David Wilson

Pierce finding stride

Pierce finding stride

The vision of Ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce is clearer nowadays on the football field.

Following a more patient approach has paid dividends for Pierce, and the AFC North champion Ravens.

The third-round draft pick from Temple has emerged as a valuable backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, rushing for 443 yards and a touchdown with an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Only a handful of rookie running backs selected in the 2012 NFL draft have been more productive than Pierce.

As the Ravens enter their final game of the regular season today against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pierce is giving the organization a glimpse of what he can do with a little experience, a...