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30 Bernard Pierce RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/218 | Birthdate: 5/10/1990 | Birthplace: Ardmore, PA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Temple | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 33/2 | Average Draft Position: 124.42
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Bernard Pierce on track for training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said his surgically-repaired rotator cuff is improving and that he'll be ready for training camp, reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce averaged just 2.9 yards per carry last season following an impressive rookie year in which he averaged 4.9 yards per tote.


Ravens opt for zone-run scheme


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/26/2014) In what shouldn't be a surprise given their new offensive coordinator's tendencies, the Ravens will move to a zone-blocking scheme. Gary Kubiak has had much success working in such a format in his time in the NFL and will look to keep it going as the Ravens begin handing out their new playbooks to players in the near future, per the Baltimore Sun

The scheme could favor backup running back Bernard Pierce, who ran in a similar system in college. Veteran running back Ray Rice, currently embattled in an off-field issue, could adapt to it easily but struggled (along with Pierce) when the team tried to use zone blocking last year. 

The Ravens might need to add a couple of fresh linemen to make the transititon smooth. 


Kubiak: Bernard Pierce will be part of the run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is planning to share Ray Rice's carries with Bernard Pierce similarly to how he split up starter Arian Foster with backup Ben Tate in Houston.

"It's hard to hand it to one guy 30 times a game; they just get worn down," Kubiak said according to the official team website. "It'll take both of them. They're very talented and if we can get both of them going, the better we'll be."

Pierce didn't take advantage of his opportunities last season, rumbling for 436 yards on 152 carries with two touchdowns last year. He did add 20 catches for 104 yards. 


Bernard Pierce has shoulder surgery


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/30/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery Wednesday to repair his rotator cuff, reports the Baltimore Sun. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery. In 2013, Pierce ran for 436 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 2.9 yards per carry and caught 20 passes for 104 yards as the backup to Ray Rice.


Gary Kubiak optimistic he can revive Ravens ground game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he has tremendous expectations for a running game that struggled mightily in 2013. The Ravens finished last in the NFL with an average of 3.1 yards per carry despite featuring former Pro Bowl back Ray Rice.

Kubiak, who coached a series of successful running backs when he coached in Denver, will work to restore Rice to his standing of greatness while trying to maximize the talents of Bernard Pierce as well.

"If they'll get downhill, we'll do fine," Kubiak said. "[They've had] some great running backs here that have been very successful. We told (coach John Harbaugh) we think they fit what we do very well. It's our job now to go teach our system and get them comfortable with it."


Gary Kubiak says Ravens' personnel fits his system


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said the team's personnel, including running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, fit his system. It's just a matter of getting the backs running downhill. "It's up to us as coaches to put it all together," Kubiak said.

Baltimore averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.


Report: Bernard Pierce facing shoulder surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce is expected to have surgery to fix damage to his rotator cuff, an NFL source told the Baltimore Sun. The surgery would take place this month, enabling Pierce to be ready for the 2014 season.

Pierce averaged 2.9 yards per carry in 2013 as he dealt with multiple injuries, though he did catch 20 passes. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie in 2012.


Ravens get minor contributions in loss


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) The Ravens ended their season with a 34-17 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. Running back Bernard Pierce had 46 total yards, including five carries for a team-high 28 rushing yards. 

Marlon Brown scored the lone receiving touchdown for the Ravens, on an eight-yard pass in the third quarter. He ended up with 30 yards in the game. Brown finishes the season with seven receiving touchdowns, the most on the team. 

The Ravens finish the season 8-8 overall, with a 3-2 record in the division. 


Ravens receive small offensive contributions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) A few Ravens made small offensive contributions Week 16. Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson each finished the game with four grabs. Pitta had 34 yards while Dickson had 44 yards.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown also chipped in with four receptions for 51 yards on seven targets. Vonta Leach had one catch for 1 yard. Running back Bernard Pierce rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries and caught three of his five targets for 27 yards. Bernard Scott had two carries for 11 yards and one catch for 2 yards. Tandon Doss was targeted once but held without a grab in a 41-7 defeat.

