RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals
|5-9, 202||Born: 11-22-1991||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 11 vs BUF (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
In the final minute of the game, Bernard suffered a torn left ACL. He will require surgery and is out for the remainder of the 2016 season. Bernard signed a long-term extension with the Bengals during training camp and will be back next season. He faces an uphill battle to return early next fall and may be a candidate to start 2017 on the PUP list.
2016 Week 10 vs NYG (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Bernard had a rough game. He dropped a short pass from Dalton early and had a couple solid rushing gains called back due to penalty. A 10-yard gain on a sweep after lining up at receiver and coming into motion after the snap was called back due to holding. Bernard also had some shaky moments in pass protection. He was called for holding to negate a long run from Dalton that would have kept the chains moving.
2016 Week 8 vs WAS (11 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
After Hill carried the Bengals into the red zone with some tough interior running, Bernard came in and picked up five yards on an interior carry. The Bengals went back to Bernard on a delayed handoff and he was able to bounce it outside and power across the goal line for an 8-yard touchdown. Bernard had a 29-yard catch on a misdirection play that allowed him to slip out of the backfield. He fumbled at the end of the play when Josh Norman punched the ball out, but Bernard was saved by a defensive holding penalty away from the ball that nullified the turnover. Bernard had just one other catch in the game and may be slightly less involved as a receiver with Eifert back to give the Bengals a true #2 weapon in the passing game.
2016 Week 7 vs CLE (17 / 80 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
After a long Jeremy Hill run set the Bengals up with a first down at the 5-yard line, Bernard came in to finish the opening drive off. He took the zone read handoff running right and was able to go untouched into the end zone. Bernard was involved throughout, but his usage really picked up after Jeremy Hill was injured early in the fourth quarter. Eight of Bernard's runs came after Hill left with his injury with the Bengals trying to bleed the clock and protect the lead.
2016 Week 6 vs NE (15 / 49 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Bernard topped 90 combined rushing/receiving yards for the fourth time in six games. He also had five goal-to-go touches, but was unable to find the end zone. Bernard out-touched Jeremy Hill (19 to 14) for the second straight week. He also out-snapped Hill 45 to 21. The increased playing time for Bernard has been due to two factors. First, Hill took a big hit in Week 4 and has been nursing a sore chest and shoulder. Second, the offensive line has been a mess and Bernard is currently a better fit for an offense that cannot simply line up and pound away at opponents with Hill. Bernard got every snap on the first drive of the game and was heavily involved early. He caught a 3rd-down wheel route for 32 yards to set up first-and-goal at the Patriots 6-yard line midway through the second quarter. He received all of the Bengals snaps on the goal line series. On first down, he picked up five yards but was stood up just shy of the goal line. On second down, he ran left and was brought down just inches shy of the end zone and would have scored but his fullback missed a block. Bernard was stuffed and dropped for a loss when the Bengals went for it on 4th-and-goal. Bernard was in at running back on an option play that Dalton ended up keeping the ball and scoring on. He also had a short run and 3-yard catch to the 5-yard line on goal-to-go plays in the third quarter.
2016 Week 5 vs DAL (9 / 50 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Due to an injury to Jeremy Hill and the Bengals playing from behind the whole game, Bernard played a season-high 76% of the snaps. He started the game with a nice 14-yard gain on his first carry, starting up the middle and then bouncing it outside. Bernard was productive as a runner, but the Bengals were forced to mostly abandon the running game after Dallas quickly jumped out to a 3-touchdown lead. Bernard was heavily involved as a receiver both on swing passes out of the backfield and on short dumpoffs over the middle.
2016 Week 4 vs MIA (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Bernard's biggest gain of the day was a 13-yard reception on a swing pass. He lined up in the shotgun and ran right, where Dalton hit him in stride. Bernard caught the pass on a full run and was able to spring down the sideline for a nice gain. Many of his carries came in the fourth quarter with the Bengals nursing a lead and content to just run clock, even against a stacked defensive line. He found little room to run and had a long run on the day of just 7 yards. Bernard almost scored on a 12-yard reception over the middle. He ran a quick option route and came open, but was tripped up by Safety Reshad Jones at the 2-yard line.
2016 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
The Bengals came out determined to get Hill involved and the power running game involved and Bernard was not a big part of the game plan. He had little room to run on his few carries. He did most of his damage on the final drive of the game in garbage time, when he pulled in three catches against prevent defense.
2016 Week 2 vs PIT (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 100 / 1 rec)
Bernard had a big game for the Bengals catching passes out of the backfield. The Steelers mostly took away the Bengals running game and played a bend-but-don't-break pass defense that forced most of the Bengals passes underneath. Bernard was solid throughout, but did much of his damage late against the Steelers prevent defense. With the Bengals down 15 points midway through the fourth quarter, Bernard led the way on a long touchdown drive with four catches. He capped the drive off with a 25-yard touchdown reception. He caught the ball on a short route near the sideline and made cornerback Artie Burns miss and then outraced a linebacker to the pylon.
2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Bernard had a quiet game and his impact as a pass catcher was greatly limited due to the Jets pass rush. With both RT Cedric Ogbuehi and TE CJ Uzomah making their first career starts, Bernard stayed in to block on third downs more than he normally would. On both of his receptions, he was quickly brought down by Jets linebackers making impressive shoestring tackles in one-on-one situations.
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