RB Bernard Pierce - Free Agent

6-0, 218Born: 5-10-1991College: TempleDrafted: Round 3, pick 84 (2012)

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2014 Week 1 vs CIN (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was benched after fumbling the ball but had some ugly runs before he was pulled. On multiple occasions he tried to gain the edge for a big gain instead of cutting up field for sure yardage. He did make some nice cuts on some inside run plays following his blockers for nice yardage. Unfortunately he fumbled as soon as he started to find a rhythm.

2014 Week 2 vs PIT (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce is simply an average running back. He lacks special vision, quickness, power, and speed. He consistently gets less than what's blocked for him but flashes glimpses of being the no nonsense downhill runner he could be. Too often the offensive line got good initial push only to have Pierce plow head first into his blockers for minimal gain. Pierce got the majority of the short yardage carries but the Ravens weren't afraid to Forsett in near the goal line. No running back gets caught from behind trying to break into the second level by slow fat guys more than Bernard Pierce. He had one such carry to open the second drive for a nice gain but it's a reminder that well blocked plays sometimes feel wasted on Pierce. Pierce was given at least 5 carries inside the 5 yard line and couldn't convert any of them. Towards the end of the game the Ravens began dominating the line of scrimmage. Pierce was able to gain the edge multiple times and pick up nice chunks of yardage to boost his yards per carry. With goal line opportunities and ample carries Pierce should remain a solid running back 2 in fantasy.

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.

2014 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce had a mediocre game following a Taliaferro fumble and benching. Pierce looked slow hitting the hole on his first carry but refused to go down as multiple defenders delivered hits. Pierce missed a blitz pickup forcing pressure and an incompletion. On the following play Pierce barely got a piece of a blitzing linebacker. Pierce didn't see any more snaps until the 3rd quarter but made a really nice jump cut into a cutback lane and picked up 9 yards.

2013 Week 1 vs DEN (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce failed to impress overall and wasn't utilized in the passing game as much as in the preseason. Pierce followed Vonta Leach on his first Carry and picked up 14. At the end of the run Pierce jumps instead of trying to lower his pad level. This has resulted in awkward falls and leaves him susceptible to big hits. He must quit this habit if he wants to make it through a 16(+) game season. This one run was the highlight of Pierce's night. Later in the same drive Pierce was stopped for no gain after Leach missed a block on the strong safety. His next run was also poorly blocked, and Pierce was dropped for a loss. However this wasn't the case for all of Pierce's short runs. There were multiple runs Pierce had a cutback lane and failed to see it. On one such play Michael Oher lost at point of attack but the cut back lane was there and Pierce left 6-7 yards on the field.

2013 Week 2 vs CLE (19 / 57 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce looked the part of a featured back before and after Rice went down. The Browns defensive line was consistently in the backfield but Pierce ran hard and well when the blocking was there. It was surprising to see Pierce get the goal line carry prior to Rice's injury. Pierce also got a red zone carry from the 6 yard line but was stopped. Pierce was most effective running with Vonta Leach as he excels reading his fullback's blocks. The Browns were unable to stop the elusively fast Pierce from moving the chains late in the game and sealing the Ravens victory.

2013 Week 3 vs HOU (24 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce disappointed in his first NFL start. Pierce was tentative running and seemed to be hesitating too much and he didn't show much patience when it was needed either. There is no doubt Pierce left yards on the field and his 25 yard carry inflated his already putrid yards per attempt. Pierce seems unable to create space and set up defenders. However he is impressive when given space and the offensive line played poorly. J.J. Watt was constantly in the backfield as no one on the Ravens offensive line could contain him. Pierce did perform well in pass protection in his limited opportunities but is just adequate as a pass catcher.

2013 Week 4 vs BUF (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was barely a factor in the game against Buffalo. The Ravens decided to abandon the run and go into a pass happy mode. Rice received most of the snaps in passing situations.

2013 Week 5 vs MIA (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce played his best game of the season against the Dolphins. Pierce missed badly on a blitz pick up attempt early in the first quarter but didn't look back and was the Raven's most effective ball carrier. He looked very decisive and wasn't afraid of getting north and south instead of the hesitance he has showed when there isn't a clear running lane. He looked better than Rice on his touches and is a bigger threat for big plays. Towards the end of the third quarter ran behind Yanda and Leach to the edge showing off his speed and gaining 28.

