Bernard enjoyed a productive sophomore NFL season despite missing three games due to hip and clavicle injuries ... Returned to action Nov. 23 at Houston after missing Games 8-10 ... Ranked third on team in scrimmage yards (1029) and second in total TDs (seven) ... Rushed for career-high 137 yards on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, including 89-yard TD run, the second-longest rush in Bengals history ... Has the ability to create highlight-reel plays in the open field ... His 56 receptions in ’13 stand as franchise record for RBs.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2013 NFL Draft (37th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-13.
2014 general: Started at HB in Games 1-7, 11 and 13 ... Came off bench in Games 12 and 14-16 ... Inactive for Games 8-10, due to hip and clavicle injuries suffered Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... Rushed 168-for-680 (4.0) with five TDs and caught 43-for-349 with two TDs.
2014 game-by-game: Rushed 14-for-48 on Sept. 7 vs. Baltimore and tied for team lead in receptions, catching six-for-62 .... Tallied a career-best 169 yards from scrimmage (team high for the season) on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, rushing 27-for-90, with a four-yard TD, and catching a team-high five-for-79 ... Rushed 14-for-47 with two one-yard TD runs on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee ... On Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, had 18 rushes for a career-high 137 yards (7.6), with an 89-yard TD, second-longest rush in Bengals history ... Returned to starting lineup on Nov. 23 at Houston after missing three games, and rushed 17-for-45 and had two catches for 22 yards ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, led team with 49 rushing yards on 10 carries (4.9) and had one catch for four yards ... Logged 103 scrimmage yards on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, rushing 15-for-79 (5.3) and caught three-for-24, including key 14-yard reception to Browns five on a third-down play on opening TD drive. ... Rushed eight-for-36 (4.5) and caught five-for-45 with a TD on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, his TD coming on a 22-yard catch-and-run to extend the Bengals lead to 27-14 in third quarter ... Rushed three-for-eight and caught seven-for-56 with a receiving on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... His TD at Pittsburgh came as Andy Dalton hit him in stride with a shovel pass, which he took 17 yards diving into the end zone.2013 : Played in Games 1-16, rushing 170-for-695 (4.1) with five TDs and catching 56-for-514 and three TDs ... His 56 catches set team record for a RB, surpassing 55 by James Brooks in 1985 ... The only two reception yards totals by a Bengals RB to top Bernard’s 514 have been 686 by Brooks in 1986 and 576 by Brooks in 1985 ... Third on team in total TDs (eight) and second on team in receptions (56) ... His 1209 yards from scrimmage ranked second on team, behind WR A.J. Green, and his total was second-most in Bengals history by a rookie, behind only 1388 by HB Corey Dillon in 1997 ... Bernard’s 56 receptions were franchise’s most by any RB, rookie or veteran, and his 514 receiving yards were third-most for any RB ... Led the team in offensive touches (226) ... Selected to All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association ... Rushed four-for-22 and had one catch for eight yards in NFL debut Sept. 8 at Chicago ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, became first Bengals rookie to score rushing and receiving TD in same game since FB Craig Taylor in 1989, logging seven-yard rushing score and 27-yard receiving TD ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (99) on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, rushing 10-for-50 with TD and catching four-for-49 ... Led team in scrimmage yards (75) Sept. 29 at Cleveland, rushing 10-for-37 with six-for-38 receiving ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (69) for third consecutive week Oct. 6 vs. New England, rushing 13-for-62 with two-for-seven receiving ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, had 100 scrimmage yards (72 receiving and 28 rushing), scoring 20-yard TD on shovel pass in second quarter and adding key 23-yard receiving gain in OT ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, had key eight-yard reception as time was ticking down to set up game-winning FG ... On Oct. 31 at Miami, scored two TDs, including 35-yard highlight reel effort on which he appeared to be stopped for a loss but reversed field and slipped multiple tackles en route to end zone ... Led team in scrimmage yards (86) on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, rushing 10-for-45 (4.5) and catching four-for-41 ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, rushed for team season-high 99 yards on 12 carries (8.3) and caught four-for-49, leading team in scrimmage yards with personal season-high of 148 ... His two-for-47 receiving Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota included another highlight-reel effort — 41 yards on a screen pass to Vikings’ seven ... Logged 118 scrimmage yards in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego (12-45 rushing and 7-73 receiving).
Packers running back Eddie Lacy may have won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got a consolation pat on the back from a Hall of Famer.
After Giovani Bernard's career game charged the Bengals 42-21 victory over the Colts on Sunday, these were the two names buzzing around the Rookie of the Year candidate: James Brooks and Ray Rice.
Both Bennie and The Jet stood tall in Sunday's 13-6 victory over the Patriots at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium.