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Pierce 'looking to turn heads'

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Pierce 'looking to turn heads'

Bernard Pierce, the rookie running back from Temple, admits it took him awhile to start grasping the Ravens playbook this spring after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft.

When I first got here I didnt know right from left, honestly, Pierce said with a smile after Wednesdays training camp practice in Owings Mills. But now that weve been through minicamps, OTAs and the rookies had another minicamp, theyve been instilling the (playbook) installs in us. Im a lot more comfortable with the playbook.

The Ravens have never publicly stated their expectations for Pierce, merely lumping him in with Anthony Allen and Damien Berry as the prime candidates for the job of backing up Ray Rice.

But it goes without saying that the Ravens expect Pierce to earn significant playing time after they moved up in the draft to make him the 84th overall selection. He is a third-round pick (just one round lower than Rice) while Allen was a seventh-round pick in 2011 and Berry joined the team as an undrafted free agent.

But Pierce, who scored 27 touchdowns last season as Temple, is clearly taking nothing for granted.

Everybody (on the team) is trying to get a job, he said. I just need to beat out whoever is in front of me to get that job The other two (Allen and Berry) are really good guys. We already have a friendship, so right now its just competition.

Asked to spell out what he would bring to the job Ricky Williams held last year, Pierce said, Im a downhill, hard-nosed runner. Ive got a knack for the end zone, with a nice combination of speed, quickness and power. Whatever you want me to do for you, I'll get it done.

Williams gained 444 yards on 108 carries last season as the change-of-pace runner in Cam Camerons offense. Then he surprisingly retired, just days after saying he would return in 2012.

The Ravens are definitely looking for one of the younger guys to inherit Williams' role, and Pierce said he is ready to compete.

I look forward to every practice, being able to go out on the field and do my best every day, he said. Im definitely looking to turn heads every day on the practice field.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

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

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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