Harbaugh says Bernard Pierce clearly bigger and faster
Running back enters second NFL season after promising rookie year
By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun
10:50 a.m. EDT, July 27, 2013
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce made a concerted effort to increase his size, strength and, particularly, his speed following an encouraging rookie season.
The primary backup to Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice has accomplished those goals, according to coach John Harbaugh.
"Bernard Pierce has gotten bigger and faster," Harbaugh said. "He's done a great job with his offseason conditioning program. He looks good, and I'd say the first two days of practice, he's a better player now than he was last year even at the end of the season."
Concentrating on his speed has been the primary emphasis for Pierce this offseason while preparing for his second NFL season after gaining 532 yards and averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie.
Although Pierce has bulked up 10 pounds since last season to 228 pounds, the native of Ardmore, Pa., has maintained a lean build. Pierce has always preferred running through defenders rather than around them, but is working on battling that natural tendency to plow straight ahead.
That doesn't mean that Pierce lacks acceleration, though. The 2012 third-round draft pick from Temple ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. And Pierce's 100-meter time of 10.6 seconds was the best in Pennsylvania when he was a senior at Glen Mills.
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