A few days after his most productive game since returning from a thigh injury in Week 5, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said he's ready to build on the performance and seize the role as Justin Forsett's top backup.
"I just want to build on my physicality, week-in and week-out," Pierce said. "The weather is changing, it's getting cold, and we're going to continue to pound the ball."
Pierce ran for 26 yards on his second run of the game Monday and finished with 28 yards on seven carries, with one catch for 6 yards. His 34 total yards were the most from scrimmage since he gained 103 in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since then, Pierce has carried 43 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Pierce's role has been in flux because his thigh injury and sharing time with Lorenzo Taliaferro, but the Philadelphia native said the cold weather expected for the rest of the season suits him well, and he was heartened by the team's commitment to the ground game in Monday's win at the New Orleans Saints.
'Road to a Thow-wow'
After every big performance by Forsett, fullback Kyle Juszczyk tweets about the "Road to a Thow-wow," a road that could end Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
"I don't know if it was [running back coach Thomas Hammock] or Justin, but whenever they said a thousand, they said a 'thow-wow,'" Juszczyk said. "So Justin and I turned it into a 'Road to a Thow-wow' for him getting a thousand yards this season."
Forsett enters Week 13 with a career-high 906 rushing yards, third in the league, with his first 1,000-yard season in his sights.
"Last week, we said we'd give ourselves three weeks to get there," Juszczyk said. "We might get there a week ahead of schedule."
Juszczyk, a converted fullback who is primarily seen as a pass-catching threat, said blocking for Forsett has given him a new appreciation for that aspect of his job.
"I feel like I've definitely started to take a lot of pride in that, and Justin has been awesome," Juszczyk said. "When he has success, he always gives credit to myself and the [offensive] line."