Signed with Bengals as a free agent the week of the season opener ... On roster for 15 games, and for Wild Card playoff, but was inactive for each contest ... A second-round draft choice of Denver in 2009, he played in 29 games with four starts for Broncos over 2009-10 ... Closed 2011 season with Washington and was with Redskins through the ’12 preseason ... Received All-America recognition in college at North Carolina.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Denver in second round of 2009 NFL Draft (64th overall) ... Signed with Broncos on 7-23-09 ... Waived on 8-26-11 (injury settlement) ... Signed on 12-13-11 as free agent with Washington ... Waived by Redskins on 9-1-12 ... Signed on 9-4-12 as free agent with Cincinnati ... Waived on 9-29-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 10-2-12.
2012 RECAP: Played in all four preseason games for Washington (one catch for nine yards) ... Signed with Bengals after being waived by Redskins, and was inactive for Games 1-3 and 5-16, and for Wild Card playoff.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009—Played 15 games as rookie with Denver (no catches) ... Had two special teams tackles ... Had special teams pass defensed to break up fake punt Dec. 6 at Kansas City ... Had 19-yard kickoff return Dec. 27 at Philadelphia.
2010—Saw action in 14 games with four starts for Denver ... One catch for nine yards Dec. 19 at Oakland ... Tied for fifth on team in special teams tackles (eight) ... Made first career start in Denver’s International Series game vs. San Francisco on Oct. 31 in London.
2011—Opened preseason with Denver ... Missed first two Broncos preseason games due to an injury, and was waived with an injury settlement prior to the third game ... Signed on Dec. 13 with Washington as free agent ... Played (no statistics) Dec. 18 at N.Y. Giants ... Active-DNP Dec. 24 vs. Minnesota, and inactive 1-1-12 at Philadelphia.
COLLEGE: Played in 34 games with 20 starts at North Carolina ... Saw action in 2005 and ’07-08 seasons, with a medical redshirt in ’06 ... Developed into one of nation’s top blocking tight ends and earned All-America honors ... Totaled 12 career receptions for 124 yards and two TDs.
PERSONAL: Born in Huntsville, Ala. ... Attended Butler High School in Huntsville as a freshman and sophomore before moving to Maple Heights, Ohio, where he played as a junior and senior, earning all-conference and all-district honors ... Exercise and sports science major at North Carolina ... Father, Richard, was a U.S. Marine.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard talks to the "NFL Total Access" guys about the off-the-field challenges of transitioning to life in the NFL.
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