Bernard has been the change of pace back for Cincinnati since his rookie year in 2013 when he provided speed and play-making ability that incumbent starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis lacked. While Bernard had a great rookie year (totaling 1,209 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns), he has only started 12 games in four years, and has never gone over 200 carries in a single season. What Gio brings to the table is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and evade defenders when he gets into open space. During his rookie season he had over 500 yards receiving and has never had under 300 receiving yards in a season. He also has been able to hold onto the ball better than Hill as he has only fumbled four times in four years.
Bernard’s season was cut short in 2016 by a knee injury which took him off the field in Week 11. He wasn’t having a banner year up to that point failing to surpass 80 yards rushing in any game. Bernard’s best performance came in the form of a receiver in week two when he caught nine passes for 100 yards vs. the Steelers.