The Bucs have reportedly signed Giovani Bernard to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

While the Bucs already have two capable running backs signed in Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay was in need of a true third-down back to round out the position group. The Bucs made multiple attempts to add one last year in rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn and veteran LeSean McCoy. But despite joining a position group with a clear need, neither saw significant playing time.

Over his eight-year career in Cincinnati, Bernard has totaled 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns on 342 receptions for an average of 8.4 yards per catch. In 2020 alone Bernard racked up 355 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns with a catch percentage of 79.7 percent. With his natural pass-catching ability and willingness to contribute in pass protection, Bernard could likely step in right away and play a crucial, although likely limited, role for the Bucs. Pro Football Focus gave Bernard a pass block grade of 73.0 last season, with only three seasons in his career dropping below that mark while eclipsing an 80.0 pass blocking grade in another three.

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Emilio
29 days ago

Good ! Now sign AB ! He was the only wideout good at running reverses, jet sweeps, screens, and running after the catch.

jackpc1
Reply to  Emilio
29 days ago

Forget AB. I was more impressed by the talent and unselfishness of Tyler Johnson.

Eddie
Reply to  jackpc1
29 days ago

Was able to see much of Taylor’s play except that one spectacular catch. AB was a very cagy route runner.

Eddie
Reply to  Eddie
29 days ago

Was NOT able to see …….

drdneast
Reply to  Emilio
28 days ago

Both Scotty Miller and Chris Godwin are quite capable of running all of the above and have. With that said I hope the Bucs re-sign AB. He is still very quick coming out of his breaks and after the catch and has great hands.

chefboho
29 days ago

great low key signing. Low mileage and a great receiver out of the backfield. The pieces are coming together nicely for another trip to the promise land

Alldaway 2.0
29 days ago

This is unexpected but awesome news! Gio with Lenny RoJo and Vaughn forms a backbone of a formidable RB unit.
Also frees up draft selections for other positions like the trenches OL/DL, edge rusher, LB and DBs.

jackpc1
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
29 days ago

What we actually need from the draft is a kick-ass returner. Not Mickens.

SenileSenior
Reply to  jackpc1
29 days ago

I agree.
Don’t care if he should be a WR, RB, CB or from any other position as well. Improvement in all aspects of our game will be needed to make a legitmate run for two Lombardis in a row!
Things are looking looking good for us to be able to just take the best player avaible regardless of position with our first two or three picks for certain.
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Go Bucs!!!! Super Bowl Champions!

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  jackpc1
28 days ago

Oh yeah a legit return specialist would really help this team out.