Bernard Pierce Fantasy News
Ravens switching to a zone blocking scheme
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:53am
The Ravens will have adjustments to make to Gary Kubiak's system, which emphasizes zone-blocking schemes, athletic linemen and running the football.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:29pm
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
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.”
“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.”
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
Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
Ravens could move to hot-hand backfield
Monday, November 11, 2013, 6:34pm
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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But especially prior to the game against the Steelers, he clearly wasn’t the same explosive, elusive and dynamic player that he has been for Baltimore the past several years.
Rice says he's feeling better and is ready to do some damage - as he put it. He and Bernard Pierce have each only averaged 2.8 yards a carry this year, with some of that blame on the offensive line. But the team feels the line played better against the Steelers leading up to last week's bye. This week, the Ravens will play the Browns.