Ravens get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Several Ravens contributed to the Week 15 win at Detroit. Tight end Dennis Pitta caught two of four targets for 24 yards, tight end Ed Dickson caught all three of his targets for 10 yards, and running back Bernard Pierce carried seven times for 21 yards. 

They'll play the Patriots in Week 16.


Vikings deny Bernard Pierce a touchdown Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce wasn't able to get much traction in the snowy conditions during a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Pierce finished with just 12 yards on seven carries, while adding one catch for 5 yards.

The Vikings picked off an underthrown pass intended for Pierce on the opening drive, amid heavy snowfall. A few drives later, the Ravens used Pierce on back-to-back carries from the 2-yard line, but Pierce couldn't punch it in for the score.

The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.


Good matchup still not enticing enough to start Bernard Pierce


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned a few weeks ago he would go with the hot hand at running back since Ray Rice continued to struggle. It opened the door for Bernard Pierce to become a factor in the run game, but sadly Bernard hasn't capitalized. 

Pierce averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and totaled 125 rushing yards in five November games. He started to see more carries after Harbaugh made his comments, but it didn't help spark Pierce's game. Will his fortunes start to change in the first December game against Minnesota Week 14?

Running backs are averaging 20.8 Fantasy points per week, which is the fifth-highest average. Running backs are also averaging 96.8 rushing yards and 55.3 receiving yards per game against Minnesota, but in the last six games running backs are averaging 114.7 rushing yards. Running backs have totaled 14 touchdowns (11 rushing) in 12 games.

Week 14 presents a favorable matchup for Rice and Pierce, and this could finally be the week Pierce gets going. However, that's a big IF, and the Ravens could lean on Rice if he gets on a roll as well. Pierce is more of a desperation Fantasy option, if you are in need of a running back Week 14.


Bernard Pierce does little in winning effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce didn't do much in Week 13 against the Steelers, but he still finished with his best performance in seven games in a 22-20 win.

Pierce led the team with 35 yards rushing on nine attempts, though was less effective in the passing game. Pierce hauled in all three of the passes thrown his way, but managed just 4 yards.

Pierce continues to see a decent workload, but has largely struggled to do much with it. He enters Week 14 against the Vikings with just 344 yards on 123 carries. 


Bernard Pierce no worse than Ray Rice


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) On a windy day in Baltimore, the Ravens were plenty motivated to run the ball in Week 12. Unfortunately, they were going against the Jets, who entered the day ranked No. 1 against the run.

Starting running back Ray Rice, who has had his struggles all year, picked up 30 yards on 16 carries. Serving as a change-of-pace option, backup Bernard Pierce wasn't any worse, picking up 30 yards on 11 carries.

The 11 carries were the most he's had since Week 5 at Miami. Seven came in the second half, after the Ravens realized they weren't going to get much from Rice.

Rice broke out for 131 yards on 25 carries last week at Chicago, earning him some leeway, so expect Pierce to continue to play just a change-of-pace role Week 13 against the Steelers.


Bernard Pierce expected to do even less


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/19/2013) Though his 10 carries were the most he's had in five games, Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce ran for only 18 yards last week, and that was against the Bears' 31st-ranked run defense, which has allowed 133.9 yards per game. So you shouldn't expect much from him against the Jets' first-ranked run defense, which has allowed 73.2 yards per game, in Week 12.

Starter Ray Rice broke through with 131 yards on 25 carries in that game against the Bears, snapping out of a season-long slump, so the Ravens shouldn't be especially motivated to use Pierce anyway. He's still an attractive handcuff option in Fantasy, but he's not worth starting with Rice healthy.


Bernard Pierce does little against Bears


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce struggled Week 11 against the Bears.

