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Ray Rice is fine with Bernard Pierce getting more work

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The history of the NFL has countless examples of players who were once riding high losing their jobs to upwardly mobile backups, which makes it easy to understand why most players would sooner subject themselves to a Pauly Shore film festival before happily giving up playing time.

Ravens running back Ray Rice is zigging where most players might zag, however. Word out of Baltimore is that Bernard Pierce is in line for a bigger share of the touches out of the backfield after closing strong in 2012, something that Rice says isn’t bothering him at all. He sees Pierce as a player who brings different skills to the table, skills that the Ravens can use to inflict more damage on defenses early in games before Rice closes out the game.

“Sharing touches aren’t something that bothers me, because I know when it comes down to crucial situations, I’ll be in the game,” Rice said on the NFL Network, via the Ravens website. “And there’s not one running back that takes it all. There’s a few — Adrian Peterson and a few other guys — but Bernard’s a great backup, and he’s a great runner. … Going into our game plan, it’s hard to prepare for, you know, two guys that can come at you, rather than one.”

Pierce was used just about as often as Ricky Williams and Willis McGahee in past Ravens seasons, but an upward trend would make sense on two fronts. The first is that Pierce is early in his career as opposed to the two vets that used to be Rice’s counterparts and the other is that Rice isn’t as young as he used to be. A little less work now should help Rice’s chances of avoiding the kind of wear and tear that has sent many other running backs careening downhill as they get closer to turning 30 years old.

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26 Responses to “Ray Rice is fine with Bernard Pierce getting more work”
  1. spitsfire says: Jun 25, 2013 11:21 AM

    Ray Rice. 100% class act as usual.

  2. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:28 AM

    The man is class personified, and he gets the bigger picture. This is not a 1 back league anymore.

  3. armadaservices says: Jun 25, 2013 11:33 AM

    Problem here is, Ray Ray thinks Pierce is getting more touches in the middle of the game. I think Pierce will be the one “closing games out.”

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    Pretty sure the Ravens strategy has to be to get more playing time for back-up, lower-salary players. Soon they’ll be so heavy into one salary, it’ll be 21 other 2nd-tier players out there.

  5. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 25, 2013 11:43 AM

    How does a guy with this much class play in Baltimorgue. Can’t wait for the Ravens to move to Portland or Sacremento. You know, real cities with manageable crime rates, unlike the war zone known as baltimorgue.

  6. kosarsmyidol says: Jun 25, 2013 11:48 AM

    As a football fan, Ray Rice is probably my favorite running back to watch. As a Browns fan, he is often also my least favorite running back to watch.

  7. realskipbayless says: Jun 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    Rice says this now but we’ll see how it goes during gametime. I’ve seen him get an attitude on the sidelines before.

  8. SAV says: Jun 25, 2013 12:18 PM

    People are sitting here praising RR’s unselfishness. Newsflash to everyone. The entire Ravens team is like this. All character since Harbaugh took over. They all make sacrifices, they are a militia about to embark on a dynasty.

    Go to your bookie and put money on the Ravens to repeat before the third week of preseason. By then the cat will be out of the bag. If not by then then definitely week 1 when they abuse Denver. Suggs and Doom will be like two of Vicks dogs off the leash ready to feast.

  9. tonetalks says: Jun 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    Why are we surprised the two back system in the nfl is proven to work gone are the days of workhorse back

  10. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jun 25, 2013 12:32 PM

    I like when he’s on the sideline chewing on that mouthpiece of his while at the end of the game, he’s for 29 yards rushing against the Steelers! Steelers own him! Better hope pierce does better. Steelers will always,own the AFC north! And you haters know it!

  11. bigdaddyraven says: Jun 25, 2013 12:42 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says:
    Jun 25, 2013 11:43 AM
    How does a guy with this much class play in Baltimorgue. Can’t wait for the Ravens to move to Portland or Sacremento. You know, real cities with manageable crime rates, unlike the war zone known as baltimorgue.

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    Sounds like envy to me. You just still upset that Indy stole Baltimore’s Colts in 1984 and the Ravens didn’t come along until 1996, yet won the Super Bowl before the Colts. Now after last year Indy is one behind again. Don’t worry, be happy!

