Bernard Pierce RB JAC 11 Days

The Jaguars claimed Pierce off waivers Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

A third-round draft pick back in 2012, Pierce was recently released by the Ravens in the aftermath of a DUI arrest. He had a strong rookie season working behind Ray Rice, but then struggled in both 2013 and 2014. While Pierce doesn't offer much in terms of pass blocking, receiving or elusiveness, he does have a decent combination of size and speed. He'll likely have to compete for a roster spot, though he's fortunate to land with a team that doesn't have much talent at running back. If the DUI sticks, Pierce will eventually have to serve a mandatory two-game suspension.

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The Ravens have released Pierce, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The move follows the running back's arrest early Wednesday morning on DUI charges. The departure of Pierce, who carried 93 times for 366 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for the Ravens this past season, leaves the team with a running back depth chart currently headed by starter Justin Forsett and second-year pro Lorenzo Taliaferro.

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Pierce was arrested in Towson, Md. early Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of alcohol, Jessica Anderson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pierce becomes the third Ravens player to be arrested just this offseason, following the since-released Terrence Cody and Victor Hampton. Pierce shouldn't be in line for a similar fate, but it's undoubtedly a black mark for a player whose stock within the organization was already falling. Though he had every opportunity to run away with the starting job last season following Ray Rice's release, Pierce amassed only 366 yards on 93 carries (3.9 YPC) and watched as Justin Forsett passed him up on the depth chart. With the Ravens re-signing Forsett on a three-year deal last week, Pierce will now have to battle with second-year player Lorenzo Taliaferro for No. 2 running back duties.

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Pierce had 93 carries for 366 yards and two touchdowns, adding two receptions for 13 yards, during the 2014 regular season.

Pierce entered the year as a candidate to emerge as Baltimore's lead back, but it was Justin Forsett who ultimately filled that role. Forsett averaged 5.4 yards on 235 carries, while Pierce looked hopelessly lost much of the time, despite running behind an excellent offensive line. Though Forsett is set to become an unrestricted free agent, it will be surprising if Pierce is anything more than a backup in the final year of his rookie contract. If the Ravens can't retain Forsett, they'll likely look for outside help, or else turn the reigns over to 2014 fourth-round selection Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot). Pierce may need to compete for a roster spot.

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Pierce had six carries for eight yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Browns.

Fitzgerald Toussaint, who got more work than Pierce in Week 16, finished with just eight yards on three touches (one reception). The Ravens have been remarkably inconsistent with the usage of their backup running backs this season, and Justin Forsett continues to serve as the workhorse. Pierce and Toussaint are thus unappealing options, even as dart throws in daily contests or playoff leagues.

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Pierce (back) lost two yard on his only carry in Sunday's 25-13 loss to the Texans.

With Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) out for the season, Pierce surprisingly got less work than Fitzgerald Toussaint, who finished with 31 yards on six touches (two receptions). The Ravens haven't been consistent with their running back usage behind Justin Forsett, so it's still possible that Pierce could operate as the top backup in Week 17.

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Pierce (back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

With Lorenzo Taliaferro on IR, Pierce, who logged six carries for 37 yards in Week 15's win over the Jaguars, will work as Justin Forsett's clear-cut top backup/complement down the stretch, an assignment that carries some utility in deeper leagues.

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Pierce (back) is probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, the Ravens' official site reports.

Pierce, who logged six carries for 37 yards in Week 15's win over the Jaguars, is only a consideration in deeper leagues, though with Lorenzo Taliaferro on IR, he's Justin Forsett's clear-cut top backup down the stretch.

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Pierce (back) practiced fully Thursday, the Ravens' official site reports.

Pierce was limited at practice Wednesday, but his full participation Thursday puts him on track to be available to work behind Justin Forsett on Sunday against the Texans.

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Pierce (back) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pierce, who logged six carries for 37 yards in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, is only a consideration in deeper formats, though his status is of some import to the Ravens' backfield depth, behind Justin Forsett with Lorenzo Taliaferro on IR.