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Bengals1181
06-13-2014, 12:12 PM
It's looking more and more likely Bernard is going to explode this season. He already set the franchise record for receptions by a running back last year.



What are your expectations for him this year?

JBandJoeyV
06-13-2014, 01:09 PM
Rushing yards not a whole lot different. Maybe a few more carries and a little more YPC. With that being said I think he'll add an extra 10-15 catches or so.

Last year he had 1200 total yards and 8 Tds. If he stays healthy I could see it being closer to 1400 and 10-12tds.

gatorclaws
06-13-2014, 01:43 PM
I expect it will be tough to get him in fantasy football. He's primed to explode.

happyrid
06-13-2014, 01:47 PM
Much of it depends upon how quickly Hill gets up to speed and how good he is.

If they think Hill is a guy who needs to get his 13-15 touches a game, then Gio might only slightly improve on his 2013 numbers (maybe 200 carries, 900 yards. 60 catches 500 yards.).

If Hill is a bit more of a work in progress (say 8-10 touches a game), then Gio could have a monster "young Ray Rice" type of season with 250 carries and a ton of catches.

For the Bengals sake, we should probably hope for the former. It would keep Gio fresher for late in the year and hopefully the playoffs and give him a better chance at having a long career.

Bengals1181
06-13-2014, 02:11 PM
Rushing yards not a whole lot different. Maybe a few more carries and a little more YPC. With that being said I think he'll add an extra 10-15 catches or so.

Last year he had 1200 total yards and 8 Tds. If he stays healthy I could see it being closer to 1400 and 10-12tds.



you really think his carries stay pretty much the same? While they aren't going to make him a bellcow, I'll be shocked if he doesn't add say at least 30 carries. From 170 to maybe say 205-210.

Tigris
06-13-2014, 02:42 PM
^ agree. Carries come up.

Bengals1181
06-13-2014, 02:49 PM
as an example, Ray Rice jumped from 107 to 254.

That's a bit too big of a jump, and maybe why he hasn't been that good lately, but a jump is to be expected. Rice's receptions also went from 33 to 78.

Oldcat
06-13-2014, 03:41 PM
you really think his carries stay pretty much the same? While they aren't going to make him a bellcow, I'll be shocked if he doesn't add say at least 30 carries. From 170 to maybe say 205-210.

30 carries would be just about 2 more a game.

Bengals1181
06-13-2014, 03:47 PM
30 carries would be just about 2 more a game.

correct. Hue likes to use a full stable so I don't think he'll put it all on Gio. I'd expect Hill, and maybe even Burkhead, to get a number of carries.

whodeyjc
06-13-2014, 03:57 PM
I want to pounce on him in FF, but I just have a feeling that Hill is going to be the go to for short yardage and near the goal-line. I think Hill steals some catches as well.

What I do know is he is going to produce some serious holy **** moments this year.

Oldcat
06-13-2014, 04:11 PM
Just draft both, and play them every week. All your fantasy players should be Bengals anyway.

Bengals1181
06-25-2014, 12:12 AM
Rising Stars: Giovani Bernard ready to step up for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014Jun 24, 2014
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The NFL season is just over a month away with the coming of the NFL Hall of Fame game on August 3rd. The whirlwind of another season will follow, with new storylines, new front-runners and, most interestingly, new stars. For a stackedCincinnati Bengals (http://www.chatsports.com/cincinnati-bengals) team, one of those new stars could make the difference in the rugged AFC North, and there’s no more intriguing talent than running back Giovani Bernard.
Player predictions in late June always seem to have a “shot in the dark” element to them, but Bernard is a player that warrants discussion following an 11-5 season where he contributed 695 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, as well as 514 yards receiving with three touchdowns as the offense’s receiving back.
Sure… over 1,200 all-purpose yards (1,209 total – 40th in the NFL (http://www.playerfilter.com/nfl/all-purpose-yards-leaders/#/g,r;tyds,r,desc;ryds;recyds;kryds;pryds;dintcy;&s=t&gtf=2013)) is exceptional in its own right, but I believe that Bernard will play even a larger role in the 2014 season considering his immense talent and the introduction of Hue Jackson as Cincinnati’s new offensive coordinator.

