On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Sep. 25, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT Live Monday Press Conference Watch Head Coach John Harbaugh address the media.
  • Sat., Sep. 30, 2017 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Tune in Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. on WBAL.
  • Sat., Sep. 30, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Tune in Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on WBAL.
  • Sun., Oct. 01, 2017 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Tune in after Saturday Night Live on WBAL.
  • Sun., Oct. 01, 2017 12:30 PM EDT Live Audio Broadcast Tune in for a live audio broadcast of the Steelers vs. Ravens game.
  • Mon., Oct. 02, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT Live Monday Press Conference Watch Head Coach John Harbaugh address the media.
  • Sat., Oct. 07, 2017 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Tune in Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. on WBAL.
  • Sat., Oct. 07, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Tune in Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on WBAL.
  • Sun., Oct. 08, 2017 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Tune in after Saturday Night Live on WBAL.
  • Mon., Oct. 09, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT Live Monday Press Conference Watch Head Coach John Harbaugh address the media.

News

Print
RSS

Bernard Pierce Ready To Backup Ray Rice

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Bernard Pierce isn’t sure exactly what his role will be, but says he’s ready for whatever.


Even after the Ravens drafted Bernard Pierce in the third round, some pundits still thought Baltimore would add a veteran running back.

The Ravens wouldn’t hand the reins of backing up Pro Bowler Ray Rice to a rookie, would they?

Yes, they would. In fact, they handed the reins to not one, but two rookies.

Now, Pierce heads into Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.

"I feel I’m as ready as I’ll ever be,” Pierce said. "I’ve got the playbook down, I’ve been going over film every day. I’m ready to go.”

Pierce surpassed second-year players Anthony Allen (practice squad) and Damien Berry (injured reserve). Pierce also beat out free agent running backs on the market.

"Nothing is given,” he said. "I feel l earned the job. You’ve got to go out and get everything you want. I had to work for it.”

Last year, veteran backup Ricky Williams ran 108 times for 444 yards and two touchdowns. He earned enough trust to sometimes spell Rice on full series.

Pierce doesn’t know whether he’ll have a similar role. He simply said the Ravens have a plan for him, and he’s going to trust it.

"I’ll go in when needed; that’s what I know,” Pierce said. "If Ray is tired, I should be able to spell him throughout a couple reps.”

Pierce ran relatively well in the preseason, but had some rookie moments. He had 10 attempts for 35 yards against Jacksonville, including a 20-yard run.

But he was stopped for no gain twice and for just 1 yard three times. Pierce went backwards twice in the preseason finale in St. Louis for losses of 6 and 3 yards. He got caught trying to sometimes make something out of nothing.

Pierce is still learning.

"The NFL is a north and south game, not east and west,” he said. "Everybody is a lot faster. They reminded me of that. I had to get rid of [that habit]."

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos

Save