Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Date of Birth:  11/22/1991
Age:  29
Height  5'9"
Weight:   208
College:  North Carolina
Drafted:  2013 | Round 2 | Pick 37
Depth Chart:  2nd string

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Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard is signing a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Bernard was reportedly recruited personally by both Tom Brady and Bruce Arians, so it's no surprise that he was persuaded by a chance to get a ring in Tampa Bay. The backfield was already in good shape with Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette, but Bernard gives them a top receiving threat to see the field in passing situations. From a fantasy perspective, this news is a definite downgrade to both Jones II and Fournette, as Bernard should chip away some carries, too—and a case could even be made for the newcomer having the best outlook in full PPR formats. It would now be a surprise if the Bucs spent an early pick on a running back later this month.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

The Bengals have released Giovani Bernard.

Bernard was rumored as a potential trade candidate, but it's no surprise that Cincinnati didn't find a suitor considering the caliber of running backs still on the market. The former second-round pick finishes his Bengals career with 921 carries for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns while also contributing as a big-time weapon in the passing game with a 342/2,867/11 line as a receiver. Samaje Perine and others will climb up the depth chart, but this move opens up a potential monster workload for Joe Mixon in 2021. As for Bernard (who turns 30 in the fall), there is certainly a chance he finds a landing spot where he can still carry FLEX appeal, particularly in full PPR leagues.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (concussion) is officially active for the Bengals.

Bernard was able to progress through the concussion protocol and get full clearance ahead of today’s Week 12 matchup with the Giants. The matchup isn’t an easy one, but Bernard should get a solid number of touches and will probably be in most fantasy lineups today.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (concussion) is officially questionable for this Sunday.

Bernard is making progress through the concussion protocol, but he’s not quite fully cleared as he looks to play in the Week 12 matchup versus the Giants. The Bengals play at home this Sunday, which probably helps Bernard as he avoids getting ruled out tomorrow while not making the trip, which is sometimes the case for injured players with their teams going on the road.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard is in concussion protocol.

Bernard did not practice today and now has a few days to get cleared for Sunday against the Giants. Bernard was not placed in concussion protocol during Week 11, so it seems he may have gotten symptoms in the past couple of days. Hopefully the veteran running back is feeling better soon. Samaje Perine would suddenly be a solid fantasy option if Bernard were to miss this week.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (right knee) has returned for the Bengals.

Despite being listed as out and then doubtful after his right knee injury, Bernard is toughing it out and has returned for his team. You've got to admire the toughness of Bernard, who will look to help his team get back into the game against the Ravens.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (right knee) has been upgraded to doubtful.

After initially being ruled out, Bernard is now moving around on the sideline and could potentially re-enter the game. With the Bengals down 28-3, don't expect the veteran running back to return today, though. Bernard had two carries for ten yards before leaving.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (right knee) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.

Bernard being ruled out already obviously is not a good sign, but hopefully the injury doesn't keep him out for much longer than today. Joe Mixon will handle most of the backfield work for Cincinnati for the rest of today versus Baltimore.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

The Bengals are signing Giovani Bernard to a two-year extension, according to Tom Pelissero.

Bernard will reportedly get $10.3 million over two seasons, and he's now locked up through the 2021 season. The contract is basically starter's money, so this could mean Joe Mixon—while clearly the featured back—might not be the workhorse fantasy owners want him to be this season. It also could mean Bernard is used more in a receiving role (perhaps on the field with Mixon) and may have more standalone fantasy value than anticipated.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles five touches in Week 17 loss.

Bernard rushed three times for seven yards and caught two passes for eight yards. The North Carolina product ends his sixth season with 56 carries for 211 yards (3.8 YPC) and three touchdowns, also adding 35 receptions for 218 yards. A new coaching staff will determine whether Benard is on the roster behind Joe Mixon in 2019, but a new team would probably give the former second-round pick his best chance to make a fantasy impact.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles two touches in Week 16 loss.

He didn't receive a carry, but caught both targets for no gain. Bernard can stay on the waiver wire in redraft leagues as Joe Mixon (19 touches) continues to be featured as the AFC's leading rusher.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets eight touches against the Raiders.

Bernard carried six times for seven yards and caught two passes for 25 yards in the Bengals' Week 15 win. Bernard is not a recommended fantasy option while mixing in behind workhorse Joe Mixon.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles five touches in loss to the Chargers.

