Although rookie running back Bernard Pierce is still regarded as the frontrunner in the competition to back up Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice, he has no intentions of relaxing.
After rushing for 35 yards on 10 carries and catching two passes for 19 yards during a 48-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pierce predicted that the battle for playing time will extend into the regular season.
"Hey, it's still an open competition," Pierce said. "We'll be fighting for that No. 2 honestly all year. I don't think it's something that will be won in the preseason. We have a group of good backs who complement each other.
"Somebody could be the No. 2 one week, and it could be somebody else another week. At the end of the day, we're going to produce, and we're hungry."
Pierce did express some regret about his decision to hurdle a Jaguars defensive back, getting pummeled by a Jaguars linebacker after clearing the first obstacle.
"I remember doing that in college, so I thought I would give it another try," said Pierce, a third-round draft pick from Temple. "I was one-on-one with the corner. I didn't see the linebacker flowing at the time, so I figured if I did I would jump over him. But I definitely took a hit, too."
Pierce said he learned from his loss of 14 yards against the Detroit Lions when he tried to bounce outside, retreating in vain to try to make defenders miss.
"That one negative play last week, I didn't even realize how many yards I actually lost, but I think now I have the swing of it," Pierce said. "And I'm starting to learn the north and south mentality of the league,
because there's not too much east and west. So, I want to get a foot in the ground and go north."
Pierce was hampered by a hamstring injury earlier in training camp, an injury he first suffered during a rain-soaked minicamp practice in June.
"He had been talking about his hamstring a lot to me, and then he jumped over that guy," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said with a laugh. "So, I don't want to hear anything more from the hamstring. The hamstring talk is finished."
Meanwhile, Damien Berry led the Ravens with 40 rushing yards on seven carries.
And diminutive undrafted rookie running back Bobby Rainey delivered a 48-yard touchdown catch, finishing with two receptions for 73 yards.
In three preseason games, the former Western Kentucky standout has rushed for 46 yards on 17 carries, caught 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns and returned eight punts for 54 yards and three kickoffs for a 23.0 average.
Asked if he feels he's done enough to make the 53-man roster, Rainey replied: "I think I have but I can't worry about that right now, I can only control what I can control, and let the cards fall where they fall. ..
"I'm coming in with a chip on my shoulder, definitely. Yes, I didn't get drafted, but I don't think it's an advantage. I do want to take advantage of the opportunity they are giving me."
Harbaugh was complimentary of Rainey, an elusive 5-foot-8, 212-pounder.
"He's had a heck of a camp," Harbaugh said. "He's been impressive, so have a lot of guys. We'll just have to determine what factors are going to go into how many guys we keep here or there, which
side of the ball, those kinds of things. It's going to be tough."