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Bernard Pierce | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
College: Temple
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Bernard Pierce has been officially diagnosed with a concussion.
The team says it's "mild," but there's no such thing. Regardless, his symptoms are "relatively minor," and it doesn't sound like he's staring at a lengthy absence. Pierce should be ready to start in Ray Rice's absence in Weeks 1 and 2. Aug 25 - 3:42 PM

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The concussion symptoms experienced by Bernard Pierce are considered "relatively minor," and Pierce tweeted Sunday that he's "fine."

"If anyone was wondering, I'm fine," Pierce said. Redskins S Brandon Meriweather may face discipline stemming from the hit that injured Pierce. It's worth noting Pierce has not officially been diagnosed with a concussion. The Baltimore Sun is merely saying Pierce has a "head injury." He sounds day to day. The Sun also says Pierce is "expected back" for Week 1 against the Bengals.
Aug 24 - 8:46 PM

Bernard Pierce was forced from Saturday's preseason game in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Pierce started over Ray Rice, but lasted just two series before exiting. He was shaken up on a hit from Brandon Meriweather and was taken to the locker room to undergo further tests. Justin Forsett replaced Pierce as the Ravens' early-down back, with Lorenzo Taliaferro playing on passing downs. Pierce has two weeks to get cleared for the start of the season.
Aug 23 - 8:19 PM

Bernard Pierce rushed seven times for 55 yards in the Ravens' second preseason game Saturday night.

He got "start" over Ray Rice, after Rice started the exhibition opener. It's a potential indication that Rice and Pierce are in a dead-heat competition for the starting job regardless of Rice's suspension. The usage was still similar to last week's, as both Rice and Pierce got first-team run before Rice exited with an apparently minor shoulder injury. Through two exhibitions, Pierce has 17 carries for 92 yards (5.41 YPC) and a touchdown.
Aug 16 - 8:45 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley suggests Bernard Pierce's running style is a better fit for Baltimore's offense than Ray Rice.

"The one-cut style of (Pierce) seems to be a more natural fit to Gary Kubiak's stretch running scheme," wrote Hensley. With Rice going in the fifth round, Pierce offers the best value in Baltimore's backfield with an eighth-round Average Draft Slot. Lorenzo Taliaferro isn't getting drafted at all. The fourth-round pick is worth monitoring in all leagues and stashing in deeper ones.
Aug 15 - 2:24 PM

Bernard Pierce mixed in with the Ravens' first-team offense during Thursday night's preseason opener against San Francisco.

Ray Rice got the "start," but the two backs rotated with the ones. Pierce hard-charged a seven-yard gain on his opening carry, and later executed a scoring run from two yards out. His yards per carry dipped behind Baltimore's second-team offensive line, as Pierce stayed in the game with the "twos" as the Ravens try to get him more work after a lost spring due to shoulder surgery. He also fumbled once, but recovered it. Pierce remains on track to open the season as the Ravens' starting running back, and should at very least have a place in the committee when Rice returns from suspension in Week 3. Power back Pierce offers some upside at his middle-eighth-round ADP.
Aug 7 - 9:02 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley says Bernard Pierce has been the best running back at camp.

No one should be surprised. Pierce is just 24 years old, has college experience in the new one-cut scheme Gary Kubiak is installing and put together impressive rookie tape before last year's disaster. He'll be the unquestioned feature back for the first two games, and we wouldn't be shocked if he ran with the lead part of a committee even after Ray Rice comes off suspension. Pierce "has had the best transition to Kubiak's stretch, zone-blocking runs," per Hensley. Rice is more of a stutter-step runner who is losing his jump-cut ability.
Aug 7 - 11:12 AM

Bernard Pierce revealed that his weight ballooned to 248 pounds following January shoulder surgery.

The good news is Pierce has dropped into the 217-222 range, and recovered fully from the surgery. "I definitely feel lighter and quick," he said Sunday. Pierce just turned 24 in May, and is the favorite to open the season as the Ravens' feature back. He could run away with the job during Ray Rice's two-game ban.
Jul 27 - 6:56 PM

Updating a previous item, Bernard Pierce reported to Ravens training camp at 217 pounds.

Pierce played in the 230 range last season, which he came to regret en route to a plodding 2.86 YPC. His 2012 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot, 218. "I’m very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh insisted. "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."
Jul 25 - 1:25 PM

Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries to his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe. Now he's fully healthy, back near his ideal playing weight and Ray Rice is facing a suspension. Pierce's extremely impressive rookie tape has us willing to take a shot on a bounce-back campaign.
Jul 23 - 10:36 AM

Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Jul 22 - 4:21 PM

The Baltimore Sun calls Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) the "obvious favorite" to open the season as the Ravens' lead back.

The Sun questions whether Pierce will be utilized as an "every-down back," however, citing the 24-year-old's struggles in "blitz pick up and catching the ball out of the backfield." Justin Forsett excels in each of the latter areas. While Ray Rice is suspended, we may see Pierce used as Gary Kubiak's early-down workhorse and goal-line back, with Forsett playing on passing downs.
Jun 30 - 2:24 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome indicated he is anticipating a run-based offense under new OC Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak's Texans offenses were most successful when leaning on his zone-run game to set up designed vertical shot plays. "It’s very precise," said Newsome of Kubiak's scheme. "It’s physical. I think we’ll run the ball better, we’ll keep the ball more and we’ll have big plays." With Ray Rice facing a suspension, Bernard Pierce should get the first crack at Ravens lead running back duties.
Jun 27 - 2:44 PM

The Baltimore Sun considers Bernard Pierce the favorite to open the season as the Ravens' starting tailback, assuming Ray Rice receives a multi-game suspension.

Pierce is expected to start, and work "in tandem" with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, likely in addition to Justin Forsett. This is just a prediction, of course. Pierce was limited throughout the spring while recovering from a pretty serious shoulder surgery. We're going to keep close tabs on him in training camp.
Jun 23 - 1:30 PM

Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) is expected to be a full-go for the beginning of training camp.

Pierce is ahead of schedule in his rehab as he's been doing individual work during OTAs and minicamp. It leaves him with an excellent chance to run with the starting job out of the gate in new OC Gary Kubiak's run-based scheme. Ray Rice is facing a multi-game suspension and Pierce has a major talent edge on Justin Forsett/Lorenzo Taliaferro. Although Pierce regressed sharply last season, his rookie tape has us optimistic on his Year 3 outlook. He could very well end up playing ahead of Rice all season.
Jun 18 - 11:07 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Joe Flacco
2Tyrod Taylor
3Keith Wenning
RB1Bernard Pierce
2Justin Forsett
3Lorenzo Taliaferro
4Fitzgerald Toussaint
5Ray Rice
GLB1Bernard Pierce
2Lorenzo Taliaferro
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Bernard Pierce
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Shaun Chapas
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jacoby Jones
3Deonte Thompson
4Kamar Aiken
WR21Steve Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
4Jeremy Butler
WR31Marlon Brown
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Owen Daniels
3Crockett Gillmore
4Phillip Supernaw
5Nathan Overbay
K1Justin Tucker