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First of all, we need to acknowledge the skills that Bernard brings to the offense. He is tremendous in the open field, possessing great quickness and top-flight speed the Bengals haven’t seen in a number one runner since perhaps Corey Dillon.
Despite adjusting to the NFL game as a rookie, Bernard played capably as a pass protector and is exceptional catching the ball out of the backfield. While questions remain about his ability to be a workhorse back, the Bengals drafted LSU’s Jeremy Hill to be the physical runner and spare Bernard some hits. Bernard’s potential alone is intriguing, but what could push him into the stratosphere is having Jackson as offensive coordinator.
First of all, we can assume Hill and Bernard are the guys in Cincinnati. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been seeing second-team reps behind the two youngsters and with “The Law Firm” turning 29 on July 2nd, he’ll most likely be out the door by Week 1 (his contract is too big for a third-string back anyway).
Now, the reason why Jackson makes all the difference here is due to his offensive philosophy – essentially a power run game that simplifies the passing attack for the quarterback. That not only means that quarterback Andy Dalton should look better this season, but also means that the running backs will see many more carries with the expectation of improving on Cincinnati’s 18th ranked rushing attack from a year ago.

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More intriguing to Bengals fans is Jackson’s resume when it comes to implementing this punishing style of attack. Remember, he was with Oakland in 2010 as the offensive coordinator and in 2011 as the head coach. In 2010, the Raiders were second in the league in rushing with 155.9 yards per game.
Starting running back Darren McFadden finished with 1,157 yards on the ground in what will probably be the best season of his injury-riddled career. In 2011, Oakland was seventh in the NFL in rushing (131.9 yards per game), despite McFadden only playing in seven games and rushing for 614 yards (which led the NFL when he went on injured reserve). Bernard and McFadden are very different backs, but the point remains that Jackson knows how to get the best out of talented players – particularly running backs.
With Green-Ellis most likely on his way out and a new offensive coordinator reestablishing the run game in Cincinnati, Bernard could be the league’s breakout player in 2014. Bernard touched the ball 226 times last season (170 rushing attempts and 56 catches) and managed 1,206 total yards. He’ll certainly be touching the ball more than that this season, and with his ability, Bernard could make a huge impact on an already-stacked Cincinnati team. He fits the bill of a rising star in this league, and could be in for a huge 2014.

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Bengals1181
08-14-2014, 11:15 AM
Cincinnati Bengals: Who’s The Next Rising Star?
by Matthew Willson (http://stripehype.com/author/matthewwillson/) 18h ago


http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/59/files/2014/08/giovani-bernard-nfl-baltimore-ravens-cincinnati-bengals-590x900.jpg (http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/59/files/2014/08/giovani-bernard-nfl-baltimore-ravens-cincinnati-bengals.jpg)Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

When the Cincinnati Bengals ended last year, it was clear that Vontaze Burfict was the team MVP for the 2013 season. He picked up the defense when it’s leader, Geno Atkins, went down with an ACL tear, and league in combined tackles. So, What about this year? Who will be the Bengals next rising?

Last year, Giovani Bernard got his feet wet in an offense that seemed to abandon the run quickly in games, and when he had opportunities to shine, he did just that. Who can forget the Miami game where he bounced off of tacklers, reversed field, and scored. His stats though didn’t reflect the team’s best run in years.

This year, I think it can be different. He has a familiar face on the offensive line. Russell Bodine was the center in North Carolina and he played in front of Bernard there. Bodine will have a better handle on Bernard’s tendencies in the run game, and likewise, Bernard knows how to read Bodine’s blocks and assignments.

Now, I am not saying that he is suddenly going to adopt the ground and pound style of running, but what I am saying is it reading blocks and adjusting his running line could help the run game become a more solid place in the Bengals offense. It also means that Giovani Bernard has a better chance to get comfortable in the back field and in his running back duties this season.

I think Bernard has a strong potential to get over 1,000 rushing yards and increasing his goal line production with 10 touchdowns, essentially doubling his production from last year. It is never a gaurentee, but if he can continue to improve and become the Bengals primary back, then his stock will soar.

