As rejuvenated as Rice appears to be this summer, he might not even be the best bounce-back candidate in the Ravens' backfield.
Pierce has a slight advantage in that his college coaches ran a zone-blocking scheme similar to the one being implemented by new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
After an impressive rookie season, Pierce mirrored Rice's 2013 struggles while playing through shoulder, hamstring, toe and knee injuries behind a blocking scheme that failed to consistently open holes.
"We like Pierce," one NFL scout recently told Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth. "He's big, powerful and versatile. If he's in shape and healthy, he should be a factor."