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RB Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals

5-9, 202Born: 11-22-1991College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 2

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2017 Week 17 vs BAL (10 / 52 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 18 / 0 rec)

Bernard played extensively, rotating in on early downs in place of Mixon and also playing nearly all of the third downs. He often looked like the fastest player on the field, breaking off multiple big runs to the outside. While Mixon has emerged as the lead back, Bernard has performed well enough down the stretch that he should continue to have a big role in the offense going forward.

2017 Week 16 vs DET (23 / 116 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 52 / 0 rec)

When Mixon had to leave early, Bernard stepped into the role of lead back and had a monster game game. Bernard had 30 touches and made an impact as both a runner and receiver. He picked up a pair of 3rd-and-1 conversions on tough runs up the middle early. Bernard's receptions came in bunches, with four on a single 1-minute drive before halftime that setup a field goal. Early in the second half, Bernard made a nice move after a catching a short pass over the middle to spin by a tackler and get it down to the Detroit 7-yard line. The highlight of the day for Bernard came on a 10-yard reception. It looked like Dalton hung him out to dry but Bernard spun through a big hit, accelerated upfield and spun through a second tackle attempt as well to pick up 10 yards. Bernard also had a huge run in the final two minutes to put the game away. Facing 3rd-and-6 from the 12-yard line, Bernard found the middle stacked up and bounced it outside. He was able to get to the corner and into the end zone for a 12-yard score.

2017 Week 15 vs MIN (14 / 30 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Bernard struggled to fall forward and get the tough yards inside the tackles. After falling behind 14-0, the Bengals ran three straight times with Bernard for nine total yards. They went back to Bernard on 4th-and-1 and were stuffed for a loss. There wasn't much room to run but Bernard didn't make many guys miss and mostly went down on first contact. Bernard scored a garbage-time touchdown on a 1-yard plunge over right tackle.

2017 Week 14 vs CHI (11 / 62 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)

The Bengals came out with a pass-heavy game plan and mostly ignored Bernard on the first two drives. The plan didn't work. On the third drive, the Bengals featured Bernard heavily and he ripped off 32 yards on 3 carries to help setup the only offensive score of the day for Cincinnati. Bernard ran fairly well early but the Bengals passing game wasn't able to convert and keep drives alive and the team quickly fell into a big hole. Bernard did much of his damage in garbage time, picking up big chunks on short passes against prevent coverage.

2017 Week 13 vs PIT (13 / 77 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Bernard was a part of the game plan from the start, receiving the first carry of the game on the opening drive. However, he was forced into a much more prominent role once Joe Mixon was knocked from the game with a concussion midway through the second quarter. Bernard was the lead back the rest of the way and was able to consistently rip off runs of 5-to-10 yards. While he ran well, Bernard was called for an incredibly costly hold, which nullified a 61-yard touchdown catch by AJ. Green. He also had a costly false start penalty in the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 12 vs CLE (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Bernard was effective and looked incredibly quick on his few touches. He went for 11 yards on a red zone draw to setup 1st-and-goal, looking like he was shot out of a cannon. Bernard also had a 15-yard gain on a well designed screen pass. While Bernard played well, he is clearly a distant second in the Bengals backfield with just 4 touches compared to Mixon's 26.

2017 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Bernard had a tough game. He was dropped for losses of three and five yards on his first two rushing attempts. The Broncos line was getting too much push for slow developing running plays to the outside. Bernard caught a short dump off over the middle.

2017 Week 10 vs TEN (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Bernard played 21-of-51 snaps but had a relatively quiet day. He mostly played on third down and in the hurry-up offense but got a handful of snaps on first and second downs as well. Bernard racked up nearly half of his yardage on dump offs against prevent defense in a last-minute drive with the Bengals needing a touchdown.

2017 Week 9 vs JAX (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)

For the fifth in the last six weeks, Bernard played less than 33% of the offensive snaps (28% of the Week 9 snaps). With Mixon's emergence, Bernard has been mostly an afterthought in the offense. He touched the ball just twice on Sunday and both touches went for negative yards.

2017 Week 8 vs IND (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard was a non-factor in the game. He played just 14 snaps and failed to haul in either of his two targets. His two rushes both went for minimal gains.

2017 Week 7 vs PIT (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Bernard led the Bengals running backs in snaps (23 out of 51 total) but was completely ineffective. Bernard dropped what should have been an easy 7-yard completion in the final minutes before half that ended up being a turning point in the game. It led to a Bengals punt that allowed the Steelers another score before halftime.

2017 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Bernard played 22 of 66 snaps but only touched the ball four times. His biggest gain came on a 3rd-and-21 screen that went for 17 yards. He was ineffective as a runner. Bernard was stuffed for a loss on a 3rd-and-short carry.

2017 Week 4 vs CLE (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec)

Bernard has seen his role reduced but has found a way to make an impact despite limited playing time. He is still the top option when the Bengals go to their two-minute drill offense. In the final minute before halftime, the Bengals set up a screen perfectly against a Browns blitz. There was nothing but green ahead of Bernard who caught the ball and ran straight ahead, going completely untouched into the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown. Bernard also drew a long pass interference penalty on a wheel route down the sideline.

2017 Week 3 vs GB (3 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Bernard played by far his fewest snaps of the season (13 snaps, 21% of total). He did make an impact in his limited opportunities, however. He took his first carry behind pulling guards to the right side, burst through a big hole, and weaved his way for 25 yards. Bernard scored a 6-yard touchdown on 2nd-and-goal. He lined up in the backfield, slipped through the line and was wide open due to a busted coverage. He took the quick pass from Dalton and literally walked into the end zone. After the two impact plays early, Bernard managed just eight yards on three touches the rest of the way.

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bernard played over half of the offensive snaps, playing more snaps (33) than Joe Mixon (16) and Jeremy Hill (15) combined. The playing time should be encouraging for Bernard's fantasy owners, especially when considering that (unlike Week 1) the Bengals were never behind by more than one score. However, Bernard wasn't able to take advantage of the increased opportunity and was clearly the least effective of the three backs. He managed just 2.0 yards per carry and 4.0 yards per target. On an early 3rd-and-3, Bernard lined up in the slot and ran a quick out one yard short of the sticks. He was tackled immediately and the Bengals were forced to punt. In the Bengals first trip to the red zone, Bernard was the victim of poor play-calling. He took a pitch left and faked a reverse toss to John Ross that fooled nobody and led to a five-yard loss. Bernard got another shot at a third-and-short and came up short again. He took a carry off right tackle and was knocked backward on first contact.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)

Bernard led the Bengals backs in snaps with 26 and played well. However, much of the usage was probably due to game script as the Bengals were behind by three scores for the entire second half and Bernard is the back the Bengals use in the two-minute offense. The Bengals came out rotating running backs by drives. Bernard came in for the third drive of the game and gave the offense a spark. His big play on the drive was a 23-yard run up the middle. He burst through the line and made a Ravens linebacker fall down on a quick juke at the second level to turn a solid gain into a big play.


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