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RB Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens

6-0, 218Born: 5-10-1991College: TempleDrafted: Round 3

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Preseason player page

Pierce suffered a concussion in the third preseason game in late August. ***UPDATE - Pierce was able to practice fully before the Ravens Week 1 game. He began the game as the starter.

Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Justin Forsett had a solid game against the weak defensive front of the Falcons (23/95/0 rushing with zero receptions), but the scoring play went to Bernard Pierce (8/21/1 rushing) after the replay officials robbed Torrey Smith of a long TD and placed the ball at the 1/2 yard line. All in all, the Ravens did what good teams do - they beat the team they should have beat, and did it with 36/123/1 rushing on the day. The Bengals' defense has been shattered by a rash of linebacker injuries (starting MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring injury, out for a few more weeks); backup MLB J.K. Schaffer is already on IR; starting OLBs Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder injury) and Vontaze Burfict (neck/cervical strain) are both banged up and Sean Porter is on IR). They coughed up 34/171/1 to the Colts' backs last week and made Trent Richardson look good; Carolina hung 34/147/2 on this unit two games back. Forsett and Pierce have another outstanding matchup this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at IND 4 30 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at TB 15 32 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs ATL 8 21 1 1 0 0 0 0
8 at CIN PROJ-Dodds 8 * * 0 * * *
8 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay 7 * * 1 * * *
8 at CIN PROJ-Bloom 7 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs IND (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce made an entrance early in the 3rd quarter and instantly found success. He made a nice cutback making Werner miss and picked up 12. He followed it up with another nice cut on an inside zone run for a gain of 13. Pierce is trusted on passing downs more than Taliaferro and played in the 2nd half over the rookie.

2014 Week 6 vs TB (15 / 32 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce started getting carries less than 2 minutes into the game. Baltimore's offense often calls for the back to work as a pass protector then as a safety valve for the quarterback. Pierce is clearly ahead of Taliaferro in this department. The Ravens trust Pierce's pass blocking and catching more so he should continue to receive more snaps and touches than him. Pierce had a mediocre game running the football. He didn't look as determined as he did against the Colts but still ran with pace and intention.

2014 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 21 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce is being used as the second running back behind Forsett. Pierce is used as the short yardage back including goal line carries. He also occasionally subs for a series of plays to give Forsett a rest. Pierce looks unspectacular in everything he does. He dowas stopped in short yardage, dropped a pass and did a poor job in pass protection. Forsett is in no danger of losing his job.


Latest News

Ravens | Will continue to mix RBs (Thu Oct 16, 09:45 AM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett has thrust himself into the lead running back role for the team. He is fourth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with 6.4 yards per carry. The team still wants to use RB Bernard Pierce as an important part of their running game.

Our View: Forsett is still going to be the bigger part of the gameplan than Pierce is and we see him as a solid RB2 this week, while Pierce remains a streaky RB4.
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