Giovani Bernard RB CIN 1 week ago

Bernard (concussion) is among the Bengals' running backs heading into a contract year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The same applies to Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman, while Jeremy Hill is the only Cincinnati back signed for 2017. With that in mind, it wouldn't surprise us if the team added some running back depth in next week's draft. In any case, Bernard -- who has had plenty of time to bounce back from the concussion he suffered during the NFL playoffs -- is in line to reprise his role working in tandem with Hill, a time-share that favors Hill on early downs and Bernard in passing situations.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard (concussion) exited the Bengals' Wild Card playoff loss to the Steelers with a concussion, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bernard took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier that went unflagged, and that separated the Bengals tailback from the ball after he'd initially notched the reception. The 24-year-old is in the NFL concussion protocol as a result of the blow, and gained 28 yards on six carries before exiting the contest. He also secured two of his four targets for four yards.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard rushed six times for 36 yards and caught one of three targets for 12 receiving yards during Sunday's game against the Ravens.

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Jeremy Hill led the Bengals' backfield once again, rushing 16 times for 96 yards and a touchdown and adding 19 yards through the air. Bernard may grab a goal-line carry here or there, but Hill remains the upside back of the two for fantasy purposes.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard caught four passes off of five targets for 29 yards and added 14 rushing yards on eight carries in Monday's loss to the Broncos.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In AJ McCarron's two starts, both Bernard and Jeremy Hill have seen an uptick in touches, however Hill's has been more pronounced. Through the first 13 weeks of the season, Bernard averaged 12.8 touches per game, but is up to 15 per game with McCarron under center. Hill has seen his weekly touches spike from 13.8 to 20. More importantly, Hill has found the end zone twice during that brief span while Bernard is sporting a nine-game scoreless streak. With the Bengals in a must-win situation and McCarron dinged up, expect Cincinnati to continue to lean toward Hill's bruising style.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 months ago

Bernard started Sunday's win at San Francisco, rushing for 33 yards on 14 carries, while catching all four of his targets for 18 yards.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bernard had a 14-yard catch at one point, but wasn't able to do much otherwise. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hill was also held in check as a runner, but was able to score a pair of short touchdowns. The versatile Bernard has really seen his carries drop as of late, with just two games of 10+ carries over the last nine contests. Contrast that to the first five games of the season, when the third-year RB saw double-digit carries four times. He's still a major weapon as a receiver, although he's been quiet in that area too, since his eight-catch, 128-yard explosion at Arizona in Week 11. Unfortunately, he and the Bengals' rushing attack won't find things easier next week at Denver.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago

Bernard rushed for 40 yards on six carries and added three catches off of five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bernard saw fewer than 10 touches just twice in the season's first 11 games, but has since been held in single digits back-to-back weeks. Bernard's value depends on touches and amassing consistent yardage given his seven-game scoreless streak. Despite going three games without topping 70 yards, there is hope for Bernard. With starting quarterback Andy Dalton out for at least a week with a broken hand, expect the Bengals to lean on its two-headed backfield of Bernard and Jeremy Hill to ease the pressure off of A.J. McCarron

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago9 Comments

Bernard ran the ball five times for 26 yards and added a nine-yard catch in Sunday's win over Cleveland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bernard was somewhat surprisingly targeted just once on Sunday, despite tight end Tyler Eifert missing from the lineup. Bernard tallied more total yardage than his counterpart, Jeremy Hill, in each of the Bengals' first 10 games. Hill has now topped Bernard in Cincinnati's past two games, however, a trend that may continue during the season's final four weeks as the approaching cold weather favors Hill's bruising style. Last season, Bernard played in 13 games. During the first nine, Bernard averaged just shy of 18 touches per game, an average that went down to 12.5 in the season's final four weeks. Hill, on the other hand, saw his touches increase from 13.75 during the season's first 12 games to 21 in the final four. If history repeats itself, Bernard will need to do more with less to keep his numbers up.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago

Bernard caught two passes off of three targets for 51 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams. He added 16 yards on the ground off of 10 carries.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bernard topped 40 yards receiving for the third consecutive week. Despite entering the season as the Robin to Jeremy Hill's Batman, Bernard's skills as a receiver have led to him topping Hill's total of touches thus far this season, 151 to 149. He also leads Hill in yards from scrimmage, 958 to 544. Hill's one advantage has come on trips to the end zone, where he leads Bernard eight to two. Depending on the state of Hill's ankle, an injury he left Sunday's game with, Bernard may see a few more end zone looks next week.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 5 months ago1 Comment

Bernard gained 128 yards on eight receptions (10 targets) and 18 yards on six carries in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Bengals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jeremy Hill had 13 carries for 45 yards and two short touchdowns, but it was Bernard who picked up first downs and broke off long gains. Bernard was tackled inside the five-yard line twice, setting up short scores for Hill and Tyler Eifert. Though he still only has two touchdowns on the season, Bernard has gained 60+ total yards in all but one game, and he's averaging over 90 yards per game. He'll face a tough St. Louis defense in Week 12.

Giovani Bernard RB CIN 6 months ago

Bernard rushed eight times for 36 yards and caught five passes (on eight targets) for 43 yards in Monday night's loss to the Texans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bernard's 36 rushing yards marked a game-high, evidencing the struggles both teams endured on the ground Monday night. Fortunately for Bernard's fantasy owners, he was able to salvage some production in the passing game, where his 43 yards actually set a season-high. In Week 11, Bernard and the Bengals have a tough road matchup against the Cardinals.