Bernard Scott Fantasy News

Washington HC Jay Gruden discusses running back by committee

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9:24am

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

“The running game nowadays, you need to have a couple of guys that can tote it,” Redskins HC Jay Gruden told Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980 earlier this week. “Sixteen games is a long time, that’s a lot of games, a lot of carries, that’s a lot of hits on these running backs.”

Gruden said that he would like to split up the carries more than he did last year, when he went with what was mostly a one-back attack. Alfred Morris had 265 rushing attempts. The other tailbacks on the roster, Roy Helu, Silas Redd, and Chris Thompson, combined for 59 rushing attempts. That is 82 percent of the carries for Morris, 18 percent for the rest.

In his three years as the offensive coordinator with the Bengals, Gruden spread the workload in different ways in different seasons. In 2012 he had BenJarvus Green-Ellis take 80 percent of the tailback rushing attempts. But in 2011 it was a 70-30 split between Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott. And in 2013 Cincinnati drafted Giovani Bernard and gave him 170 carries to 220 for Green-Ellis (that’s a 56-44 split in percentage terms).

So maybe splitting up the running back carries isn’t so much a matter of philosophy for Gruden as much as doing things the way the quality of his stable of running backs dictates. He told Sheehan and Loverro that he will see who can earn the carries that Morris won’t get.

“I think you give Alfred the bulk of [the carries] and then Matt Jones comes in there, it could be Chris Thompson, it could be Silas Redd,” he said. “We’ll see how camp goes to see who deserves the carries, who’s going to get the carries. They have to prove then can protect the ball, No. 1, and prove they can pick up blitzes, No. 2 and then they will get some carries behind Alfred.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're still expecting Morris to see the vast majority of the carries, but this is something to keep in mind if another back flashes in the preseason. In his first three seasons, Morris has finished #5, #14 and #13 in standard formats. He's more of a RB2 in PPR leagues (#7, #19, #17) since he has only averaged 0.8 receptions per game in his career. Bill Callahan's arrival (as offensive line coach) should help the effectiveness of the team's running game, which in turn will help Morris's fantasy production. He's a solid value and a safe pick in the 3rd/4th round of early PPR drafts. He should go in the 2nd/3rd in standard leagues.

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Ray Rice's lack of playing time part of strategy

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:17pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The quiet season of Ravens running back Ray Rice reached another low point Sunday when he stood on the sideline for nearly the entire first half.

Rice was replaced in the backfield by reserve running backs Bernard Pierce and Bernard Scott after the Ravens' opening drive. Rice opened the game with one carry for 1-yard, but didn't get back in the game until the Ravens' final drive of the first half.

Both Rice and Ravens coach John Harbaugh attributed the reduction in playing time to strategy, not because of Rice's nagging quadriceps injury.

"That was a decision really with the offensive coaches," Harbaugh said. "When we were backed up, we didn't want to put him in those backed-up situations. We didn't feel the need to do that."

Fantasy Impact:

Although Rice got more involved in the second half of the Ravens' season-ending 34-17 loss by scoring a game-tying two-point conversion in the third quarter, he ended the game with six runs for 15 yards and seven catches for 35 yards. This was a must-win game for the Ravens in order to have a shot at making the playoffs.

MNF Inactives: Reggie Bush ACTIVE

Monday, December 16, 2013, 7:21pm



Omar Brown DB
Ryan Jensen C
Bernard Scott RB
John Simon LB
Deonte Thompson WR
Brynden Trawick DB
Brandon Williams DT



Leroy Harris C
Chris Houston CB
Mikel Leshoure RB
Kellen Moore QB
Darius Slay CB

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush (calf) is good to go for Monday Night Football and per Adam Schefter reported that Bush is expected to get his usual amount of work this week. Due to workload/injury concerns heading into Sunday, Bush was our #20 RB in standard formats. If he plays a full game, he should produce solid RB2 numbers (at a minimum). On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are down their two starting corners, Houston and Slay, so the table is set for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore receivers.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 2:49pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens placed veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he suffered a concussion against the Minnesota Vikings.

Stokley was replaced on the roster by running back Bernard Scott, who was re-signed after being cut Saturday when tight end Dennis Pitta was activated.

Stokley got hurt in the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Vikings when he was tackled on the sideline by Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway after a two-yard reception.

Stokley has a lengthy history of concussions.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 7:11pm

Ravens Inactives
Omar Brown DB
Ryan Jensen C
Bernard Scott RB
John Simon LB
Deonte Thompson WR
Brynden Trawick DB
Brandon Williams DT

Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2:59pm

Ravens Inactives
Ryan Jensen C
Kelechi Osemele G
Bernard Scott RB
John Simon LB
Brandon Stokley WR
Brynden Trawick DB
DeAngelo Tyson DE

Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:21pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens made it official Monday, signing former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott, who tried out with the team two weeks ago.

The Ravens needed depth at running back with backup Bernard Pierce recovering after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Friday, April 12, 2013, 4:56pm - [Full Article]

Geoff Hobson of first reported Friday that Bernard Scott is headed back to the team. USA Today later reported Scott agreed to a one-year contract, according to his agent Scott Casterline.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:24pm

The USA Today - [Full Article]

Free agent running back Bernard Scott was cleared Monday by orthopedic surgeon Robert Scheinberg to begin cutting and doing "explosive weight training" on his surgically repaired knee, Scott's agent, Scott Casterline, told USA TODAY Sports.

Scott tore his ACL in Week 2 last season for the Cincinnati Bengals. Casterline said Scheinberg said Scott is right on track in his recovery.

Monday, October 15, 2012, 10:55am

Joe Reedy on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals RB Brian Leonard will have more tests on the severity of his rib injury on Monday. Said it happened during a special teams play in second quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

With Bernard Scott on IR, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman would be the only available running backs on the roster if Leonard was unavailable next week.

Monday, October 8, 2012, 12:10pm

Bengals on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bangals have placed RB Bernard Scott on season-ending Injured Reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

Brian Leonard will continue to work behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:21pm

Bengals RB Bernard Scott (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 5. Scott figures to see a few carries as the team works him into game action.

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6:50pm

Bengals RB Bernard Scott (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Scott should play against the Dolphins this week. His role will likely be limited as the team eases him back into action.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:50pm

Bengals RB Bernard Scott (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Scott looks like he's ready to return for Week 5.

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:35pm

Bengals Inactives
Jason Allen DB
Nate Clements CB
Leon Hall CB
Dre Kirkpatrick CB
Roddrick Muckelroy LB
Bernard Scott RB
Ryan Whalen WR

Fantasy Impact:

Brian Leonard will work behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

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