By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
Bernard Pierce might have started for the first time in his NFL career last Sunday against the Houston Texans, but getting more carries isn’t a priority for the second-year running back.
“I just want to run,” Pierce told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. “It doesn’t matter what my workload is or what I have to do. As long as I can contribute to help the team win, that’s all I can do.”
Reminders of selfless play trickle from veteran running back Ray Rice, who has mentored Pierce. Rice handled nearly two-thirds of all the carries in 2012. Pierce continues to credit Rice for his development and helping him make the leap from wide-eyed rookie to consummate pro.
“He’s taught me how to eat better, take care of my body and how to prepare mentally for [the length] of the season,” he said. “I just try to stay in shape and I want my body to keep up with the workload.
Pierce broke out in the latter part of last season and made a big impact in the Ravens’ run to the Super Bowl, averaging 5.2 yards a carry in postseason play. At the time, a lot was made at the effect Jim Caldwell’s presence had on Pierce. Caldwell, who replaced Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator midway through the season, sparked the unit in what was later described by Cameron as a “brilliant move.” Keep Reading…