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.
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.
The Bengals believe rookie RB Rodney Anderson tore his right ACL in Thursday night's preseason finale, ESPN reports. That would make the 2nd straight season in which Anderson tore the ligament in that knee. We've seen a few recent examples of players returning from multiple ACL tears -- even to the same knee -- but the injury doesn't bode well for the 6th-rounder's long-term outlook. If he's on your dynasty roster bubble, feel free to let Anderson go. The situation helps the outlook of fellow Cincinnati 6th-round RB Trayveon Williams, though. Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is in the final year of his contract.
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.