On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jul. 30, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Live Training Camp Presser Ravens coordinators, Marc Trestman, Dean Pees and Jerry Rosburg will address the media at the conclusion of practice.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016



Bernard Pierce Will Push Ray Rice For Carries

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Bernard Pierce hopes to build on an impressive rookie year, where he came on strong down the stretch.

As Bernard Pierce packed up his locker to begin the offseason, his mind was already thinking ahead to next year.

The Ravens were less than a week removed from winning Super Bowl XLVII to cap Pierce's rookie season, but the running back has already turned the page.

"I'm not the type to stay stuck in the past," Pierce said. "It's over with. We won. And now I'm thinking about next season. I'm thinking about how great we have to be next season to get to where we left off this year."

Pierce will look to build on an impressive rookie campaign, where he came on strong down the stretch and averaged 5.2 yards per carry in the playoffs.

As the No. 2 back behind Ray Rice, Pierce showed that he has the talent to be a featured back, and next year the Ravens will have to continue finding ways to get the ball in both of their hands.

"It's going to be hard next year with how you play those guys," Running Backs Coach Wilbert Montgomery said in an interview at the Super Bowl.

Pierce's hard-nosed running style was a perfect complement to the shifty Rice, giving the Ravens a true one-two punch out of the backfield.

"We are building a bully and he exemplifies that with his play and his attitude," Montgomery said. "He's a quiet guy, but he's still a fun guy, and I think his teammates really love him. They know when he's on the field that he's going to make something happen."

Pierce finished the season with 532 rushing yards and one touchdown on 108 carries. He added 39 carries for 202 yards in the playoffs.

Rice had 1,143 rushing yards on 257 carries in the regular season, and added 306 rushing yards on 84 carries in the playoffs. Rice is also more of a threat in the passing game and he racked up 478 receiving yards on 61 catches. Piece had just eight total catches on the year.

"I think that my role where I'm at right now is perfect," Rice said during an interview with the NFL Network." I'm effective in the pass game and I can do some damage in the run game as well. Right now I think this is just right for me. I'll get my touches.  I just have to make sure I can last for a whole season.

"I have a great backup in Bernard Pierce. He's an up-and-coming guy in this league as well."

Pierce downplayed his emergence as a future star in the NFL, and emphasized that he has plenty of room to grow in his first professional offseason.

"Nobody is perfect and there's always room for improvement, and that's really how I've always based my game," he said. "No matter how much we get praised, or how much somebody thinks you're this great player, there is always room to make yourself better. That's what's going to keep me motivated."

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