Ravens running back Bernard Pierce made a concerted effort to increase his size, strength and, particularly, his speed following an encouraging rookie season.
The primary backup to Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice has accomplished those goals, according to coach John Harbaugh.
"Bernard Pierce has gotten bigger and faster," Harbaugh said. "He's done a great job with his offseason conditioning program. He looks good, and I'd say the first two days of practice, he's a better player now than he was last year even at the end of the season."
Concentrating on his speed has been the primary emphasis for Pierce this offseason while preparing for his second