active for Sunday's game against the Texans, is listed as the starter, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

We're passing the news along, but we don't believe this information really means anything as far as Bernard's workload is concerned. He is still going to share time with Jeremy Hill, and may even see fewer touches than Hill as the Bengals ease him back into action.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago

Bernard (hip/clavicle) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

With Jeremy Hill running so well in Bernard's absence and Bernard still not fully healthy, the Bengals seem likely to ease their regular starter back into action, possibly employing some sort of timeshare against the Texans. It's not an ideal situation for owners of either back, but it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't start Bernard. Simply be aware of the fact that he might share a big chunk of the workload with Hill.