Giovani Bernard Fantasy Football News 2021

The Bucs signed RB Gio Bernard, 5 days after he was dumped by the Bengals. The 29-year-old has averaged less than 4 yards per carry in 3 straight seasons. But he's remained useful in the passing game, catching 112 balls and averaging 7.2 yards per. Bernard will be no better than 3rd in line for carries in the Bucs backfield behind Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones but could siphon receptions from both guys.

The Bengals released RB Gio Bernard, saving $4.2 million against the 2021 salary cap. Bernard has been a thorn in RB Joe Mixon's side, averaging 3.5 targets and 2.6 catches per game over the past 4 season. Cincinnati now has only Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams behind Mixon on the depth chart. We'll see if they make any additions, but Mixon should be in for more work in the passing game this season. The 29-year-old Bernard, meanwhile, is unlikely to be a 2021 fantasy factor.

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Bengals RB Gio Bernard (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He’s a RB3 or flex with QB Brandon Allen under center.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (concussion) is expected to play against the Giants today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bernard has tallied 12 targets over the past 2 games but handled just 17 of 34 RB carries. With Brandon Allen now under center for Cincinnati, Bernard looks like just a RB3 or flex play.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Giants. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, and HC Zac Taylor said he "feels good" about Bernard's chances of playing. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. Between a dwindling ball-carrying role (17 carries over the last 2 weeks) and the loss of QB Joe Burrow, Bernard looks like just a low-upside RB3 now.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. So he's made some progress through the protocol. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow and how he's listed on the final injury report ahead of Sunday's game vs. the Giants.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion. It's the first we've heard of it and has his availability for Sunday's game against the Giants in question. Bernard's absence would leave Cincinnati's backfield to Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams.

Bengals RB Gio Bernard is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens after injuring his knee in the 1st half. Bernard has been playing quite a bit on passing downs this season, so his absence is a boost to RB Joe Mixon.

Update: Bernard returned in the 2nd half.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. HC Zac Taylor said earlier this week that Mixon might not practice at all, so this doesn't exactly tell us much about his Week 2 availability. But it'd sure be nice to see him get back on the field tomorrow. Check back then for another update -- and make sure RB Gio Bernard is rostered in your league.

The MRI on Bengals RB Joe Mixon's injured ankle came back "all good," a source tells NFL Network's Pelissero. Mixon reportedly has a shot to play Week 2 against the 49ers. We'll track his status this coming week, but RB Gio Bernard is still worth adding in leagues where he's available.

"Early reports are optimistic" on Bengals RB Joe Mixon's injured ankle, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. He's believed to have "just an ankle sprain." It sounds like Mixon avoided the dreaded high sprain, which would have cost him multiple weeks. We still wouldn't consider him a lock for Week 2, though, and would be grabbing RB Gio Bernard wherever he's available. Bernard racked up 27 carries and 13 targets in the 2 games Mixon missed last year.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon hurt his ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Seattle and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one. Mixon's absence has Gio Bernard operating as Cincinnati's lead back.

The Bengals and RB Gio Bernard have agreed to a 2-year, $10.3 million extension, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The deal locks him up through the 2021 campaign. And the $5.15 million per year makes Bernard the league's 11th highest-paid RB in average annual salary. It's a surprising chunk of change and might hint at Bernard playing a bigger role alongside Joe Mixon this season. We'll start to find out when the Bengals open their season in Seattle this weekend.

The Bengals grabbed Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams in Round 6 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams turned in an impressive 3-year career for the Aggies, topping 1,000 rushing yards as a freshman and ripping off 1,760 yards and 18 scores on 6.5 yards per carry this past season. He also totaled 66 catches for 561 yards and 1 TD. Williams is a bit undersized at 5’8 and 206 pounds, though, and disappointed with a 15th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’ll likely max out as a change-of-pace back as a pro. He joins a crowded backfield in Cincinnati behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. But it’s worth noting that Bernard is set to hit free agency next offseason.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with a knee. We don't have any other details at this point, although it's certainly worth noting that Mixon missed 2 games earlier this season with a knee injury. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. If Mixon can't play against the Ravens this weekend, Gio Bernard would step in as Cincinnati's lead back and be a viable fantasy starter.

 
 
 

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