Bucs turned to Gio Bernard because of running back drops

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During the 2020 season, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians bristled at the idea that his players dropped too many passes. On Monday, his team signed a running back who is less likely to drop passes.

As explained by Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, the Buccaneers added Gio Bernard in order to address that deficiency. It’s a move that makes LeSean McCoy‘s return highly unlikely.

Bernard, as noted by Auman, has had at least 30 catches in each of his eight seasons with the Bengals. He had 47 receptions in 2020. And so Bernard becomes, as a practical matter, Tom Brady‘s James White in Tampa.

The move makes a strong Buccaneers team even stronger, and it adds to a roster that returns all 22 starters a veteran player who surely wants a Super Bowl ring badly (as most players who don’t have one do). Having a guy like that around can help guard against complacency.

Then again, with Tom Brady on the team, complacency surely won’t be an issue for the Buccaneers. Having Bernard around means drops will be less of an issue, too.

9 responses to “Bucs turned to Gio Bernard because of running back drops

  1. You’re getting a class act Bucs fans.
    I’ve always felt Gio could have been used more like a Marshall Faulk but it always seemed like the Bengals were afraid to use him too much.

  2. They didn’t turn to him because of his 1 yd ave per carry. This guy killed fantasy teams after Mixon went down. Cincy better draft someone decent.

  3. “with Tom Brady on the team, complacency surely won’t be an issue for the Buccaneers.”
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    It’s an amazing statement, and 100% true. Also amazing that you can’t name 1 other player in the league who could have a similar impact on his franchise.

  4. Gio is extremely underrated. Shiftier than James White, IMO. Great at pass protection. And if your bell cow goes down with an injury, he’s willing to run between the tackles.

    Good pickup for the Bucs.

  5. This is looking very scary for ALL the other teams.Look out for TB12 getting another Super Bowl!!

  6. rapntacos says:
    April 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm
    They didn’t turn to him because of his 1 yd ave per carry.

    What are you talking about? Gio has averaged 4.0 yards per carry over the course of his 8 year career. On top of that about 43 catches a season.

  7. Besides his onfield production, Gio is also a great teammate and citizen. Great pickup for Tampa.

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