A Saturday article by the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson focuses on running back Bernard Pierce looking to build upon his rookie season and preparing for a bigger workload by getting a little bigger himself. Pierce has added 10 pounds, up from 218 to 228 this season. His touches are expected to go up as well, but Wilson writes that total won't make a huge leap.
"Although Pierce's workload is expected to increase this year after he averaged 6.75 carries per game as a rookie, the Ravens aren't planning to dramatically alter how they divide up the playing time," Wilson wrote. "Rice remains entrenched as the featured back."
What do you consider to be dramatic? Pierce is going to get more playing time this year; that's a given. The answer as to how much more goes a long way in deciding where he and Rice should be selected in drafts. Rice's draft stock has dropped in recent weeks where he is no longer considered a top-six running back and is commonly drafted in the back third of the first-round in 12-team leagues. I think creates solid value for a player who I think will still surpass 300 touches and probably be involved a little more often in the passing game due to the Ravens' shortage of proven receivers. Pierce should be a seventh or eighth-round pick, but Rice should not come close to falling out of the first round.