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30 Bernard Pierce RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/230 | Birthdate: 5/10/1990 | Birthplace: Ardmore, PA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Temple | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 34/2 | Average Draft Position: 120.64
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Harbaugh: I'm very confident in Bernard Pierce


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:49 am ET) With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season, the Ravens have to figure out who will start at running back in his absence, reports ESPN.

The top choice to fill in for Rice is Bernard Pierce. He was limited all offseason after having shoulder surgery, but he looked to be in good shape as the Ravens opened training camp this week. 

"I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days. We'll know more by Tuesday once we get the pads on and seeing him move with the pads on and how the shoulder holds up -- that'll be important."

Outside of Pierce, the Ravens have Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, but Pierce is the likely starter with Rice out.

"I have a lot of confidence in all of our guys," Harbaugh said.


Bernard Pierce fully cleared


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who had offseason rotator cuff surgery, said he's been fully cleared by doctors, reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce also said he's lost weight and now weighs 223 pounds.

Pierce could be in for a big early-season workload if Ray Rice is suspended as expected.


Ravens awaiting word on Ray Rice suspension


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) The Ravens are still waiting to hear how long running back Ray Rice will be unavailable to begin the season with a possible suspension, reports ESPN.

The report says Rice is expected to receive a multi-game suspension for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious in February. The report suggests a suspension of two to four games for Rice would follow the league's recent track record with first-time offenders. 

If Rice is going to miss a major chunk of the season, the Ravens would give Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro more snaps this summer, especially later in the preseason. If Rice is only going to be suspended for a couple of games, the Ravens' rotation at running back may not change significantly.


Ravens expecting to use RB by committee?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) As a suspension looms for running back Ray Rice, the Baltimore Sun believes the Ravens will use a running back by committee approach even when Rice is eligible to play. 

Bernard Pierce figures to be the first man up to replace Rice and take on a nice amount of work but he has yet to be cleared following offseason shoulder surgery and has struggled in two seasons in the pros. Justin Forsett is a veteran familiar with the Ravens' new running scheme but he's played sparingly over his six-year career. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro has some talent but still hasn't learned the offense and might not have the best skill-set to play outside of situational roles. 

The Sun believes the Ravens will need "all hands on deck" to not only replace Rice, but pair with him when he's active. 


Bernard Pierce still limited, but should be OK for camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce remains limited after getting his right shoulder surgically repaired this offseason. He only did individual drills in minicamp this week. But the Baltimore Sun thinks he should be ready to go by the time training camp kicks off in late July. 

Pierce might be called into action early on as the team's starter given the looming suspension facing running back Ray Rice. 


Bernard Pierce out until training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who had rotator cuff surgery in the offseason, won't be available for OTAs and minicamp. Coach John Harbaugh said Pierce should be ready for training camp.

"He's been allowed to move around a little bit, but we just can't risk him falling on it right now and having a setback,” Harbaugh told the team's official website. “So, you're probably looking at training camp for him, which shouldn't be an issue as long as you don't get a setback."

Ravens to add one or two running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team planned to add one or two running backs even before Ray Rice's felony assault case, reports ESPN.com. Look for Baltimore to draft at least one of those.

Behind Rice, the Ravens have Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood.


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.