Bernard rushed three times for seven yards and caught two passes for 13 yards. Cincinnati finally fed Joe Mixon (31 touches for 138 yards and a score) in a near upset victory, so Bernard was mostly an afterthought that only saw time in some obvious passing situations or when the starter needed a quick breather. Fantasy owners will hopefully have other options in Week 15.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets 11 touches against the Broncos.

Bernard carried five times for 14 yards and caught six passes for 32 yards in the Bengals' Week 13 loss. It was good to see Bernard get more involved, but he's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets two touches in Week 12.

Bernard carried one time for ten yards and caught one pass for 12 yards against the Browns. Despite the Bengals going in pass-happy mode, Joe Mixon (21 touches, seven receptions) received almost all of the backfield work. Bernard does not need to be owned in fantasy leagues right now.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles six touches in loss to the Ravens.

Bernard rushed twice for five yards and caught four-of-four targets for 20 yards. Cincinnati decided to air it out 36 times against a Baltimore defense that's equally tough defending the run and pass, but Joe Mixon (15 touches) unsurprisingly worked clearly ahead of Bernard. The former second-round pick looks like a low-upside standalone option with RB2 upside as a handcuff if Mixon goes down down.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets four touches against the Saints.

Bernard carried two times for six yards an added two receptions for 30 yards in his first game since late September. Bernard looked fine in his return from his knee injury, which was good to see. He's not a highly-recommended fantasy option in Week 11 against a Ravens team that's coming off the bye.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) is officially active for Week 10.

Bernard has been out since Week 4 while reportedly dealing with an MCL sprain. The initial diagnosis for Bernard was reportedly two-to-four weeks, so he should be very close to 100% over a month after the injury. He has some FLEX appeal against the Saints, but there are probably better fantasy options in his first game back.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) is officially questionable for Week 10.

There's optimism about Bernard making a return, but he should be considered a true game-time call to face the Saints. The good news is the Bengals kickoff at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, so Bernard's status will be known before any Sunday games start.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) was limited in today's practice.

This is a good start to the week off the bye for Bernard, who is expected to be ready to go against the Saints this Sunday. We'll track his status the next two days, but Bernard should be good to go behind starter Joe Mixon in Week 10.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Bernard remain week-to-week with his knee injury, so Joe Mixon will handle nearly all the work in Cincinnati's backfield against the Buccaneers. Rookie Mark Walton will mix in behind Mixon.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) has officially been ruled out for Week 6.

Bernard was not expected to play as he deals with his MCL sprain. However, next week against the Chiefs is a possibility given the two-to-four week timeframe for the injury. It’ll be mostly all Joe Mixon for a second straight week as the Bengals take on the Steeelers.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) is expected to miss two-to-four weeks.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero says Bernard is dealing with an MCL sprain, which gives clarity to why he missed every practice this week. Bernard will also almost certainly miss next week's matchup with the Steelers, but he'll look to return in Week 7 against the Chiefs or Week 8 against the Buccaneers. Joe Mixon is back in the lineup for Cincinnati, and he'll handle a lot of work in Bernard's absence. Rookie Mark Walton will mix in behind Mixon while Bernard is out.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Bernard didn't practice this week, so this isn't a surprise. It's unclear what type of knee injury Bernard is dealing with exactly, so consider him week-to-week for now. The good news for the Bengals is Joe Mixon returns after missing the last two games with his knee injury.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) remains out of practice.

This isn't a great sign for Bernard, but he has enough experience that he might be able to play with little-to-no practice time during the week. Check back for Bernard's official game status tomorrow.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard (knee) was limited in today's practice.

Bernard is thought to be fine, but we'll keep track of this. Joe Mixon (knee) is expected back in the lineup, so there's a chance the team takes things slow with Bernard.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard scores twice against the Falcons.

Again filling in for Joe Mixon (knee), Bernard had another sizable workload, getting 19 touches in the Week 4 win. Bernard had 15 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns along with four receptions for 27 yards. Both scores came in the red zone. Mixon might be back for Week 5, but Bernard would remain a very good option in fantasy lineups if he starts against the Dolphins.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles 17 touches, scores in loss to the Panthers.

