Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month3 Comments

Bernard Pierce revealed that his weight ballooned to 248 pounds following January shoulder surgery.

The good news is Pierce has dropped into the 217-222 range, and recovered fully from the surgery. "I definitely feel lighter and quick," he said Sunday. Pierce just turned 24 in May, and is the favorite to open the season as the Ravens' feature back. He could run away with the job during Ray Rice's two-game ban.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month

Updating a previous item, Bernard Pierce reported to Ravens training camp at 217 pounds.

Pierce played in the 230 range last season, which he came to regret en route to a plodding 2.86 YPC. His 2012 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot, 218. "I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh insisted. "He's a heck of a player. He's worked very hard, he's 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days."

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month

Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries that included problems with his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe. Now he's fully healthy, back near his ideal playing weight and Ray Rice is facing a suspension. Pierce's extremely impressive rookie tape has us willing to take a shot on a bounce-back campaign.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month

Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

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 3 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 3 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.