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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 - 39, 32, 32, 33, 33, 34, 34, 35, 35, 36, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50
RB Redraft PPR - 40, 32, 32, 33, 33, 35, 35, 36, 36, 37, 37, 37, 39, 39, 40, 42, 43, 45, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50
RB Dynasty - 32, 28, 30, 33, 33, 36, 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 15 145 * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 180 * * 23 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 125 * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 171 * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 102
RB: 38
Overall-PPR: 103
RB-PPR: 39

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Latest News

Ravens | Bernard Pierce drops weight (Sun Jul 27, 08:21 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said he weighed 248 pounds after he underwent shoulder surgery this offseason but currently weighs 222 pounds.

Our View: Pierce looked sluggish last year, so the lower weight could help him be more explosive. He'll be the lead back for the Ravens while Ray Rice serves his two-game suspension.
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Ravens | Bernard Pierce returns (Sun Jul 27, 04:49 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (illness) returned to practice Sunday, July 27.

Our View: Not a big deal here. Pierce is set to be the primary back for the Ravens while Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension. Once Rice returns, Pierce will go back to being a backup for the Ravens.
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Ravens | Bernard Pierce ill (Sat Jul 26, 11:20 PM) - Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (illness) left practice Saturday, July 26, because of an illness.

Our View: Not a big deal here. Pierce is likely to start when Ray Rice is suspended for the first two games of the season.
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Ravens | Do not know of injury to Bernard Pierce (Sat Jul 26, 10:38 PM) - Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (undisclosed) left practice early with a team doctor Saturday, July 26, but the team is not aware of any injury.

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Ravens | Bernard Pierce exits (Sat Jul 26, 04:45 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (undisclosed) left practice Saturday, July 26, with a team doctor.

Our View: The Ravens are going to be without Ray Rice (suspended) for the first two games of the year. Pierce should be the starter at the time. Without Pierce in practice, there was likely an increased opportunity for Justin Forsett.
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