Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard had 10 carries for 52 yards along with six receptions for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

With Joe Mixon back in action, Bernard had to relinquish a lot of snaps early on in the game, but took over on passing downs, especially late in the game. This game was a potentially good preview of how he and Mixon will operate together next season. After being a forgotten asset early on, Bernard rallied to have a productive final five weeks of the season. He ended with 458 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He also once again was productive in the passing game with 43 receptions for 389 yards and two more touchdowns.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

While Joe Mixon (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens if he incurs no setbacks during pregame warmups, Bernard appears positioned to see the bulk of the carries during the contest, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marginalized in the Cincinnati offense for much of the season, Bernard has come on strong over the Bengals' last four games while Mixon has been limited to just 24 snaps during that span due to a concussion and the ankle issue. Mixon was able to practice on a limited basis this week and plans to go through pregame warmups, but since it sounds like he's not quite 100 percent, the Bengals seem inclined to err on the side of caution and limit his workload. That leaves Bernard with unfettered access to the leading role, though he'll be hard pressed to replicate his success from the past few weeks against a stout Ravens defense that has allowed more than 100 rushing yards just once in its last eight games.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard is expected to act as the Bengals' lead back Sunday against the Ravens with Joe Mixon (ankle) not expected to play, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Marginalized in the Cincinnati offense for much of the season, Bernard has come on strong over the Bengals' last four games while Mixon has been limited to just 24 snaps during that span due to a concussion and the ankle issue. Mixon was able to practice on a limited basis this week and plans to go through pregame warmups, but since it sounds like he's not quite 100 percent, the Bengals seem inclined to err on the side of caution and hold him out. That leaves Bernard with unfettered access to the leading role, though he'll be hard pressed to replicate his success from the past few weeks against a stout Ravens defense that has allowed more than 100 rushing yards just once in its last eight games.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Ravens after practicing fully Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Joe Mixon (ankle) is listed as questionable for the game after practicing in a limited fashion the last two days. If Mixon is able to suit up Sunday, Bernard, who logged 168 yards from scrimmage in Week 16, would move back into a time-share, but either way, he should see enough touches to merit Week 17 fantasy consideration, more so if Mixon is held out.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard (ankle) was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

While earlier reports suggested Bernard would be a limited participant during the Bengals' first practice of the week Wednesday, he was actually listed as a non-participant in the session. The limited showing Thursday implies the ankle issue isn't a major concern, but Bernard may need to practice fully Friday to avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend. More significant than Bernard's health is that of backfield mate Joe Mixon (ankle), who was also limited Thursday. If Mixon is unable to suit up in the season finale against the Ravens, Bernard, who tallied 168 yards from scrimmage in the Week 16 win over Detroit, would have the lead-back duties all to himself.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard was limited at practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Bernard's reps were managed carefully during the Bengals' first practice of the week, he still saw more involvement than his main competition in the backfield, Joe Mixon (ankle), who didn't participate in any capacity. The health of both runners is worth monitoring throughout the week, but if Mixon is unable to play in the season finale Sunday against the Ravens, Bernard would act as the team's undisputed lead back. Bernard submitted his best outing of the season in the Week 16 upset win over the Lions, generating 168 yards from scrimmage and scoring a touchdown.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard carried 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's game against the Lions. He also caught seven passes for an additional 52 yards in the 26-17 win.

EDGE Analysis

Thrust into a larger role after Joe Mixon (ankle) left due to injury, Bernard responded with a career-high 168 yards from scrimmage. He helped the offense churn out first downs with tough runs and was rewarded with a 12-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. With nothing to play for, it seems likely that Mixon will be held out of next week's game against the Ravens, meaning Bernard should have another chance to shine, albeit in a difficult matchup.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard will revert to a reserve role Sunday against the Lions due to Joe Mixon's (concussion) return to action.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard took the reins of the rushing attack during Mixon's two-game absence, turning 25 carries into 92 yards and one touchdown. In addition to the contribution on the ground, Bernard chipped in nine receptions (on 13 targets) for 81 more yards. With Mixon's concussion behind him, Bernard likely will revert to his workload prior to Week 13, a span in which he averaged 4.8 touches and 30.9 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring two TDs in 11 contests.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard rushed 14 times for 30 yards and a touchdown while turning five targets into three catches for 13 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss at Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

Bernard's garbage-time, two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter rescued his fantasy day in what was otherwise an embarrassing performance for Cincinnati's offense on the whole. The shifty veteran's been a strong late-season find as the starter in Joe Mixon's (concussion) absence, but the rushing touchdown was his first of the season. Bernard has two receiving scores this year as well.

Giovani Bernard
RB CIN (9)
5 months ago

Bernard is expected to serve as the Bengals' lead back in Sunday's game against the Vikings with Joe Mixon (concussion) ruled out, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Mixon sat out last week's loss to the Bears and missed most of the Bengals' loss to the Steelers in Week 13 with the head injury, Bernard has seen a steep uptick in snaps and touches and has made the most of the extra work. In those contests, he's gained 139 yards on 24 carries while adding eight receptions for 87 yards, though he failed to find the end zone in either game. The matchup against the Vikings' stout run defense isn't a favorable one for Bernard, but because neither of his backups (Brian Hill and Jarveon Williams) represent serious threats to his workload, he'll likely enjoy another sizable three-down workload.