Starting for the injured Joe Mixon (knee), Benard rushed 12 times for 61 yards and a touchdown, also adding five receptions for 25 yards. It was a solid performance for the 26-year-old in a difficult matchup, and he is worth starting as an every-week RB2 until Mixon's return. The Bengals will take on the Falcons next Sunday in a potential shootout, so keep Bernard in fantasy lineups.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles ten touches in Week 2 victory.

Bernard saw some extra work with Joe Mixon exiting the game a couple times with a knee issue, and he finished with six carries for 27 yards, also adding four receptions for 15 yards. The former second-round pick is a talented backup that's capable of more in extended action, but he has little standalone value with Mixon locked-in as Cincinnati's workhorse.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles two touches in Week 1 win.

Bernard rushed once for negative-two yards and caught an 11-yard pass in the 34-23 victory. It was believed that Bernard had a chance to carve out a significant role as a change of pace to Joe Mixon, but if Week 1 was any indication, that won't be happening. Right now, the former second-round pick is just a handcuff that doesn't need to be owned in 10- or 12-team leagues.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets 16 touches against Baltimore.

Benard had ten carries for 52 yards and six receptions for 18 yards in the Week 17 victory. Coming off a torn ACL, Bernard played in all 16 games this season, carrying 105 times for 458 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns along with 43 receptions for 389 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. He should have a role behind Joe Mixon in 2018 and could be a FLEX option in deeper PPR leagues.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles 30 touches after Joe Mixon goes down in Week 16 win.

Bernard rushed 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown, adding seven receptions for 52 yards in a 26-17 victory. Rookie Joe Mixon returned to the lineup and got the start, but he quickly left the game with an ankle injury, and it opened the door for Bernard to have his best game of the season. Cincinnati could shut down their rookie back for Week 17, but even so, it'd be difficult to trust Gio in the fantasy championship against the Ravens.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets saved by touchdown in blowout loss.

Bernard rushed 14 times for 30 yards, including a two-yard score in the fourth quarter. He also caught three passes for 13 yards. Cincinnati was completely shut down on the ground, as Bernard's long run went for four yards in the 34-7 defeat. It looks like the team has quit over the past two weeks with Marvin Lewis set to leave after the season, so it's difficult to trust anyone not named A.J. Green over the final two weeks of the season. Whether or not Joe Mixon (concussion) returns, Bernard isn't a recommended option on Christmas Eve against Detroit.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets 17 touches in Week 14.

Bernard topped both 60 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving against the Bears, carrying 11 times for 62 yards while adding six receptions for a team-high 68 yards. If Joe Mixon remains out with a concussion in Week 15, Bernard would remain a decent option in fantasy lineups with a tough matchup against Minnesota.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard plays well in Week 13.

Joe Mixon left the game in the second quarter with a concussion, and Bernard received all the backfield work after that. Bernard had 13 carries for 77 yards rushing and two receptions for 19 yards receiving in the game. He ran very well, picking up positive yardage and running with a lot of power with his carries. If Mixon were to miss time, Bernard would be a clear starting option in fantasy lineups. If not, Bernard would be difficult to trust outside of deep PPR leagues.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Joe Mixon has been ruled out with a concussion.

Mixon, who also suffered a shoulder injury when he was hit in the second quarter, is now in concussion protocol and will have six days to get cleared for Week 14. Mixon had seven carries for 34 yards and one reception for eight yards before leaving the game against Pittsburgh. Hopefully Mixon is feeling OK soon, but Giovani Bernard should get a heavy workload in the backfield for as long as Mixon is out of the lineup.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard handles just four touches in Week 12.

Bernard rushed three times for 12 yards and caught a 15-yard pass. Rookie Joe Mixon dominated with 26 touches that he turned into 165 yards and a score, and Cincinnati should feed him again next Monday night against the Steelers. Bernard can be left on the waiver wire.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets four touches against Denver.

Benard carries three times for -4 yards and added one reception for eight yards. He's not getting enough work to be a reliable fantasy option right now.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets seven touches against the Titans.

Bernard carried twice for ten yards, but he did most of his work through the air, catching five of five targets for 38 yards. He hadn't been very involved in the passing game in recent weeks, so don't consider him a PPR FLEX option just yet. Bernard gets the Broncos in Week 11.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets two touches in Week 9.

Bernard carried once for -1 yards and caught one pass (on one target) for -5 yards. It appears the Bengals are going to give rookie Joe Mixon almost all the touches in the backfield, so Bernard doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets two carries against the Colts.

