Giovani Bernard looked like a great addition to the Buccaneers when the move was initially made, but the constant injuries make his future questionable.
No one ever wants to see injuries derail a career. It is one of the harder parts of the NFL and also one of the only certainties; the sport is always trying to take more from the players than they take from it. Unfortunately, these injuries look like they could spell the end of Giovani Bernard’s time in Tampa with the Buccaneers.
Bernard is still a good player and brings a much-needed veteran presence to the offense. Despite all of the good he does and his performance against the Eagles in the playoffs last season, there is only so much benefit that you can get from a running back that can’t stay healthy.
Bernard is set to miss the next four games for the Buccaneers at a minimum, but we all know that this could turn into more than that rather quickly.
Given the fact that the Bucs have really only used two backs so far on the season, a good stretch from Ke’Shawn Vaughn here could lead to Bernard not suiting up on game days for the Bucs.
Injuries are likely going to happen and Bernard would then be able to step in if able, but it stands to reason that the Bucs will move on after this season (or even during it) in an effort to find more reliable options from a health standpoint.
Giovani Bernard is great at catching passes in the offense that Tampa used last season, but a run-heavy approach that pushes backs through the tackles just isn’t going to work for Bernard at this stage of his career. A change is likely on the horizon.
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