Bruce Arians is not happy with Runnin Back Gio Bernard after the Bucs defeat of Miami last Sunday. Arians was happy with Bernards’s total scoring but his pass defense was not up to standards.
“I was pleased with it at the end, I didn’t like when he got run over on his pass protection and that’ll cost him his job if he can’t pass protect on third down,” Arians told reporters.
Bernard was signed during the off-season to pair with Tom Brady in an attempt to recreate the Tom Brady and James White era in New England. the Bucs do not have plans for Bernard to be an every-down back, the veteran has been utilized by the team on passing downs.
Bernard did see a slight decrease in snaps since Arians’ comments, playing in just 16% of the offensive plays against the Eagles in Week 6, down from the 23% he had against the Dolphins. Fournette’s stellar performance likely played a role in this decision as well.
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