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The Bengals don't seem interested in increasing rookie RB Gio Bernard's workload.  "Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast. That's the way he is," OC Jay Gruden said of Bernard.  "He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy. But when he's fresh and spelling [BenJarvus Green-Ellis] and they kind of feed off each other I think. I think they have both bought into it."  Bernard is averaging 12.3 yards per carry through 9 games.  We might see that climb to 14 or 15, but don't expect Bernard to become a 20-touch guy this season.  The Bengals are happy with their backfield rotation.  Of course, Bernard can still be a RB2 in fantasy despite the limited workload.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (ribs) put in a limited practice on Wednesday.  We still don't know whether he broke a rib last Thursday night or just suffered a bruise.  But the limited practice today puts him on track to play against the Ravens this weekend.

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis said Friday that RB Gio Bernard won't miss "extended time" with the rib injury he suffered in last night's game.  That jibes with insider Mike Silver's report that Bernard's injury is not serious.  The rookie has 10 days to get ready for Cincy's next game against the Ravens.  

Bengals RB Gio Bernard left Thursday night's game in the 4th quarter with a rib injury.  He was brilliant before exiting, racking up 79 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards and 2 TDs.  That included 1 of the most impressive rushing scores of the season.  It was the type of play that could vault Bernard to a big 2nd half of the year.  We'll have to see about the rib injury.

As expected, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Packers.  He put in a full practice Friday and should be all systems go.  In what figures to be a shootout in Cincy, Bernard carries RB2 upside for your fantasy squad.

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is listed as probable for this weekend's game against the Packers.  He popped up on the injury report on Thursday with a hamstring but put in a full practice on Friday.  Bernard is good to go and carries RB2 upside in what should be a high-scoring affair.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard was added to Thursday's injury report with a hamstring.  He was listed as a limited participant in practice.  It's unclear if Bernard suffered the injury Wednesday, Thursday or was just getting some extra rest.  Check back tomorrow for an update.

According to Bengals insider Joe Reedy, OC Jay Gruden recently "hinted" that the backfield could be a 50-50 split between BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard.  That's not surprising.  As we broke down in our RB Risers article, Bernard is simply the more talented player.  He's also the more versatile back, with plus pass-catching skills.  We could even envision Bernard taking over as the clear lead dog at some point this season.  He carries much more fantasy upside than Green-Ellis.  We just bumped Bernard up our RB rankings.  To see how high, click here.

Bengals insider Geoff Hobson says rookie RB Gio Bernard "figures to catch 50 balls or so" this season.  That's a lofty prediction.  Only 7 RBs caught 50+ balls last year.  It's only been done 5 times by rookie RBs over the past 10 years (including Trent Richardson in 2012).  That being said, Bernard enters the league as a top-notch pass-catcher.  He caught 92 balls at UNC over the past 2 seasons.  He'll serve as Cincy's primary passing-down back and is also expected to see time split out wide.  Click here to see how many catches we project Bernard to finish with in 2013.

Bengals RBs coach Hue Jackson told the team website that rookie RB Giovani Bernard "has that skill set where I think he could play and be an every-down player.”  Jackson said the team was looking for a back who could do everything: run, catch and pass-block.  He said the 2nd-round pick fits that mold.  As the 1st RB selected in April's draft, Bernard obviously ranks among the class' most talented backs.  He also brings as high a fantasy ceiling as anyone in the group.  We wouldn't be surprised to see him outscore teammate BenJarvus Green-Ellis this season.  Click on over to our 2013 fantasy football rankings to see how we project both Bengals.


The Bengals are planning on splitting RB Gio Bernard into the slot or out wide in some sets.  "He's so natural catching the ball. He can catch it like a receiver," RBs coach Hue Jackson said of the rookie. "I knew he could catch it really well, but I wouldn't be surprised if he could go out there and line up outside and catch balls like some other guys can because he has that skill set."  Bernard was a pass-catching fiend at North Carolina, racking up 92 receptions for 852 yards and 6 TDs in 2 seasons.  He'll see plenty of action on the ground as a change-of-pace behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but Bernard's biggest impact this year figures to come in the passing game.  He's capable of 40+ catches, making him a prime target in PPR fantasy leagues.

Bengals OC Jay Gruden told the team website that RB Giovani Bernard will compete with 6th-round pick Rex Burkhead for the 3rd-down role.  Gruden said Bernard brings 3-down size and skills but doesn't plan to use the 2nd-rounder as a workhorse. "He can be a 10-15 carry guy, catch eight balls, whatever it is, to help us out and make us more diverse," Gruden said.  Burkhead is a nice-looking player, but we don't actually expect him to push Bernard aside.  The former Tar Heel can provide the offense a dynamic presence it has long lacked outside of WR A.J. Green.  Bernard doesn't appear likely to lead the team in carries as a rookie, however.  Of course, that shouldn't keep you from drafting him in the middle rounds.

The Bengals have made UNC RB Giovani Bernard the 1st back drafted this year.  An all-purpose stud last year, Bernard can contribute right away as a return man and in a 3rd-down type role.  His arrival should keep RB Bernard Scott irrelevant.  It should also cut into RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis' workload.  Don't be surprised if Bernard claims primary carries by 2014.  He brings a high fantasy ceiling but also risk, thanks to multiple lower-body injuries in college.  Look for Bernard in the double-digit rounds of redraft leagues this year.  He'll likely go among the top 5 in most dynasty rookie drafts.

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