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Gio is not going to be a 25 touch player this year according to Jay Gruden
Asked when Bernard might become the feature back, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said "when Coach (Marvin) Lewis," says so, but they aren't looking to displace BenJarvus Green-Ellis. So it sounds like it is going to remain by committee.
"Eighty-five or 90 percent of the teams in the league have two or three running backs that they use. So I think it's important to have two or three. These games are physical man, these 16 games. You play on a Sunday and a Thursday, then go to Baltimore and Cleveland, its non-stop," Gruden said.
"So to say we're going to give the ball to Gio 25 times each week is kind of unrealistic. He needs spelling. He needs a bigger back in there like BenJarvus to take 10, 12, 15 carries and a game…It keeps him fresh, too. Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast. That's the way he is. He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy."
Pyro's take: Gio is a fantastic back, who has the potential to turn any play into a big gainer. I do also feel what Gruden says is correct. Bernard is not going to be as effective if he is taking the punishment of 20+ carries.
We have seen what happened when the Bills decided to make C.J. Spiller a 20 carry player, and the Bengals should learn from that. Gio is a special talent, and he should be on the field more, but he does need to stay fresh.
This week Bernard is facing the Ravens who are only giving up 11.9 points a game to running backs, which is the best in the league. It would be wise to temper your expectations for him this week, but he can always break one.
Jones blows up and will soon be owned in all leagues
Jones caught eight passes for 122 yards and four touchdowns – all career highs.
The four receiving touchdowns set a Bengals franchise record. Jones also tied Corey Dillon and Larry Kinnebrew for most total touchdowns in a game.
Only one time in his college career did Jones score even two touchdowns in a game and speculated he'd date back to Pop Warner days to find any other time he hit paydirt that often. Fitting really, considering Andy Dalton and Jones have looked like they are playing against little tikes the last three weeks.
“He's had the potential since he's been here,” Dalton said. “I think he's just comfortable with everything that we're doing and everything that we're asking him to do. For him to come out and have a game like this, we needed it.”
Pyro's take: Jones had been an improving receiver heading into this career performance this Sunday. Jones now has a touchdown catch in each of his last 3 games. Over that span he has 15 catches for 250 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The 23 year old has been developing a nice chemistry with Andy Dalton, and the Bengals have been dying to find other options in the passing game to take some pressure off of AJ Green. Dalton has been spreading the ball around as of late, and Jones has been a favorite redzone target. Hopefully you grabbed him when he was on our waiver wire pick up 3 weeks ago, otherwise you better check quick to see if he is available.
Presently, the rookie Bernard is splitting carries with starter Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis.
“You can plug me into any type of offense and I’ll execute,” said Bernard. The explosive back had the same amount of carries as Green- Ellis in the Cleveland game.
“You have to find ways to get this guy the ball,” said Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham who is awed by Bernard’s explosiveness.
Bernard has tortured teams by running, catching the ball out of the backfield, and being a decoy thus far this season. There’s a reason he was the first running back picked in the draft, said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Bernard was the 37 player picked in the draft. The Bengals knew they had finally acquired that versatile back so desperately needed.
Pyro's take: We hope you have this guy on your team, because we were all over this before the season started. Gio is by far the most talented back for the Bengals, and has shown the ability to do it all. Bernard will continue to see his role in the offense grow, and has become a solid RB2 with upside in fantasy football.
The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score — a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.
“I saw green grass,” said Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina. “Once you see green grass, you’ve got to take it. You don’t get many chances like that. When you do, you’ve got to take it.”
“Gio’s done a good job,” Dalton said. “We drafted him to be versatile, move around the backfield and make big plays. And that’s exactly what we’ve gotten out him.”
Pyro's take: We have told you for awhile now that Giovani is going to be the real fantasy player for the Bengals, and this game was a prelude of things to come. Bernard was able to show off all the aspects of his game with running and receiving touchdowns. The bigger touchdown may have been the touchdown run against a tough run defense and he showed his determination pushing the ball over the goal line. The Law Firm is in trouble and will eventually give way to the rookie.
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard showed those special talents on Saturday that forced Cincinnati to use their No. 37 overall selection during the 2013 NFL draft. During the team's second possession with over six minutes remaining in the first quarter, Bernard generated 48 yards from scrimmage during a possession that led to a one-yard touchdown by the rookie running back.
"I want to be an every-down back. I don’t want to be a guy that’s just shifty or a guy that can just run outside or catch balls out of the backfield," Bernard said. "I want to be able to be a guy who can do it all. That’s the thing I bring to the table as a person that’s able to do it all. If I can add that to my game, it’s going to be awesome. Benny’s going to come back real strong, and we’re just excited for this entire thing going on and seeing how it plays out."
Pyro's take: Giovani Bernard has been climbing in my tiers since the start of training camp. This game performance is just another feather in this cap and reason to understand that Bernard is going to have much more value this season than The Law Firm.
Bernard is showing all the flash and ability that made him a coveted player by the Bengals, and with his addition, as well as Tyler Eifert, the Bengals should have a lot more pop in their offense this season.
Giovani Bernard scores a touchdown and makes 3 catches
Giovani Bernard had 10 carries for 28 yards with a 1 yard touchdown run. Bernard also added 3 catches for 16 yards.
