Giovani Bernard
Giovani Bernard
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Cincinnati Bengals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A four-game absence because of a knee injury - along with the emergence of Joe Mixon as a three-down bell cow - led Bernard to the least productive season of his career in 2018. The veteran pass-catching back failed to reach either 300 rushing or 300 receiving yards - figures he'd topped every year since 2013, usually with ease - and his 4.5 yards per target was by far a career low. Andy Dalton's late-season thumb injury played a role in Bernard's loss of effectiveness and volume through the air, but the simple fact of the matter is that Cincinnati doesn't need him as much as it used to. He's still dangerous in the open field and has shown that he can contribute in an expanded role on the ground, but heading into the final year of his contract, he'll face competition from sixth-round picks Rodney Anderson and Trayveon Williams for whatever touches Mixon doesn't get. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15.5 million contract with the Bengals in June of 2016.
Won't play Saturday
RBCincinnati Bengals
August 8, 2019
Bernard and Joe Mixon are not in line to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Per Ben Baby of, Bernard -- who had been nursing minor hamstring injury -- could play in the contest if necessary, but coach Zac Taylor indicated that he plans to sit his top two backs Saturday, so that the team can get a better look at its depth options.
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How do Giovani Bernard's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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% Snaps w/Touch
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Air Yards Per Snap
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% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Drop Rate
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2018 Giovani Bernard Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Giovani Bernard's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
205 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
Shuttle Time
4.12 sec
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
122 in
Bench Press
19 reps
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
28.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Bernard returned from the ACL tear that cut short his 2016 season seemingly none the worse for wear, as the 5-9, 205-pound back displayed his usual shiftiness and explosiveness in the open field and set a career high with five carries of 20 or more yards despite a career-low 6.6 rushes per game. The addition of Joe Mixon was the driver of Bernard's reduced workload on the ground, but his production as a receiver was right in line with previous years as he grabbed at least 43 passes for the fourth time in five seasons, only missing the mark in that abbreviated 2016 campaign. Still only 26, he's set for another campaign as the pass-catching complement to Mixon, though Bernard has also proven capable of handling three-down duties, at least in short bursts. If Mixon continues to struggle, Bernard would be the most likely beneficiary, especially with Jeremy Hill no longer in a Cincinnati uniform. The Bengals' offseason additions to the offensive line should boost the efficiency of the entire offense, so even if Bernard's workload remains the same, an increase in his numbers wouldn't be a surprise.
Bernard was on pace for his fourth consecutive season with more than 1,000 combined yards, along with a career high in receptions, when he tore his ACL in Week 11's game against the Bills. When healthy, the 5-9, 205-pound back is one of the league's most dangerous runners in the open field, possessing an elite combination of vision, elusiveness and quickness. But after suffering one ACL tear already in college, there's no guarantee Bernard will be able to return to peak form. He was a full go for the start of training camp less than nine months after suffering the injury, but the Bengals added Joe Mixon in the draft to further muddy Bernard's prospects for touches. Even if he does come back 100 percent from his knee injury, he could find himself relegated to a change-of-pace role.
Sometimes less is more, as we saw with Bernard during his third NFL season. Although his rushes dropped to a new personal low, he hiked his YPC up to a personal best, a jump of 0.7 over the previous year. Bernard also nudged his catch rate forward, adding up to a Top 20 RB finish in PPR leagues. Ah, but touchdowns also pay a lot of the fantasy bills, and that’s where Bernard was disappointing — perhaps unlucky — last year. Although his red-zone usage was similar to where it was in 2014, Bernard dropped from seven touchdowns to just two. He was the only back in the league to score just twice on 26 or more red-zone rushing attempts (Bernard collected 32 in all). And it wasn’t like all the totes were from long distances; he had 13 chances inside the 10. It’s not that Bernard is ever likely to lead the league in touchdowns — heck, his running mate, Jeremy Hill, did that last year — but given his expected volume and breakaway ability, you’d expect a modest gain in TDs this time around. There’s nothing particularly thrilling about Bernard entering his fourth campaign, but he’s been a fantasy-useful player his entire career, and he might be entering the boring-but-thrifty veteran portion of the program.
Expected to be Cincinnati's lead back last season, Bernard instead battled shoulder, rib and hip injuries, missing three games and ceding the starting role to rookie Jeremy Hill, who never let it go. That's not an encouraging trend for an undersized player who'd already undergone ACL surgery in college. When healthy, Bernard still showed the incredible quickness, vision, balance and elusiveness that make him a threat to explode for a long gain on every touch. Although he bails out too often in pass protection, his 130 targets through two seasons demonstrate the Bengals' commitment to giving him a prime spot in their passing game to take advantage of his hands and ability to make defenders miss in space. The more physical, bruising Hill is a reliable asset on the ground, and Bernard likely will get fewer carries this season to limit the punishment he takes. That might actually be the best scenario for his career prospects, as he might stay more effective with a reduced workload.
One of the league's most exciting rookies last season, Bernard made an instant impact in the pass game and showed quick cutting ability as well as great burst despite seeing his carries limited by a timeshare with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He'll again have to split off some carries to Green-Ellis and second-round pick Jeremy Hill this year, but appears poised to take over a more featured role in the Bengals' offense. A second-round selection in 2013, Bernard's final numbers were depressed by a lack of playing time alongside Green-Ellis – and yet he still racked up more than 1,200 total yards from scrimmage. He could have ended up with even more, but did struggle over the season's final three games, carrying 39 times for a total of just 77 yards. But the Law Firm seems in line to be phased out after his third consecutive season of sub-4.0 yards per carry, meaning that Bernard should see his carries jump well over 200 while retaining all his usefulness in the pass game. Despite being a smaller back at 5-9, 208, Bernard has so far looked terrifically durable, and even though Green-Ellis is a more prototypical short-yardage back, Bernard still saw six goal-line touches last season and should see that role expanded this year. He has all the goods to be a true three-down back, and he could finally see that role materialize this season.
The 37th overall pick – and first RB selected this year – Bernard has extremely quick feet and the vision and burst to break runs outside. Bernard's also a natural receiver out of the backfield and, as such, is likely to see plenty of third-down work. He'll likely begin the year as a change-of-pace runner and complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but has the tools to be a productive three-down back should Green-Ellis miss time.
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Absent from practice
RBCincinnati Bengals
August 5, 2019
Bernard did not practice Monday due to a minor hamstring injury, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
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Still repping with starters
RBCincinnati Bengals
June 21, 2019
Bernard shared work with Joe Mixon during the offseason program, Laurel Pfahler of The Dayton Daily News reports.
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Another tiny stat line
RBCincinnati Bengals
December 30, 2018
Bernard had three carries for seven yards and two catches for eight yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
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Provides no yardage
RBCincinnati Bengals
December 23, 2018
Bernard caught both of his targets but was unable to gain yardage during Sunday's 26-18 loss to Cleveland.
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Minimal production again
RBCincinnati Bengals
December 18, 2018
Bernard had six carries for seven yards and two catches for 25 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
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