Bernard Pierce RB BAL 16 Days

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome indicated he is anticipating a run-based offense under new OC Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak's Texans offenses were most successful when leaning on his zone-run game to set up designed vertical shot plays. "It's very precise," said Newsome of Kubiak's scheme. "It's physical. I think we'll run the ball better, we'll keep the ball more and we'll have big plays." With Ray Rice facing a suspension, Bernard Pierce should get the first crack at Ravens lead-back duties.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 20 Days

The Baltimore Sun considers Bernard Pierce the favorite to open the season as the Ravens' starting tailback, assuming Ray Rice receives a multi-game suspension.

Pierce is expected to start, and work "in tandem" with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, likely in addition to Justin Forsett. This is just a prediction, of course. Pierce was limited throughout the spring while recovering from a pretty serious shoulder surgery. We're going to keep close tabs on him in camp.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 25 Days

Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) is expected to be a full-go for the beginning of training camp.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month

Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested Bernard Pierce may be ahead of schedule in his recovery from January shoulder surgery.

The Ravens initially planned for Pierce to miss all pre-training camp activities, but he's performing individual drills at OTAs. "[He] may be a little bit ahead of schedule maybe," Harbaugh said. Pierce has a lot on the line with Ray Rice and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro both incurring off-field issues. Still only 24, Pierce has a chance to open the season as Baltimore's lead running back.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Bernard Pierce (shoulder) has been limited to individual drills in OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Pierce underwent surgery in January. Despite his terrible 2013, Pierce remains locked in as the Ravens' No. 2 running back behind Ray Rice, and could have a big early-season role. Fourth-rounder Lorenzo Taliaferro is not yet a threat.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Coach John Harbaugh reiterated Bernard Pierce (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp.

"You're probably looking at training camp for him, which shouldn't be an issue as long as you don't get a setback," Harbaugh said. Pierce has been allowed to "move around" at offseason workouts, but the Ravens are being careful with him. Pierce is a prime bounce back candidate after an unimpressive 2013.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

GM Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens planned to add one or two running backs even before Ray Rice's assault charges.

The Ravens poked around at free agent backs like LeGarrette Blount, but ended up only signing Justin Forsett. Expect them to address the position on Day 2 or 3 of next week's draft. Rice is facing a possible suspension, he produced cliff-diving tape last season and Bernard Pierce is coming off serious shoulder surgery.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 4 Months1 Comment

Bernard Pierce (shoulder) confirmed he expects to be ready for training camp.

Pierce is three months removed from shoulder surgery and won't be available for OTAs. He remains on track with his mid-July timetable, but the Ravens haven't ruled out adding a running back in the draft or free agency. A strong fit in OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme, Pierce could push for an even timeshare with Ray Rice this season.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 5 Months

The Ravens new playbook emphasizes zone-blocking schemes.

The Ravens will be adjusting to new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's preferred style, not the other way around. It's another plus sign for Bernard Pierce, who drew some Arian Foster comparisons coming out of Temple thanks to his one-cut ability. Pierce was already trending up with Ray Rice looking old last season and now battling an ugly domestic situation.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 5 Months4 Comments

Bernard Pierce (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Pierce underwent rotator cuff surgery in January, but hasn't had any setbacks. He remains on track to be ready for camp and is a candidate to take on an expanded role in the running game with Ray Rice dealing with off-field issues. The Ravens plan to use a two-back system under new OC Gary Kubiak.