With Ray Rice running as well as any other running back in the entire league, it's important the Ravens get his backup right. They need someone that can spell him several plays a game while also being a capable starter should the worst happen and Rice miss time with injury.
Amazingly, all four of the Ravens backup running backs have two or less years of experience in the NFL. Though they may yet make a move and sign a veteran, chances are that a young guy will be backing up Rice. And now it's looking like that player could easily be Bernard Pierce or Bobby Rainey.
That's really bad news for Anthony Allen but it might be worse news for Damien Berry. A practice squad player from last year, Berry will be less of a priority then a seventh-round pick like Allen, who the Ravens had initially hoped would win the backup job. This means that if Berry does not find a way to distinguish himself, he could be back on the practice squad or even out of a job.
Against the Atlanta Falcons, Berry had an unimpressive performance with seven carries for 17 yards. Berry can do better than that as he is one of the fastest players on the Ravens team. Speed alone will not save him, though, especially with both Rice and Rainey providing plenty of that from the running back position.