2013 Week 6 vs GB (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce didn't have much more success than Rice on the ground. Pierce was frequently met in the backfield by unblocked defenders. The Ravens were much more successful running power instead of zone. Pierce is also a better power runner than zone so hopefully the Ravens can see this to help fix their running game.

2013 Week 7 vs PIT (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was stuffed on third and short when the Ravens brought in extra lineman to try to power through the Steelers line. Unfortunately the Raven's extra linemen are just as bad as their starters and failed to get any push for Pierce. Pierce missed a blitz pick up and Flacco was nearly strip sacked. Pierce then missed a cutback lane that would have picked up a 2nd and 1. Pierce looked more decisive than before but needs to improve his vision and patience.

2013 Week 9 vs CLE (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

On Bernard Pierce's first snap he allowed D'Qwell Jackson to walk him back to Flacco in pass protection and it resulted in a sack when Flacco couldn't escape the pocket. Pierce then tried to bounce a run outside instead of cutting inside and was dropped for a loss. Pierce was able to convert a 3rd and 1 into a first down. Something the Ravens have been struggling to do consistently with their offensive woes. Pierce didn't receive many snaps and didn't look good in a small sample.

2013 Week 10 vs CIN (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce is clearly much more elusive as a runner and receiver than Ray Rice. Pierce can't create yardage like Rice used to but he's an effective ball carrier who the Ravens should feature more and more as the season progresses. On the Raven's second drive they featured Bernard Pierce and he repaid them with positive yardage on running plays and a couple of receptions for first downs. Pierce did have a drop in the passing game but overall looked good.

2013 Week 11 vs CHI (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce played his worst game of the year and possibly of his career. Pierce missed a huge hole on his first carry and was dropped for a three yard gain. His second carry was horribly blocked and Pierce exacerbated the situation by running outside and losing 4 yards. Pierce did look better as the game went on but never looked great. Pierce tried bouncing another run outside and was dropped for a loss again.

2013 Week 12 vs NYJ (11 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce found little running room behind the Ravens offensive line. Pierc e looked much better than last week and fought for extra yardage. Pierce received all but one carry when the Ravens tried to run out the clock. Pierce is clearly a more effective short yardage than Rice. Pierce did give up a sack in pass protection but it was negated by penalty.

2013 Week 13 vs PIT (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce looked good and was able to use his blocks much better than Rice. Pierce looked good early running behind the right side of the Raven's line. He showed power running behind Yanda and got the edge following Dickson and Oher. Pierce doesn't get swallowed up by contact and fights for extra yardage.

2013 Week 14 vs MIN (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was used sparingly as is his production doesn't warrant further use. Pierce looked excellent in the 3rd quarter. He was breaking tackles and using his blocks very well. He fought for extra yardage on a short reception never stopping his leg drive and picking up a key first down.

2013 Week 15 vs DET (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce found room off of right tackle and got the edge for a 10 yard gain. He looked slow trying to eat up ground and may be playing through injury. Pierce doesn't seem to have much power either despite the added weight.

2013 Week 16 vs NE (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was one of the lone bright spots for the Ravens. He ran with power and hit the hole with good acceleration. Pierce had an impressive run reversing sides of the field as Michael Oher was pushed a few yards behind the line of scrimmage. Pierce retreated several yards behind the line of scrimmage before cutting up field and gaining 5 yards. Pierce was used as an effective safety valve for Flacco. He ran hard and maximized his yards after the catch.

2013 Week 17 vs CIN (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was impressive in his limited action. Pierce seemed the focal point of the Raven's offense after the first couple possessions. He converted two short yardage 3rd downs with gains of 9 and 14. The offensive line was able to open holes early and Pierce was running through arm tackles. The Ravens engineered their longest significant drive with Pierce as the driving force.

2012 Week 1 vs CIN (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As expected, there was not much work for Pierce behind Ray Rice. However, Pierce looked good in limited duty. He relieved Rice on the Ravens' fourth offensive series. His best rush came on an 11 yard gain around the right end where he showed good speed in gaining the corner. Pierce did enter the game in relief of Rice when Tyrod Taylor had entered at quarterback and the game was seemingly out of hand. Pierce was not targeted in the passing game.

2012 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pierce featured very little, but did have one six yard run. On that run, he had the opportunity to run across the field and potentially break off a massive gain. He didn't have the vision to locate the running lane and didn't appear to have the speed to take advantage of it either way.

