Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
|RB - #19||62.81||CIN||Active||2 years||23||5'9||206|
2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-07-2015 by Shawn Childs
The Bengals really struggled to run the ball early in the year with Bernard carrying the load. Over his first three games, Gio had 55 carries, 185 yards and three TDs, but he gained only 3.4 yards per carry. In six of his first eight games and in eight of his 13 total games last year, Bernard averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry. For the season, Giovani averaged 4.0 yards per carry while Hill averaged 5.1. Gio is a fine pass catcher who racked up more than 140 receiving yards through the season's first two games. He has run for fewer than 700 yards in each of his first two seasons while averaging 4.1 yards per tote. His lack of success as a runner may lead to him losing touches and becoming more of a change-of-pace back with high upside in the passing game. His bar should be set at 200-225 touches for a maximum of 1,100 yards. He has 70-catch upside with a handful of TDs.
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Giovani Bernard was expected to be a breakout running back in Cincinnati last season. Instead, he suffered an injury, rookie Jeremy Hill was dominant in his place and Gio lost his job. Now, it has been made clear that Bernard will not see nearly as many touches as Hill this season. Although this is a tough blow for Bernard, he's taking it all in stride. "It's all in Hue's hands," Bernard said. "Hue is going to put the guy out there at the opportunity. You just have to shine. We both know that. Whoever is doing a good job is going to be on that field and producing … The biggest thing is being out there on the field helping your teammates. That's huge. In certain cases like Marvin and Ty, they really couldn't. For me little things like that you just suck it up an play football. Everybody is going to be hurt, the defense there's guys hurt over there, too. You just have to put that on the back burner and go out there and play football."
Gio is going to take a major hit to his fantasy stock this season. He does have some PPR value but that's pretty much it. Assuming Hill stays healthy, Bernard is a low-end flex option at best. His current ADP has him being drafted as the RB26. He certainly has the talent an upside to outperform this ADP. Nonetheless, he may not have the opportunity or durability.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/3 - Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will be a distant second in touches to Jeremy Hill this season
7/29 - Bengals OC Hue Jackson 'not concerned' about QB Andy Dalton
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2014 Mock Draft Results
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July 14, 2014
|2.03||Draft Sharks - Tough call here between Bernard and Murray. Went Gio because I trust him more to stay healthy and think he has bigger reception upside.|
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