"Running back" is Ray Rice 's job title, but he's obviously more than just a runner. He has averaged close to 70 receptions per season since 2009, and the Ravens are near-desperate for receiving help following the departure of Anquan Boldin and the major injury suffered by Dennis Pitta. ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Wednesday that the Ravens would like Rice up out wide to alleviate that problem somewhat. And with Rice acting more as receiver, Bernard Pierce would stand to get more carries.
Mortensen said Rice wouldn't be changing positions, but that the Ravens also "love Pierce."
Sports Illustrated's Peter King shared a similar opinion in a Tuesday article, which is linked below.
All of this makes sense. Rice's PPR value gets a slight bump from this news. It's obvious that Pierce is going to see quite a lot of work this year. I think he's one of the top true backup RBs to draft, and his presence has caused Rice to fall into the back half of the first round. I still think Rice is going to be handed close to 300 touches.