Why Pierce is on the list
There's a lot to like when you watch Pierce on film. In limited work as a rookie, he showcased a nice combination of speed and power while exhibiting good field vision. All the tools are there.
Watch Pierce hit the hole without hesitation, then show his burst to the next level of the defense:
Pierce gets into the secondary again, this time finishing the run with a stiff arm before getting dragged down by two tacklers.
Ray Rice will continue to be The Man in Baltimore's backfield, but Pierce's role should expand off a promising first season.
Rice is one of the game's best all-around backs, and has proven to be durable despite his relatively small stature. Simply put, Rice is a stud, and the Ravens will continue to feed him the rock, both on the ground and through the air.
If the running game gets off to a slow start with Pierce involved, there's sure to be grumbling that more Rice is the answer. Said grumbling could come from Rice himself.
Rice -- wisely steering clear of controversy -- said last month that he's fine sharing the load with Pierce, whom he calls "a great runner."