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RB Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens

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

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Pierce suffered a concussion in the third preseason game in late August.

Summary

Bernard Pierce entered 2013 with expectations as high as any backup rusher in the NFL. He, like his teammate ahead of him on the depth chart, struggled mightily. Pierce also had offseason shoulder surgery. He has been cleared for training camp, but any shoulder issue for a running back is far from insignificant. If healthy, Pierce could excel in Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak's one-cut zone blocking system, as he was compared by some to Arian Foster coming out of college. Pierce's success is tied to both his health and that of Ray Rice. Both backs have the potential but need to bounce back from a bad 2013. Pierce will begin the season as the lead back due to Rice's two-game suspension. If successful in Kubiak's new scheme, this could be a full-blown committee approach when Rice returns. (July 24)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 37, 29, 31, 33, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 38, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 39, 41, 41, 41, 42, 43, 44, 44, 45, 48
RB Redraft PPR - 39, 31, 33, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 40, 40, 40, 40, 41, 41, 42, 43, 43, 44, 46, 48
RB Dynasty - 33, 30, 31, 32, 33, 37, 47

Stats and Projections

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2012 BAL 16 108 532 1 11 7 47 0
2013 BAL 16 152 436 2 25 20 104 0
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 165 * * 18 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 165 * * 22 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 135 * * 24 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 169 * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 100
RB: 37
Overall-PPR: 102
RB-PPR: 37

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Latest News

Ravens | Bernard Pierce practicing (Sat Aug 30, 12:33 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 30.

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Ravens | Several miss practice (Tue Aug 26, 02:26 PM) - Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back), CB Jimmy Smith (chest), CB Asa Jackson (ankle), FS Matt Elam (leg), RB Bernard Pierce (head), OT Jah Reid (head) and DT Terrence Cody (hip) all were not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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Ravens | Bernard Pierce update (Mon Aug 25, 04:26 PM) - Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) is dealing with a mild concussion, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Pierce was hurt in the first quarter of the team's preseason game against the Washington Redskins and did not practice Monday, Aug. 25. Pierce said via his Twitter account that he is feeling fine.

Our View: New NFL policy says that players are not allowed to talk to the media as they go through the NFL's protocol for concussions. It will be interesting to see if that includes a player's personal Twitter account as well. Pierce is set to be the Ravens starter over the first two games of the year while Ray Rice is suspended.
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Ravens | Bernard Pierce leaves game (Sat Aug 23, 08:15 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (head) left the third preseason game early and is going through the concussion protocol.

Our View: The Ravens need Pierce on the field. He's set to be the team's starter while Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension. If Pierce is slowed down by this injury, then Justin Forsett could compete as the top back while Rice is out.
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Ravens | Ricky Wagner wins starting job (Mon Aug 18, 04:15 PM) - Baltimore Ravens OT Ricky Wagner has won the starting right tackle job, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh said Wagner earned the job.

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