Pierce received 10 carries, but picked up just 18 yards against Chicago. He was outshadowed by Ray Rice, who had his best game of the year. Aside from an eight yard run, Pierce was basically stopped at the line on every other carry. He'll try and improve Week 12 against the Jets.


Bernard Pierce active Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is active Week 11 against the Bears.

Pierce is dealing with a toe/knee injury, but is expected to play against Chicago. The weather is supposed to be terrible during the game, which could lead the Ravens to rely on the ground game more than usual.


Two receivers among three Ravens on injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) The Ravens have three offensive players on their Friday injury report. The most important are wide receiver Marlon Brown (knee), who is questionable, and running back Bernard Pierce, who is probable with toe and knee ailments. Wideout Brandon Stokley (thigh) is also probable.

Hot hand will dictate who gets more carries for Ravens


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce will "get a large number of carries" moving forward, but added whoever is playing better will get more carries during a game. Harbaugh went on to say Rice's struggles have been related to the hip flexor injury he has dealt with for most of the season.

Bernard Pierce has 43 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/10/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce rushed eight times for 31 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals. Pierce also caught two passes for 12 yards. 

The 31 rushing yards were the most for Pierce since Week 5, while the two receptions were his most since Week 6. Pierce was targeted three times in the game. 

The Ravens travel to Chicago to face the Bears in Week 11. 


Bernard Pierce not a strong Week 10 option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has scored four Fantasy points over his last three games. He hasn't seen more than six carries since Week 5 and his only two touchdowns this season came in games where Ray Rice was injured. 

With a career-low 2.7 yards-per-carry average (Rice's is way down, too, for what that's worth), Pierce's Fantasy value is limited to a handcuff for Rice, and little more.

He can be left on the bench in most formats. 


Bernard Pierce struggles again in loss to Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce performed about as well as backfield mate Ray Rice in Cleveland on Sunday. And that's not good.

Pierce rushed for a mere 11 yards on six carries and was not targeted in the passing game. He entered Week 9 tied with Rice with a shocking 2.8 YPC. Pierce and the Ravens will try to fix what has been an awful ground game next Sunday when the Bengals come calling.


Bernard Pierce cleared for game against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who has just seven fewer carries than Pro Bowler Ray Rice on the season, will have an opportunity to add to his total Sunday in Cleveland. He has been cleared to play despite a thigh problem that had him listed as probable.

Ravens rounding into shape heading into Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) The Ravens have been decimated with injuries this season, but are getting healthy in a hurry. Only seven players dot their Friday injury report and all but two are probable for Sunday in Cleveland.

The bad news is that starting guard Kelechi Osemele (back) will need back surgery and could be out for the year. Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh) is questionable.

Probable for the game are nose tackle Terrence Cody (knee), offensive linemen Ryan Jensen (foot) and Michael Oher (ankle), linebacker Josh Bynes (finger/thigh) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh).


Fantasy owners should shy away from Bernard Pierce


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has enough carries to be considered at least a second option by Fantasy owners. He just hasn't done enough with those attempts to earn a spot in most lineups.

Pierce is averaging a meager 2.8 YPC. Granted, so is featured back Ray Rice, who has only seven more tries on the ground. But Pierce, unlike his backfield mate, has been a non-entity in the passing game with just seven catches. And he has only two touchdowns all year. One was against Cleveland, but that is more coincidence than anything else.

The Week 9 matchup in Cleveland is also not favorable for Pierce. He not only shares time with Rice, but the Browns boast a rather stingy run defense. They are yielding just 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks sixth in the league. They struggled for a bit this season, but got back on track last week in Kansas City by holding Jamaal Charles to 74 yards on 18 carries.

Pierce is ranked 31st and 43rd among NFL backs this week by two of the CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. That is not a ringing endorsement. It's tough to find two viable running backs for Fantasy lineups, especially when one might be out on a bye week, so Pierce is in play. But he's not a strong choice in Week 9.