The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were committed to bringing in more weapons for a Super Bowl offense this past offseason, particularly a receiving threat out of the backfield. They found themselves signing eight-year veteran running back Giovani Bernard.
Bernard had spent his entire career as a Cincinnati Bengal where he became known for his ability for catching the football. So the challenges he faces for 2021 isn’t in that department, but rather becoming familiar with a new system.
“I think coming in and learning a completely new offense is always tough for any NFL player,” said Bernard following Friday’s practice. “There is a little bit of an adjustment period. That’s why I was here during OTAs. Even though I’m an eight-year guy, I wanted to make sure I was here just so I can pick up on that kind of stuff.”
No matter the profession, going into a new environment forces one to become familiar with new processes quickly. One way to go about that is by asking lots of questions.
Bernard is doing just that by being present and looking for answers from his new Bucs teammates.
“During mini-camp, I made sure I was here and even now I continue to learn every single day by asking questions, asking the players what they see, how they see it and how things develop,” Bernard shared. “I learned the process through repetition, understanding it and being accountable. At the end of the day, I don’t want to mess up and cause something to happen in a play. I want to be on top of my Ps and Qs and help out this team.”
The regular season is just a bit over a month away. But Bernard sounds like he’s on the right track to being ready in a new offense and not mess anything up.