Giovani Bernard

#25 RB / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 10YRS Height: 5-9 Weight: 205 lb Age: 30 College: North Carolina Bye 11

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  • Bernard is re-signing with the Buccaneers on a one-year contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The 30-year-old RB reportedly fielded offers from multiple teams before deciding to stay in Tampa Bay, where he had eight carries and 23 catches in 12 games last season. Bernard should continue to have a role on third downs, though Leonard Fournette -- also re-signed this offseason -- has proven capable of handling much of the receiving workload out of the backfield. The Bucs did lose Ronald Jones to the Chiefs in March, but he and Bernard were never competing for the same snaps anyway.

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  • Bernard did not log a rush attempt and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday. He also returned one punt for two yards. The veteran running back logged just nine snaps from scrimmage with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) back in the fold, and no other running back but the latter ended up seeing any carries. Bernard was serviceable when given opportunities this past season, even though those were few and far between. The 30-year-old rushed just eight times for 58 yards, but he did bring in 23 of 29 targets for 123 yards and three touchdowns across 12 regular-season games. He also enjoyed his most productive performance by far during the wild-card win over the Eagles, when he rushed 13 times for 44 yards and a touchdown and added another 39 yards on five grabs. Bernard is due to head back into unrestricted free agency at the start of the new league year, and it remains to be seen if he and the Buccaneers will be interested in having him remain in Tampa.

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  • Bernard's teammate, Leonard Fournette (hamstring), has been activated off IR by the Buccaneers ahead of Sunday's playoff game against the Rams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Meanwhile, Ronald Jones (ankle) remains out this week, but with Fournette set to see his first game action since Week 15, both Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn -- who shared backfield work in the team's wild-card win over the Eagles last weekend -- figure to see decreased volume Sunday. Though Bernard could still potentially make his mark in a change-of-pace role, his divisional-round fantasy ceiling takes a hit with Fournette's return to the mix.

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  • Bernard (hip/knee) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Bernard's full practice participation Friday put any doubts about his availability to rest. Meanwhile, Ronald Jones (ankle) has been ruled out and Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains on IR. A decision on Fournette's status will come down before 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, at which time it will be made clear whether Bernard will work as part of a three-man backfield or split touches with Ke'Shawn Vaughn, as was the case in the wild-card round win over the Eagles. Bernard thrived as part of a two-man timeshare against Philadelphia, totaling 83 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 18 touches.

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  • Bernard (hip/knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Despite having a cap on his reps in back-to-back sessions to begin the week, Bernard is the third biggest question mark in the Buccaneers backfield. Leonard Fournette has practiced both days this week but still is on IR due to a strained hamstring, while Ronald Jones was absent both days as he tends to an ankle injury. The team has until 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday to bring back Fournette to the active roster, but if he and Jones can't suit up Sunday versus the Rams, Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn likely will share the RB load this weekend, assuming Bernard is active.

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WK OPP RUATT RUYD RUTD RECPT REYD RETD FPTS
1 DAL 0 0 0 2 12 0 1
2 ATL 0 0 0 2 16 0 1
3 @LAR 0 0 0 9 51 1 11
*4 @NE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 MIA 4 21 0 2 14 1 9
6 @PHI 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
7 CHI 0 0 0 2 5 0 0
8 @NO 2 30 0 1 7 1 9
9 BYE - - - - - - -
10 @WAS 1 4 0 1 4 0 0
11 NYG 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
12 @IND 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 @ATL 1 3 0 1 7 0 0
14 BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*15 NO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*16 @CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*17 @NYJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*18 CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
1 09/11 @Dallas Cowboys 6 14.44
2 09/18 @New Orleans Saints 2 13.18
3 09/25 Green Bay Packers 8 14.78
4 10/02 Kansas City Chiefs 10 15.10
5 10/09 Atlanta Falcons 23 18.76
6 10/16 @Pittsburgh Steelers 27 20.11
7 10/23 @Carolina Panthers 12 16.06
8 10/27 Baltimore Ravens 11 15.82
9 11/06 Los Angeles Rams 9 14.95
10 11/13 Seattle Seahawks 29 21.35
11 BYE - - -
12 11/27 @Cleveland Browns 15 16.18
13 12/05 New Orleans Saints 2 13.18
14 12/11 @San Francisco 49ers 7 14.60
15 12/18 Cincinnati Bengals 17 16.57
16 12/25 @Arizona Cardinals 3 13.78
17 01/01 Carolina Panthers 12 16.06
18 01/08 @Atlanta Falcons 23 18.76

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Career Stats

Season RuAtt RuYd RuTD Recpt ReYd ReTD FPTS
2022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 8 58 0 23 123 3 35
2020 124 416 3 47 355 3 110
2019 53 170 0 30 234 0 38
2018 56 211 3 35 218 0 60
2017 105 458 2 43 389 2 107
2016 91 337 2 39 336 1 82
2015 154 730 2 49 472 0 132
2014 168 680 5 43 349 2 144
2013 170 695 5 56 514 3 166
3 Year Avg 62 215 1 33 237 2 60
Career 929 3755 22 365 2990 14

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