2012 Week 3 vs NE (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Perhaps learning from Rice, Pierce was rugged but patient against New England. He picked up a valuable first down on his only reception and was called upon for a key fourth-and-one rush in the fourth quarter. While he did not get the first, he made the right read before getting swarmed by a host of Patriots. Pierce showed good burst behind line, but he likely won't pull away from anyone in the secondary.

2012 Week 4 vs CLE (6 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

This was the best game of his young career. Pierce flashed his burst and had a couple of nice cutbacks. The defense took Pierce lightly, however, as there were always more men in the box on Rice's carries. The Ravens' line opened a big hole for Pierce on his long run of 21 yards.

2012 Week 5 vs KC (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pierce had a nice 12 yard run with good leg drive through the left side.

2012 Week 6 vs DAL (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Pierce was utilized to spell Ray Rice and made the most of his four carries. His best run came on a 16 yard scamper in the second quarter. On the play, he took the handoff and quickly found a hole off-guard. Pierce kept driving his legs to break through the first point of contact on the way to a first down. He also had a short reception as an outlet receiver.

2012 Week 7 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

- Pierce did not receive a carry or reception on Sunday. Despite averaging 5.3 yards per rush this season, the Ravens could not find a way to utilize Pierce as they had to rely on the passing game very early on.

2012 Week 9 vs CLE (7 / 26 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pierce was consistently involved with the offense and gave the Ravens plenty of reasons to continue using him. Pierce's first carry went for 10 yards through a good hole up the middle of the defense, but the play was negated for an illegal formation penalty on Torrey Smith. The Ravens went straight back to Pierce, who took the ball off left tackle and followed his fullback forward for nine yards. Pierce gained an easy three yards on third and two running through a big hole, but he then kicked a defender after the play and was penalized by the referees. Pierce was getting a lot of time on the field on third and short and scored a touchdown on a fullback fake, toss to the running back when he showed good acceleration to run outside the defense.

2012 Week 10 vs OAK (10 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the game getting out of the hand early in the third quarter, Pierce got more than his usual dose of backup touches. Pierce had just as much success against the stingy run defense as Ray Rice on the day in his ten carries. His biggest run of the day, a 13-yard sweep where Pierce broke three tackles, was unfortunately called back by an offensive holding penalty. On two other occasions, Pierce broke tackles on his runs and showed the ability to get the edge on perimeter plays. Pierce is one of the more valuable handcuff running backs in fantasy, but has minimal value on his own outside of games with large amounts of garbage time or a random touchdown.

2012 Week 11 vs PIT (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Pierce accumulated all of his touches in the first half. During his team's third drive, Pierce spelled Rice and took his first carry up the middle for a three yard gain. During the next drive, Flacco found Pierce over the middle as he turned up field for an 11-yard gain. Alike Rice, Pierce is a hard-nosed runner that shows nice burst when he gets in space.

2012 Week 12 vs SD (9 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Despite Ray Rice getting thirty touches, Pierce had a decent workload himself with nine rushing attempts. He had one nice gain to the right side, getting to the edge with a nice burst and turning upfield for an 18-yard pickup. He capped the end of the run with an attempted leap over the defender. Had Pierce been able to get completely over him, he may have been able to go all the way to the end zone. Pierce's other key play in the game was key for the wrong reason. He was given a handoff up the middle on fourth and inches late in the third quarter, but the San Diego defense was ready for him. He got drilled in the backfield for a big loss and a turnover on downs.

2012 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Pierce had his first two carries in the first quarter when he ran for a combined six yards. After those two carries, Pierce was split wide when Flacco threw to him late in the flat. Pierce fought forward for the extra inches to convert for a first down. Pierce stayed in the game on the following play when he took the ball up the middle for five yards. If you didn't know better, you would have thought that Pierce was the primary option on offense. He took another two carries for a combined 12 yards with a nice cutback on the second run for nine yards. Pierce was bottled up for no gain on the next play, but he was getting carries in succession rather than working in when Rice was tired. Pierce escaped for an 11 yard gain up the middle late in the third quarter. He wasn't used much in the second half, as the Ravens went back to Rice and threw the ball an awful lot. He did look good on the field, but isn't near the level that Ray Rice is at.

