Bernard Pierce Fantasy News

Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:21pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

The Ravens have signed running back Justin Forsett to a one-year deal.

Baltimore was looking to add to its running back corps this offseason. Ray Rice’s recent legal troubles, which could lead to a suspension, also a consideration, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh. Forsett joins Rice and Bernard Pierce.

He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans and new Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, which gives him an understanding of Kubiak’s system that he can help pass along to the other running backs.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:32pm

Aaron Wilson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said his surgically-repaired rotator cuff is getting better, will be ready by training camp.

Ravens switching to a zone blocking scheme
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:53am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens will have adjustments to make to Gary Kubiak's system, which emphasizes zone-blocking schemes, athletic linemen and running the football.

Fantasy Impact:

A zone-blocking running game could be good for Bernard Pierce, who was known as a solid one-cut runner coming out of college. With Ray Rice's future somewhat in question (due to his domestic violence incident), Pierce could see a much larger role in 2014.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:29pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens HC Jim Harbaugh said backup running back Bernard Pierce is expected back by the first day of training camp. Pierce had rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.

Fantasy Impact:

Pierce could be in for a big role in 2014 if Ray Rice's off-field issues continue to spiral downward.

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:46am

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

Expect Ray Rice to return to his marquee position in the Ravens offense.

With Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s run-first offense, Rice will see plenty of action in 2014. And the offense’s success will largely rest on his stocky legs.

“I think as he goes, we’ll go,” Kubiak said of Rice in an interview with BaltimoreRavens.com.

“Our goal is to get him going, and he’s excited to get going and put last year behind him.”

Kubiak shared the carries between Arian Foster and backup Ben Tate in Houston. And he’ll do the same in Baltimore with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

“I think in this league nowadays you need a couple of guys,” Kubiak said. “It’s hard to hand it to one guy 30 times a game; they just get worn down. It’ll take both of them. They’re very talented and if we can get both of them going, the better we’ll be.”

Fantasy Impact:

The article doesn't really shed a ton of light on the situation, other than the fact that Kubiak seems committed to getting Rice going again. But then he compares Pierce to Arian Foster. Rice looked like an "old" 26 year-old, but said after the season that he struggled all year with a hip injury.

Bernard Pierce out 4-5 months after shoulder surgery
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 11:01am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery today at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia to repair his rotator cuff, his agent told The Baltimore Sun.

Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.

Fantasy Impact:

People are writing off Ray Rice after his dreadful 3.1 YPC, but Pierce was actually worse (2.9 YPC) which makes us wonder if the line/scheme deserves a good amount of blame for the team's rushing woes. Regardless, the Ravens have said they may move to more of a RBBC in 2014. Pierce should be ready to play by training camp.

Benard Pierce needs shoulder surgery
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12:07pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce is expected to undergo surgery on his right shoulder to repair damage to his rotator cuff, according to a league source.

Surgery hasn't been scheduled yet. If Pierce has the procedure, it would take place this month to allow him sufficient time to heal for next season.

The initial recommendation for Pierce was that he needed to have surgery, which would require four to five months of rehabilitation this offseason. If Pierce opts not to have surgery, he would still require months of rehab to strengthen the shoulder.

Fantasy Impact:

Pierce should have plenty of time to heal before training camp starts provided he has the surgery soon.

Ray Rice's lack of playing time part of strategy
Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:17pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The quiet season of Ravens running back Ray Rice reached another low point Sunday when he stood on the sideline for nearly the entire first half.

Rice was replaced in the backfield by reserve running backs Bernard Pierce and Bernard Scott after the Ravens' opening drive. Rice opened the game with one carry for 1-yard, but didn't get back in the game until the Ravens' final drive of the first half.

Both Rice and Ravens coach John Harbaugh attributed the reduction in playing time to strategy, not because of Rice's nagging quadriceps injury.

"That was a decision really with the offensive coaches," Harbaugh said. "When we were backed up, we didn't want to put him in those backed-up situations. We didn't feel the need to do that."

Fantasy Impact:

Although Rice got more involved in the second half of the Ravens' season-ending 34-17 loss by scoring a game-tying two-point conversion in the third quarter, he ended the game with six runs for 15 yards and seven catches for 35 yards. This was a must-win game for the Ravens in order to have a shot at making the playoffs.

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Ravens could move to hot-hand backfield
Monday, November 11, 2013, 6:34pm

Aaron Wilson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said "no doubt about it," that Ray Rice's health is a negative factor in how he's played.

Fantasy Impact:

It's now possible the Ravens could use a hot-hand backfield between Rice and Bernard Pierce. Rice has yet to break 100 yards this season. In his last four games Rice has 58 carries for 126 yards and no TDs. That comes out to just 2.17 yards a rush. He's had a little more value in PPR leagues and in that same frame has 16 catches for 89 yards.

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