Bernard was targeted twice in the passing game, but he didn't catch either one, just getting the two carries for five yards. Though a good player, Bernard does not need to be on fantasy rosters right now—even in PPR leagues—as he's behind Joe Mixon for work in the backfield.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets four touches in Week 7.

Bernard carried three times for eight yards and caught one pass (on three targets) for -1 yards. He'll have some good weeks, particularly in PPR leagues, and next Sunday against the Colts might be one of those games.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets four touches in Week 5.

Benard had two carries for two yards and two receptions for 30 yards against the Bills. He's a bench player/bye-week fill-in for PPR leagues, but rookie Joe Mixon has the most fantasy value in the Bengals backfield.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard breaks long touchdown in Week 4.

Bernard carried three times for 12 yards and added three receptions (on four targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. The score was a 61-yarder on a screen pass the Bernard pretty easily took up the field for a touchdown. Bernard is just a PPR FLEX option for now, as Joe Mixon is getting most of the carries in the backfield for the Bengals. He only has eight receptions through four games, though, and 26 total touches.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard scores six-yard receiving touchdown in loss to the Packers.

Bernard had just five touches, but looked good, rushing three times for 27 yards and catching two passes for 12 yards and the score. Still, it wasn't a good sign that Joe Mixon handled 21 touches, as the Bengals are expected to feature the talented rookie from now on. Bernard is just a bench player in PPR leagues at this point.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets seven Week-2 touches.

Bernard mixed in with Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon again, carrying five times for ten yards and catching two passes for 16 yards against the Texans. In a RBBC, Bernard's upside is severely limited. He should probably only be rostered in PPR leagues.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard gets eight touches in Week 1.

Bernard was the most effective of the Bengals running backs against Baltimore. He carried seven times for 40 yards and added a 39-yard reception. With rookie Joe Mixon added to the mix, Bernard became a bit of a forgotten guy in Cincinnati's backfield. He'll have some good weeks this season, but there are probably better options for your fantasy lineup.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard makes 2017 preseason debut.

Bernard is about eight months removed from last year's ACL tear, so it's great to see him back out there. He looked like his normal self, carrying four times for 25 yards in the Week 3 preseason game against the Redskins. Because Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon are both in the backfield with him, Bernard might only be a PPR option this season. Bernard is going undrafted in most fantasy drafts.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard is not on PUP; expected to be ready for training camp on Friday.

Bernard was able to participate some through the offseason, despite tearing his ACL on November 20 of last year. It's great that he won't have to start training camp on the PUP list as he looks to compete for a good amount of playing time with Cincinnati. The Bengals have supremely talented rookie Joe Mixon, along with productive back Jeremy Hill, in the backfield, so competition will be heavy. They are all likely to have roles, and Bernard might have a big role in the passing game, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Mixon emerge as a near-workhorse in 2017.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard will be a limited participant at the start of OTAs tommorrow, according to Katherine Terrell.

Bernard is expected to be ready for Week 1, but the role he will play after the team picked Joe Mixon in the second round is unclear. Bernard is one of the more dynamic backs in the league when healthy, but falling behind the rookie and Jeremy Hill this offseason will not help his role, especially early in the season as he returns to form. Mixon will be the back you want to own in the Cincy backfield in 2017 and beyond.

According to multiple reports, Giovani Bernard tore his ACL in Sunday's game against the Bills.

The Bengals are expected to place him on IR this week. It's always bad news when a player is injured. Jeremy Hill will take over as a workhorse and should be an RB1 now. We hope Bernard is back and better than ever next season.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard rushed seven times for 21 yards and caught five passes for 40 yards in Sunday’s loss.

Jeremy Hill saw more carries (16 for 62 yards), but Bernard was better out of the backfield like usual. Next week against the Ravens shapes up as more of a Gio game with Baltimore having the league's best run defense. Still, Bernard is just a weak FLEX play.

Giovani Bernard | Buccaneers RB

Giovani Bernard does nothing with ten touches on MNF in Week 10.

Bernard had seven carries for 17 yards and three catches for 19 yards. Bernard does get stretches when he stays in the game and occasionally gets a goal line carry, but Hill is the back to own in Cincinnati. Bernard is an uninspiring FLEX option next week against Buffalo, but you could do worse.

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