In their 17 years as an NFL franchise, the Baltimore Ravens have established a name for themselves as a team that is consistently good at running the ball. Nearly every season, the purple and black have at the very least a 1,000-yard rusher, if not a Pro Bowler who is among the league's best runners.
The 2013 Ravens look to continue that tradition with Ray Rice set for his fifth season as the team's starting running back. Rice has made three Pro Bowls in four seasons and he is now widely regarded as one of the top running backs in the game today.
Rice is a small running back, though, and part of the reason he's stayed so good over these four years has been the assistance of a high quality backup. Bernard Pierce will try to fill that role in 2013 although he totaled 532 rushing yards as a backup last year, showing that he has the potential to become something special. As good as Rice is, Pierce could be in line for an increased workload this season.
Rounding the depth chart are backups Anthony Allen and Damien Berry. Both players are fighting for a third-string spot and/or extended playing time on special teams.
Here's an extended look at the Ravens' running back situation, with a look at what each back has to offer to the Ravens offense.