Six running backs were drafted ahead of Ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce last spring.
With the exception of first-round draft picks and starters Doug Martin (1,234 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Trent Richardson (869 yards, nine touchdowns), Pierce has outgained all of backs drafted ahead of him with 300 yards and one touchdown.
That includes first-round draft pick David Wilson (211 yards, three touchdowns), second-rounders LaMichael James (30 yards) and Isaiah Pead (33 yards) and third-rounder Ronnie Hillman (250 yards, one touchdown). Pierce was selected in the third round out of Temple with the 84th overall selection.
Among all rookie running backs regardless of draft position, Pierce ranks seventh behind Martin, Alfred Morris (1,228 yards, seven touchdowns), Richardson, Vick Ballard (562 yards), Bryce Brown (494 yards, three touchdowns) and Darryl Richardson (461 yards).
Pierce gained a career-high 53 yards on eight carries during a 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.
"I look at it as every chance I get on the field it's another step, it's another learning experience in the process," Pierce said. "You just got to be patient and take your time. Eventually, you learn more things as the season goes on and you take it to the field. Thank God I'm playing."
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