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Heading into the 2012 season, no one was really sure who else was going to get carries in the Baltimore Ravens backfield besides Ray Rice. In the past, the Ravens had solid veteran backup running backs to spell Rice some time, including Willis McGahee and Ricky Williams.
Bernard Pierce saw very little action at the beginning of his rookie season, but once Jim Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator, he became a huge part of the Ravens offense. In his last six games of the season, including the playoffs, Pierce had two games where he went over 100 rushing yards. Throughout the postseason, Pierce also recorded another 39 carries for over 200 rushing yards.
Not too bad for a backup running back in his rookie season.
Entering his second season with the team, expect Pierce to continue this type of production. Rice is still the main guy in the backfield, but expect Pierce to get at least 10 carries per game. Caldwell showed last year that he is not afraid to play Pierce at any moment in a game and will continue to use him often.
Look to draft Pierce in one of the final rounds of your upcoming fantasy football drafts.