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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%: 63/6
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Bernard Pierce sits out again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce missed Tuesday's practice as he continues to recover from a concussion, reports ESPN.com.

Concussion confirmed for Bernard Pierce


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has a mild concussion, coach John Harbaugh told ESPN.com. Pierce did not practice Monday but is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener.

Bernard Pierce held out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who sustained a head injury Saturday against the Redskins, is not practicing Monday, reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce tweeted Sunday that he's "fine."

It's still unclear if Pierce suffered a concussion.


Bernard Pierce says he's fine


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who left Saturday's game with a head injury, tweeted that he's "fine," reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce went through the concussion protocol following the hit.

With Ray Rice suspended for two games, Pierce is on track to start the regular-season opener against the Bengals.


Bernard Pierce exits preseason game with head injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce got the start but left early with an apparent head injury Saturday against Washington in preseason play.

Pierce struggled early on and was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on the opening drive, turning the ball over. He then took a shot by Brandon Merriweather on the third series and was escorted back to the locker room for further evaluation. He had four carries for minus-3 yards and one catch for 3 yards before leaving the game.

Ravens establishing themselves as run-first team


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Ravens have a different mindset and plan to be a run-first team again, reports ESPN.com. The revamped offensive line has pushed defenders off the line, and running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce "are lighter, and as a result, more explosive," the report said.

Baltimore leads the NFL with 194 rushing yards in the preseason, 69 more than any other team.


Bernard Pierce showing power, consistency


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran with "power and decisiveness" against the Cowboys on Saturday, and he's been very consistent through two preseason games, reports ESPN.com. Pierce is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Nearly half of his 17 rushes have produced more than 4 yards.

Bernard Pierce racks up 55 yards vs. Cowboys


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce rushed for 55 yards on just sevn carries in Saturday's 37-30 preseason win over the Cowboys.

Pierce entered halftime with just 25 yards but returned to the field on the first drive of the second half and ripped off a 30-yard run in his last touch of the night. He didn't haul in his only target in the passing game. Pierce is looking at a large workload over the team's first two regular-season games with Ray Rice out, and his playing time upon the return of Rice will likely depend on what he does in those two games.


Bernard Pierce got 'blown up' in pass protection drills


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce got "blown up in individual pass protection drills against the 49ers' linebackers, beaten badly three straight times and left doubled over, while [coach John] Harbaugh happened to be standing literally right next to him watching," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora made the observation at a joint Ravens-49ers practice. La Canfora believes Ray Rice will get the bulk of the carries upon his return from a two-game suspension.


Bernard Pierce gets heavy workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran 10 times for 37 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown, in the preseason opener against the 49ers. Pierce and Ray Rice shared time with the starters.

Pierce's longest run went 8 yards. Baltimore is prepping Pierce to start the season's first two games while Rice is suspended.


Bernard Pierce outperforming Ray Rice in camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Bernard Pierce has been the Ravens' "best running back in camp," reports ESPN.com. Pierce made a smooth transition to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's stretch, zone-blocking scheme after playing in a similar offense in college, the report said.

With Ray Rice suspended the first two games, Pierce has a chance to establish himself in home contests against the Bengals and Steelers.


Look for more screen passes from Ravens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Expect Ravens running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce to catch more screen passes this season. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak wants quarterback Joe Flacco to release the ball quicker, and Kubiak plans to use the screen pass to that effect.

"I was telling [coach] John Harbaugh the other night: 'You know, I think we've got a chance to be a pretty good screen team," Kubiak told ESPN.com. "Our guards are not only big and physical, but they can get out and run."

The Ravens have called 123 screen passes since 2001, fourth-fewest in the NFL over that span, the website said. In addition to Rice and Pierce, running backs Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro could benefit if Kubiak follows through on his plan.


Bernard Pierce 'most impressive back' in camp so far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Running back Bernard Pierce, expected to start while Ray Rice is suspended, has been the Ravens' most impressive back in camp so far, reports ESPN.com. Pierce's weight ballooned to 248 pounds following offseason shoulder surgery, but he's down to 222 pounds now.

"The weight loss is most evident in Pierce's elusiveness in between the tackles," the report said. "He can make better lateral cuts because he doesn't feel the weight as much on his knees." 

Coach John Harbaugh said Pierce has "seized the opportunity."

Pierce averaged 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie in 2012, just 2.9 yards per carry last season. "It definitely is motivating and also was humbling coming from the year before," Pierce said. "I think everybody's intention this year is to climb back up the chart and show everybody that we can get this run game started and we're still the Ravens from 2012."


Bernard Pierce back at practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce returned to practice Sunday after leaving Saturday's practice with an illness, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Bernard Pierce: I'm not hurt


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has tweeted incredulously that simply because he was walking with a trainer that does not mean he's hurt.

Bernard left practice early with a doctor. His status has not been confirmed by coaches or trainers.


Bernard Pierce leaves practice with doctor


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce left practice early and departed with the team doctor. Gary Kubiak said after practice that he didn't have enough information to elaborate.

Pierce is expected to assume the featured back duties for the first two games of the regular season during the Ray Rice suspension.


Harbaugh: I'm very confident in Bernard Pierce


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) 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.