  12. bigdaddyraven says: Jun 25, 2013 12:45 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Jun 25, 2013 12:32 PM
    I like when he’s on the sideline chewing on that mouthpiece of his while at the end of the game, he’s for 29 yards rushing against the Steelers! Steelers own him! Better hope pierce does better. Steelers will always,own the AFC north! And you haters know it!

    =============================
    All they own is 3rd place, and they better watch out for the Browns or they might own 4th place.

  13. eweezy32 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    @ColtsWinColtsWin!! The ravens will never leave Baltimore this city bleeds purple and black so there is no need to get your hoes up about that. Baltimore is a football town and we know what we were missing from 84-96

  14. vincentlee71 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    I like when he’s on the sideline chewing on that mouthpiece of his while at the end of the game, he’s for 29 yards rushing against the Steelers! Steelers own him! Better hope pierce does better. Steelers will always,own the AFC north! And you haters know it!
    _____;___;_________________________:__:::_:_:I remember RR trucking the hunan hairball on his way to a td

  15. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 25, 2013 1:37 PM

    @ColtsWinColtsWin
    India-no-place’s murder rate is up by 60% this year. Baltimore’s has been steadily going down. First you take our football team, now you want all of our murderers?

  16. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 25, 2013 1:47 PM

    watch his receiving numbers.there going to go up no linebacker can cover him.one of the best all around backs in the league..he will still get plenty of touches

  17. i10east says: Jun 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    Good thing that the Ravens won the SB, because that’s the only thing this gawd-awful crime ridden city has going for it. My boy the old commish Tags made the correct decision with expansion in 93′. Go Jags!!! #TheWire

  18. bigdaddyraven says: Jun 25, 2013 2:14 PM

    i10east says:
    Jun 25, 2013 1:55 PM
    Good thing that the Ravens won the SB, because that’s the only thing this gawd-awful crime ridden city has going for it. My boy the old commish Tags made the correct decision with expansion in 93′. Go Jags!!! #TheWire

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    Jags…hahaha…they won’t even be in this country much longer.

  19. cfeeley52 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Jun 25, 2013 12:32 PM
    I like when he’s on the sideline chewing on that mouthpiece of his while at the end of the game, he’s for 29 yards rushing against the Steelers! Steelers own him! Better hope pierce does better. Steelers will always,own the AFC north! And you haters know it!
    ———————————–
    then what happened the last two years???
    you must have a different definition of the word “always”

  20. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    Bigbenownsthenfl, funny because I seem to remember Ray breaking your team’s record of not allowing a 100 yd rusher as recently as a couple of seasons ago…

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 25, 2013 3:37 PM

    I can’t wait to see RR being chased by a bunch of wheezing Steelers into the endzone. Those out-of-breath defenders are going to be diving into the turf just trying to grab a piece of shoelace.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:

    Those out-of-breath defenders are going to be diving into the turf just trying to grab a piece of shoelace
    ——————————————————
    Better to dive into the turf to grab a shoelace than to dive into the turf to get hurdled. A move better known as the Reed.

    You’ll never catch Troy looking at the turf, that’s for sure.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 25, 2013 5:21 PM

    “You’ll never catch Troy looking at the turf, that’s for sure.”

    True. Troy has one move left. Jump offsides and hope you don’t get caught.

  24. scoobies05 says: Jun 25, 2013 6:10 PM

    crown is right…you wont catch troy looking at the turf because he cant seem to stay off the bench. big ben however is wrong. unless the definition of always has changed. like last year when pitt came in 3rd. or the year before when they came in 2nd. and so on and so on

  25. purpleade says: Jun 25, 2013 7:28 PM

    A consummate profesional: Ray Rice from Rochelle/Rutgers who Runs for the Ravens, and just got his first Ring. I’m glad he is a Raven.

  26. ppdoc13 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:30 PM

    @doltsare4losers- you along with the worst owner have now owned the dolts longer than they were in bmore.

    We have the best owner in the league as well as the top front office. You managed to win only a single SB despite having Peyton manning for the majority of his career. Your HC is due to us and without him no free agent in their right mind is going to Indy unless they get overpaid. Meanwhile top level free agents want to play for the ravens. The Baltimore colts are dead. Their history died in 1983. No matter what you do, you can’t steal our history. And we’re it not for the dumb luck of getting Peyton and now Andrew there is a very good chance your team would still mired in mediocrity. Meanwhile we have won 2 SB ‘s in less than 20 years and have sold out EVERY SINGLE GAME. Can you say that? When you can then you can mouth off

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