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Pierce eager for second chance with Jaguars

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Pierce eager for second chance with Jaguars

Vowing that "I made one mistake, and it won't happen again," former Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is eager to start a new chapter with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Pierce's three-year, disappointing tenure with the Ravens ended abruptly in March, as he was released less than 24 hours after being arrested on charges that included driving under the influence. But the Jaguars claimed Pierce off waivers the next day.

Pierce met with the media during the Jaguars offseason conditioning program this week and told the Florida Times-Union, "My outlook is that nobody remembers the good things you do, but they always try to scrutinize and criticize the bad things. I made one mistake in my whole career, my whole life, and now I’m trying to build myself up.”

Pierce told the Jacksonville media that he has never been much of a drinker and that the incident in the wee hours after St. Patrick's Day came down to "bad timing, I guess. Me and a couple of guys went out."

Pierce reiterated that he wasn't surprised that the Ravens cut him. On the night of his arrest, according to court documents, Pierce told an officer, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care."

Pierce told the Jaguars media that, "With as many offseason issues as they have and with the zero-tolerance policy, I knew that could be it for me. But I didn’t think there would be a phone call and that would be it.”

The Ravens have said there is not a zero-tolerance policy, per se, but the simple truth is Pierce had become expendable with the emergence of Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, coupled with Pierce's subpar season. Given the chance to become a starter after the Ray Rice fiasco, Pierce was benched after a fumble in Week 1 against Cincinnati.

 Although he responded with a 96-yard effort in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, Pierce never again came close to matching that production. He did not have more than 50 yards in a game the rest of the season, and even appeared to fall behind undrafted rookie Fitzgerald Toussaint on the depth chart by season's end. It was a rapid tumble for a running back who was chosen in the third round in the 2012 draft.

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Pierce finished the year with 93 carries for 366 yards, both career lows.

 In Jacksonville, Pierce joins a team that ranked 21st in the league in rushing. Denard Robinson (582 yards) was the leading rusher last season.

“I don’t come in expecting anything,” Pierce said. “My standpoint is to come in and try to get a job, try to compete.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: DeCosta looking at 2019 NFL Draft as opportunity to address remaining needs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: DeCosta looking at 2019 NFL Draft as opportunity to address remaining needs

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news as general managers and head coaches gather in Phoenix, Az for the NFL Annual League Meeting. 

Player Notes: 

- General manager Eric DeCosta likes the way the Ravens' secondary is looking with Jimmy Smith, and said it would be "foolish" to turn a strength on the team into a weakness by potentially parting ways with the cornerback.

“It’s a very fluid process," DeCosta said via the Ravens' website. "We’re in good shape right now salary-cap wise. Jimmy’s a good player. We’ve got a really, really good secondary and it’s a passing league. I think that’s important.”

Smith carries a $15.85 million salary cap hit in 2019.

- The Ravens are looking at the 2019 NFL Draft as an opportunity to address their needs at wide receiver and pass rusher, according to comments made by DeCosta Monday. Free agency brought the departures of Michael Crabtree, John Brown, C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith leaving huge holes to fill in both areas. 

- The door hasn't been shut on re-signing free agent defensive end Brent Urban. In 2018, Urban appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Ravens posting 27 combined tackles and two passes defensed. 

- QB Robert Griffin III is being sued by his former agent Ben Dogra for unpaid marketing and endorsement fees, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. Dogra claims RGIII owes him over $650,000 as part of an agreement for 15% share of marketing and endorsement deals negotiated while he was Griffin's agent. The QB fired Dogra back in 2018. 

- One of the many potential rule changes being discussed this week at the Annual League Meeting is expanding replays during a game. The potential rule change has come front and center after the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, and it's something head coach John Harbaugh is in favor of. 

“If we can put somebody up there in the box that’s got a better angle that can help officiate the game from up there, let’s do that," Harbaugh said back in January. "Because at the end of the game, it’s about the credibility of the sport.”

Click here to see a few of the potential changes being discussed. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

We are here to help you get your workweek started with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player Notes: 

Running back Mark Ingram is bringing two Pro Bowls, 1,321 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns to the Ravens, but there's a lot about him you may not know. Did you know that his father, Mark Ingram Sr., was drafted at No. 28 overall just like his son? Probably not. Here's five things to know about Ingram via the Ravens' website. 

Safety Earl Thomas isn't just talented on the field, but off the field as well. Thomas can play piano, drums, saxophone and the organ. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas would change out of his football uniform at halftime into his band uniform to perform and then back again. Here's five things to know about Thomas via the Ravens' website

Former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is retiring from the game. The 30-year-old made the announcement at his wife's baby shower over the weekend. Selected 19th overall by the Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin played for the Eagles, Chiefs and the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Tim Williams is ready to be a defensive leader for the Ravens in 2019. With the departures of Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency, Williams is ready to be "that man" for the NFL's No.1 defense. 

Williams has yet to play a full season for the Ravens after being drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, the linebacker saw action in only sevens games due to hamstring and ankle injuries. 

In AFC news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league Sunday via Instagram. The 29-year-old finishes his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns and three Super Bowl championship. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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