Giovani Bernard could exceed expectations for the Bengals this season

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Giovani Bernard could exceed expectations for the Bengals this season

Post by linchao » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:08 am

Bernard has frequently found himself as the second option on the Bengals running back depth chart http://www.cincinnatibengalsshop.com/ch ... son-jersey , despite often outplaying whoever has been in front of him. As a rookie, it was BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and over the past four years it was Jeremy Hill. Last year, it was also Joe Mixon.For his career, Bernard has taken about a 40/60 split with his fellow running backs with the rushing duties and often ceded short yardage and touchdown carries. Despite this, since joining the Bengals in 2013, Bernard has almost an identical yards from scrimmage as Green-Ellis, Hill, and Mixon combined, despite touching the ball 285 fewer times.Bernard has gained over 2,000 receiving yards since being drafted which is good enough for tenth best in the entire 2013 draft class, even outpacing a trio of wide receivers and a tight end who were drafted in the first and second rounds, ahead of him.What are his chances of making the roster, and where does he currently stand in the pecking order at his position?Giovani BernardHeight: 5’9”Weight: 205 poundsCollege: North CarolinaHometown: Fort Lauderdale, FLExperience: Sixth-Year PlayerCap StatusBernard has two years remaining on a 3-year, $15.5M contract that he signed with the Bengals which took effect after his original rookie contract. The deal will keep him in Cincinnati until 2020, when he is scheduled to enter free agency.The annual average compensation of $5.167M per season makes Bernard the ninth highest paid running back in the NFL. Among the Bengals his average is eleventh highest on the team. BackgroundMost of the self-appointed draft experts had Bernard near the top of their running back board, if not at the very top, for the 2013 draft. He joined the Bengals as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. With no running backs selected in the first round, Bernard was the top overall running back selected in 2013 and has arguably been the second most successful, behind the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell who was drafted 11 picks later, at #48 overall.Bernard was selected with pick #37 overall, which came to the Bengals as a package of two picks from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Carson Palmer. Bernard was actually one of two running backs that the Bengals drafted in 2013 http://www.cincinnatibengalsshop.com/ch ... lem-jersey , selecting Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead in the sixth round.As a freshman at the University of North Carolina, he tore his ACL on the third day of practice and missed his entire first season. In his second season, his redshirt freshman year, he emerged as the team’s starter, compiling 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns on the group, as well as 362 yards and 45 receptions thru the air. UNC changed their offense for Bernard’s redshirt sophomore season, but he still did well, rushing for over 1,200 yards and added 12 touchdowns. He also collected 47 receptions for 490 receiving yards and five touchdowns.In college, he was an elusive, shifty type of running back who could also serve as a good receiver. He was quick with good vision with the ball in his hands and operated well out in space. Essentially, his traits were that of a great third-down back who could be productive on first and second down, as well.In hindsight, the 2013 draft was rather awful at the top. Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan were the top three picks, with Barkevious Mingo, Jonathan Cooper, Tavon Austin and Dee Milliner also in the top 10. So, to find anything of value was a job well done, and the Bengals did a good job selecting Bernard.2018 outlookBarring an unforeseen and abrupt retirement from the NFL, Bernard is essentially assured of a spot on the Bengals roster and a big role in the offense. The Bengals have little depth and experience behind him and Joe Mixon, so there is zero percent chance of Bernard being outplayed and losing his roster spot at any point – especially given Marvin Lewis’ penchant for favoring veterans to a fault.Bernard is a good Bengals Alex Redmond Jersey , veteran player at a position that doesn’t have a lot of depth on the roster.Bengals injury roundup following the win over the Falcons The Bengals piled up a few nicks and bruises against the Falcons on Sunday. There was one major injury, but aside from that, the Bengals left Atlanta relatively healthy and with a win. Hopefully, nothing sustained will keep anyone out as the Bengals get set to take on the Dolphins on Sunday. We have to start off with the bad news though.Tyler EifertTight end Tyler Eifert’s injury obviously was the most soul-crushing of any injury on Sunday. He caught a short screen pass, and his foot got caught as the defender rolled on his leg. It was very clear that his ankle was terribly injured as it seemed his foot was going the wrong direction. Eifert had caught his first touchdown of the season in Atlanta, and he was heavily involved in the game as the Falcons were dealing with injuries at safety and linebacker.Eifert’s season is over. The next steps in his career will depend on his recovery. Will he be a Bengal or even able to continue his football career after this injury? Eifert’s injury history is well documented as he hasn’t been healthy for a full season in any of his six NFL seasons.Even Marvin Lewis admitted Sunday that Eifert’s string of injuries is as unfortunate as he’s seen from an NFL player. “I would imagine. It’s a shame. I told him yesterday, ‘you’re good at this’. He said, ‘I do it all the time, don’t I? I really do it the right way.’ He will fight back. But it’s a shame.”William JacksonWilliam Jackson also hurt his finger during the game. He was listed as probable to return, but it was clear he was in plenty of pain. He missed one drive, but he returned midway through the fourth quarter before leaving again after a couple of plays.This was just part of a horrific game for Jackson, who actually earned a team-low 28.3 Pro Football Focus grade. One has to wonder how much the injury played into that and if Jackson has something else that’s bothering him. He’s taken a big step back from what he was in 2017. Mark WaltonRookie running back Mark Walton was also briefly checked for a concussion. That left the Bengals with only Giovani Bernard at running back. That led to wide receiver Alex Erickson getting a rushing attempt.The good news is Walton eventually returned to the game, so he should be good to go in Week 5 vs. the Dolphins. Hopefully Joe Mixon will be back, too.Cincinnati went into the game without Mixon (knee) and rookie center Billy Price (foot). Mixon showed great signs of being available next week, though. He sprinted down the field to tackle A.J. Green following his game-winning touchdown. He was also all over the sidelines cheering on his teammates during the game, so it looks like he’s feeling good.John RossWide receiver John Ross caught a huge touchdown pass in the first quarter. He limped off initially, and was clearly hurting as he crossed into the end zone, but he returned to game after that. In the second half, he limped off after he was targeted. It seemed to have an impact on his ability to play as we saw more of Erickson and even Cody Core when Ross would usually be in there. Following the game, it was revealed that Ross had pulled his groin. We’ll find out on Wednesday if he practices and whether it’s as a full participant.



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