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25 Giovani Bernard RB

Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
98%51%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
111576364.150

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Fantasy Analysis | 1418602804
Jeremy Hill pulls away from Giovani Bernard
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Getting the start Week 15 at Cleveland only days after offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he wanted one running back to dominate the carries, Jeremy Hill did exactly that, rushing 25 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

So why did Giovani Bernard also rush 15 times for 79 yards? The flow of the game had a lot to do with it. The Bengals were never really challenged during their 30-0 win, so in the fourth quarter, Bernard became more than just a change-of-pace option. He got seven of his carries on consecutive plays on the team's final drive.

When Bernard was sidelined by a hip injury in Weeks 9-11, Hill carried the load and looked like a natural with it, averaging 120.3 yards on the ground. He likely cemented the feature role with his performance in Week 15, relegating Bernard to more of a backup role.

You wouldn't know it just by looking at the box score, but given the way the carries were distributed over the course of Week 15, Hill looks like a must-start for Week 16 against Denver, and Bernard looks like an advisable sit. Most likely, the Bengals won't be running away with that game.

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Bengals RB Giovani Bernard contributes to easy win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got passed over during the week when Marvin Lewis decided to start Jeremy Hill instead, but he got plenty of work Sunday in Cleveland and performed well.

Bernard rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries and caught all three targets for 14 yards in the shutout victory. He was particularly effective after intermission with 54 yards rushing in 10 attempts.

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Bengals RB Hill set to start over Bernard against Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Bengals are set to start Jeremy Hill as their featured back Sunday in Cleveland. It remains to be seen how his reps are divided with those of backfield mate Giovani Bernard.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has stated that he would like to see one back receive a bulk of the carries so he can get into a rhythm.

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Bengals OC: I'd like Hill or Bernard to dominate reps
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has watched running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill receive a nearly equal split of carries over the last three games - but that's not his preference.

"I'm used to having one guy kind of dominate some carries because in order for backs to be really good, they've got to get lathered up to play," Jackson told the team website. "You've got to get a feel for the game. We have two capable guys and they're different guys and we'll let it play itself out, but I think we have a pretty good idea which way we're headed. ... I just don't think I did a very good job this past week."

The pair combined for just 14 carries for 63 yards in the loss to Pittsburgh. The Bengals are awaiting a critical game in Cleveland on Sunday.

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Bengals could move to one featured running back vs. Browns
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson sounds like he's moving towards using one featured running back to receive the lion's share of the touches in the team's Week 15 matchup with the Browns, the team's website reports.

"I'm used to having one guy kind of dominate some carries because in order for backs to be really good, they've got to get lathered up to play," Jackson said after Wednesday’s practice. "You've got to get a feel for the game. We have two capable guys and they're different guys and we'll let it play itself out, but I think we have a pretty good idea which way we're headed…Those guys are very capable. I just don't think I did a very good job this past week."

Jeremy Hill rushed for 46 yards on eight carries in Week 14 while Giovani Bernard managed 17 yards on six carries. Since Bernard returned from injury three weeks ago, Hill has carried the ball 39 times, versus 33 carries for Bernard. On the season, Hill has racked up 4.8 yards per carry, while Bernard has managed just 3.9 yards per carry.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.AttYdsLgTD
19/7/14BAL1448160
29/14/14ATL2790121
39/21/14TEN1447122
510/5/14NE1362130
610/12/14CAR18137891
710/19/14IND71760
810/26/14BAL164581
911/2/14JAC0000
1011/6/14CLE0000
1111/16/14NO0000
1211/23/14HOU1745190
1311/30/14TB1049150
1412/7/14PIT61740
1512/14/14CLE1579140
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
1612/22/14DEN8:30 pm
1712/28/14@ PIT1:00 pm
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2013Cincinnati Bengals1601706954.1355332
2014Cincinnati Bengals1191576364.1895130
TOTAL27932713314.18910462
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2013Cincinnati Bengals160565149.24139121
2014Cincinnati Bengals119312488.0460319
TOTAL279877628.846312230
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Cincinnati Bengals1611.000000.0000
2014Cincinnati Bengals1122.000000.0000
TOTAL2733.000000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013Cincinnati Bengals1611010010
2014Cincinnati Bengals1100100000
TOTAL2711110010
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-9/208
Birthdate:
11/22/1991
Age:
23
Hometown:
West Palm Beach, FL, USA
School:
North Carolina
NFL Experience:
2
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