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RB Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens

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

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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 - 36, 31, 31, 33, 33, 34, 34, 35, 36, 36, 37, 38, 38, 39, 40, 40, 41, 41, 41, 42, 42, 42, 44, 45, 49
RB Redraft PPR - 38, 29, 31, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 37, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 40, 40, 40, 41, 41, 41, 41, 42, 42, 45, 45, 50
RB Dynasty - 35, 30, 32, 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 * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 180 * * 23 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 135 * * 24 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 169 * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 101
RB: 37
Overall-PPR: 101
RB-PPR: 38

Baltimore Ravens Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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  Mark Wimer - August 6
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Latest News

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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Ravens | Ray Rice to start seeing snaps decrease during preseason (Thu Aug 14, 02:13 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice is expected to work with the first-team offense during the second preseason game but likely will start losing snaps to RBs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro since he will sit out the first two games of the regular season. Pierce and Taliaferro have received more work with the starting offense during practice, and Pierce is expected to start the third preseason game.

Our View: Pierce is going to get the starter's treatment to open the season while Rice is out, but Rice isn't going away. This will likely resemble a true committee with the backs splitting the work somewhere between 60/40 and 50/50. Rice is the better value in PPR leagues, and Pierce is the better value in standard leagues.
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2014 Schedule

1vs Cincinnati Bengals
2vs Pittsburgh Steelers
3@ Cleveland Browns
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8@ Cincinnati Bengals
9@ Pittsburgh Steelers
10vs Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns