Bernard Pierce understands competition that awaits him

As a third-round pick in April, Bernard Pierce may be the highest running back selected by the team since 2008 when Ray Rice was taken in the second round, but the rookie fully comprehends that doesn’t guarantee a spot on the Ravens' active 53-man roster.

With Anthony Allen and Damien Berry having a full year under their belts, Pierce understands that his opportunity to make an impression will occur during practice.

“I look forward to every practice, being able to go out on the field and do my best every day,” Pierce said. “So I’m definitely looking to turn heads every day on the practice field. But also, those other two – Ant and DB – they’re real good guys, and we already have a friendship. So right now, it’s just competition.”

University of Maryland football fans are quite familiar with Pierce, who carried the ball 32 times for 149 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in Temple’s 38-7 drubbing on Sept. 24.

That, however, won’t account for much in the NFL, which is why Pierce is eager to demonstrate what he can do in training camp. And separating himself from Allen, Berry and fellow rookie Bobby Rainey is his first objective.

“I need to do everything better than the rest of them,” Pierce said. “At the end of the day, everybody’s trying to get a job. I just need to be first and try to get out to get that job.”

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