Giovani Bernard is my pick for this season’s best potential to be the next rising star in Cincinnati.

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Cincity
08-14-2014, 11:24 AM
you really think his carries stay pretty much the same? While they aren't going to make him a bellcow, I'll be shocked if he doesn't add say at least 30 carries. From 170 to maybe say 205-210.

I think he'll get a few more carries, I see him at about 700/700 rushing and receiving... That being said, this year with Hill, I don't mind Gio splitting the carries equally. Last year BJGE was was "occasionally" effective. I think Hill adds much more with the carries he's allotted as opposed to what BJGE did.

Bengals1181
08-14-2014, 11:37 AM
I think he'll get a few more carries, I see him at about 700/700 rushing and receiving... That being said, this year with Hill, I don't mind Gio splitting the carries equally. Last year BJGE was was "occasionally" effective. I think Hill adds much more with the carries he's allotted as opposed to what BJGE did.




agreed.

Oldcat
08-14-2014, 02:57 PM
agreed.

If we get our line issues improved all the RBs could be much improved. There were plenty of plays that Bernard was met in the backfield before he got started and gained nothing. Getting blocks sustained can only help that.

Bengals1181
08-19-2014, 05:15 PM
Bengals' Bernard 88th in player rankings
AUG 19
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By Coley Harvey (http://search.espn.go.com/coley-harvey/) | ESPN.com





CINCINNATI -- Earlier this summer, many of the people behind ESPN's NFL coverage sat down and ranked the best current players in the league.

It was all for ESPN.com's #NFLRank series, which debuted Monday with player rankings 100-91. Offensive players (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11258686/2014-nfl-player-rankings-offense-#nflrank-100-91) and defensive players (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11258690/2014-nfl-player-rankings-defense-100-91) were separated, meaning the rankings cover the top 100 players on offense and the top 100 on defense. On Tuesday, the countdown reached players 90-81.

Cincinnati Bengals (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals?ex_cid=null) offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9641/andrew-whitworth?ex_cid=null) made it on Monday's reveal, landing at No. 92 among offensive players. Running back Giovani Bernard (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15826/giovani-bernard?ex_cid=null) was part of Tuesday's rankings, coming in at No. 88.

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Bernard
While Whitworth's ranking was a little surprising (http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/10149/bengals-andrew-whitworth-nfl-rank-player-rankings-92) considering he was named the No. 9 player on Pro Football Focus' top 101 players list earlier this year (https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/05/15/the-pff-101-no-9-andrew-whitworth/), Bernard's fell right in line for a second-year player who still is gaining league notoriety. He didn't have the most rushing yards, nor did he have the most total yards among backs, but he was one of the more valuable pieces on his team. He also was one of the better skill position rookies in the NFL.

Only Green Bay's Eddie Lacy (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15848/eddie-lacy?ex_cid=null) and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell had more total yards among league rookies in 2013.

To his credit, Bernard collected 1,209 yards and had eight touchdowns last season. He was also among the most dynamic players last season, routinely rattling off highlight-worthy runs. His field-crossing, zigzagging 35-yard touchdown run at Miami has been upheld as the best in a series of similar head-turning runs. He seems poised to have even more in Year 2.

These rankings are based on votes from 90 of our NFL experts. Yes, that group includes yours truly, along with the other 32 team reporters who make up NFL Nation. Here is thefull list of voters (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11316594/voters).

You can read the full 100-91 breakdown here (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11258686/2014-nfl-player-rankings-offense-#nflrank-100-91).

Bernard's No. 88 ranking comes after he was unranked last summer. His rise shows that he is gaining notoriety now that he has played a full season. That rise also came with him earning a 6.62 average vote, tying him with Broncos guard Luis Vasquez (http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/31512/luis-vasquez?ex_cid=null) and Patriots tackleSebastian Vollmer (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12626/sebastian-vollmer?ex_cid=null). Vasquez and Vollmer ranked 87th and 86th, respectively, because they had more ballots with higher numbers than Bernard.

Here's the blurb on Bernard from the #NFLRank rankings:
The Bengals averaged 5.8 yards per play with Giovani Bernard on the field last season and 4.9 yards per play with him off the field.
-- ESPN Stats & Information

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