Pyro's take: This is a decent showing for Bernard in his first NFL action. He was not able to break a big run, but being able to score in a goal line formation is encouraging. Bernard was able to be more effective in the passing game with his 3 catches, and that is where he should make a bigger impact in his rookie season.
Bernard is still trying to take the starting job from Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis and now has 3 more games to make a bigger impression.
AJ Green suffered a hyper-extended knee during a deep ball drill. Afterward he said,
"It was like I was trying to keep my feet in and then I got off balance. I don't know if something was under my foot, or if it was a rock or something. I just went back and slipped,"
This is similar to the injury he suffered against the Steelers in 2011. The MRI revealed no structural damage.
Pyro's take: This is a major stroke of luck for Green that is was only a mild hyper-extension. Green will miss a few practices, but should be just fine. Green is still one of our favorite receivers this season, so we will continue to monitor him throughout the preseason.
Rookie running back Giovani Bernard has made a nice impression on his running backs coach, Hue Jackson, who said.
"He's so natural catching the ball. He can catch it like a receiver...I knew he could catch it really well, but I wouldn't be surprised if he could go out there and line up outside and catch balls like some other guys can because he has that skill set."
Bernard is being looked at not just a change of pace running back, but as a running back with Percy Harvin like receiving skills.
Pyro's take: Bernard was drafted to be the Bengals back of the future, and his pass catching skills were a big reason why they wanted him. Bernard had 92 receptions for 852 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2 years at North Carolina. Bernard was already going to be the change of pace from The Law Firm, but now it seems that he is going to see a lot of involvement in the passing game and could have at least 40 catches this season, making him a viable option in PPR leagues.
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died in a Charlotte hospital Thursday morning, on day after suffering serious injuries when he fell out of the back of his pickup truck in what authorities described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee. Henry was 26 years old.
Pyro's take: The NFL has experienced a number of horrific events over it's existence, but none of them compares to when a player loses his life. Chris Henry may have been a troubled soul early on in his career, but he turned his life around as of late, and was even said to have been planning his wedding in the days leading up to his death.
Our condolences go out to Chris Henry's family and all those involved in his life.
The Houston Texans are expected to sign running back Chris Henry off of their practice squad sometime in the next couple of days.
Pyro's take: We're suspecting the news from the spine specialist RB Steve Slaton went to see today wasn't good and that he likely won't be active for Week 14. Henry is no more than an insurance policy as their third RB and is not worth a pickup for your fantasy football team.
12/08/09, 04:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
The Cincinnati Bengals placed wide receiver Chris Henry on injured reserved today with two broken bones in his left forearm, thus ending his 2009 season.
Pyro's take: It's safe to drop him in all fantasy football leagues except for dynasty leagues. Henry will be a free agent and could have a lot of interest this off-season from teams looking for a starter.
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry left Sunday's game against the Ravens with what might be a fracture left forearm.
Pyro's take: If the arm is broken, it's likely Henry's season would be over. He was disappointing fantasy football owners who took a chance on him breaking out this year already, so his loss probably doesn't make much of a difference for your team.
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry (quad) proclaimed himself “pretty much 100 percent” healthy after dealing with his quadriceps injury for most of the season.
Pyro's take: It looked like Henry was in line to have a breakout year, but that hasn't even come close to happening as he only has 11 catches so far on the season. We'll see this week if his injury was the problem, or if everyone simply over-estimated his abilities.
Buccaneers quarterback Josh Johnson will continue to be the team's starter under center for at least another week according to coach Raheem Morris. "Josh (Johnson) is the quarterback. We got a short week going. It's New England... Josh has to focus on playing well while he's in there."
Pyro's take: Johnson has performed as well as can be expected since taking over the starting job in Week 4, but he's not the answer to the Bucs woes. The team will see what their first-round pick Josh Freeman has to offer soon enough, possibly in Week 9.
Buccaneers offensive coordinator Greg Olson will look to use the shotgun more as QB Josh Johnson seems to be more comfortable in that situation. "He seems to see the field a little bit better, a little more comfortable getting the ball out of his hands," Olson said.
Pyro's take: The Bucs are struggling to win, but Johnson does look to be getting more comfortable under center. Regardless, he's still not your fantasy football answer by any means.
Scaife practices again, looks good to go in Week 4
Titans tight end Bo Scaife (knee) practiced in full again on Thursday and looks to be active for the game against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Pyro's take: Scaife led the team in receptions last year, so his return should help the Titans get off the schneid. Being his first game back from injury, however, we'd let him sit on your fantasy football bench for one more week.
Titans tight end Bo Scaife (knee) practiced in full pads on Wednesday and looks to be on track for some game action this Sunday against the Jaguars.
Pyro's take: Scaife has been out since injuring his knee in the first game of the year, a game he was playing well in. When back at full speed, Scaife can be started as a low-end TE1 on your fantasy football team.
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry came back to practice on Friday and went through all the drills with the team. He looks to be ready to go on Sunday.
Pyro's take: Henry is still one of our big sleeper candidates, even though he's gotten off to a slow start this year. Keep him stashed on your fantasy bench until he starts stepping up in this high-powered offense.