2012 Week 14 vs WAS (8 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

The rookie from Temple continues to impress in limited action. Facing the Redskins' solid run defense, Pierce averaged over six-and-a-half yards-per-carry and caught two balls out of the backfield for eleven receiving yards. Pierce looked powerful and decisive running between the tackles, and did not shy away from contact on inside handoffs. His twenty-one yard run was the longest of his young career, and his fifty-three yards on the ground were also a career high. He treated the bipartisan crowd - since the game was in Washington, pun intended - to a circus-like play when he hurdled over a defender after catching a short pass from Flacco. Pierce would obviously take over as a feature back in a run-heavy offense in Baltimore, but it seems that Rice escaped Week Fourteen's loss without a significant injury. 


2012 Week 16 vs NYG (14 / 123 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce ran extremely well for a rookie RB on Sunday. Pierce looked explosive, was consistent throughout the game, protected the ball well and looked anything but a rookie. Pierce ran mostly outside runs, getting solid gains as he chose the correct hole against NYG. The Giants defense was anything but stout against the run or pass which helped Pierce have such a successful game. Pierce got most of his yards on one terrific run. Pierce got a lead draw up the middle against the Giants, got excellent blocking from his teammates and exploded untouched down the sideline for a big gain. Pierce was unlucky not to score as he was taken down 1 yard shy of the goal line. Pierce showed an excellent burst and great vision also throughout the game and could be developing into an excellent backup RB to spell Rice.

2012 Week 17 vs CIN (22 / 89 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

The rookie received the majority of carries in Rice's place, and Pierce was very effective on his runs, plowing through with a mixture of power and quickness that allowed the Ravens' rushing attack to carry the offense. Baltimore was often able to block open decent holes and Pierce lowered his pads and ran through any arm tackles the Cincinnati defense attempted. Though he doesn't possess the same speed as Rice, Pierce was able to get to gaps as they were blocked and slam in to contact when given the space to gain a head of steam. Pierce also showed a great level of lateral agility, cutting behind his blockers when gaps closed and slipping past diving tacklers. His mix of power and shiftiness allowed Pierce to gain good yardage whenever holes were blocked, and his only negative plays came when Cincinnati was able to slip their blockers and wrap him in the backfield. But even when Cincinnati plugged the gaps at the line of scrimmage, Pierce was able to generate enough power to push through the tackler, churning through contact. The only downside to Pierce's game was his inability to break any really long gains, as the running back didn't have the top-end speed to fly past everyone while Cincinnati stayed disciplined at the second level.

2012 Week 18 vs IND (13 / 103 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ray Rice lost two fumbles against the Colts and that, along with Pierce's productivity, led to a greater role in the Ravens' playoff victory. Pierce did not get into the game until the late first quarter, but then had a full series at a time on the field. He owned a second quarter drive with five carries for 37 yards on that possession alone. In the fourth quarter, he made one of the highlight plays for the Ravens offense. After getting stuffed on second-and-short, Pierce received another carry on third down; this time the blocking broke wide open on the right side as he gained 43 yards down into field goal range. Pierce continues to elevate his value as one of the premiere reserve running backs in the NFL.

2012 Week 19 vs DEN (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pierce saw just five carries, with limited success, against the Broncos. He got an entire possession of playing time on Baltimore's second time with the ball, but did little with it. In the third quarter, Pierce limped off the field on two different occasions, leading to Rice seeing the action exclusively down the stretch.

2012 Week 20 vs NE (9 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Pierce took Ray Rice's place to start the third drive. His first carry went over left guard, before he cut back and broke a tackle for a 10 yard gain and a first down. Pierce followed that up with a stretch play over left tackle, but the Patriots held him to just three yards. Pierce was back on the bench for the next drive, but came in as the drive extended down the field. He caught a quick pass in the flat before beating a defender and sprinting forward for 10 yards and a first down. The Ravens went straight back to him when he gained four yards running off right tackle. After the Patriots scored their opening touchdown, Pierce started the Ravens' next drive with a carry off right tackle that lost a yard. He came back outside left tackle on his next carry when he accelerated forward for a five yard gain. Pierce came in on second and five after a big play from Ray Rice and a catch from Torrey Smith. He took a draw play for seven yards and a first down with good awareness of his blocking. On third and two late in the third quarter, Pierce took a handoff from the shotgun formation with an edge defender coming free to tackle him behind the line of scrimmage. Pierce made a quick decision to cut outside before sprinting down the sideline for an 11 yard gain. He followed that up with six yard gain up the middle when he pushed his way through a small gap between the guard and tackle. After Ray Rice began the Ravens' attempts to run out the clock with three carries for a first down, Pierce burst through the middle of the line for a five yard gain. Pierce was stopped short of the first down with his next carry, but Vonta Leach came in to close out the game.