Bernard Pierce
Bernard Pierce
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a reserve/future contract with the Broncos in January of 2017. Waived by the Broncos in August of 2017.
Waived by Denver
RBFree Agent
August 21, 2017
Pierce (hamstring) was waived Monday by the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
Pierce was sidelined with the hamstring injury about a month ago and never was able to make it back to the field. The team expected him to miss a few days once he suffered the injury, but Pierce's recovery evidently didn't progress as quickly as the club had hoped. Pierce, a six-year veteran, could find a new home given his prior experience, but not until he proves he's healthy.
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How do Bernard Pierce's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
222 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
Broad Jump
123 in
Bench Press
17 reps
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
31.50 in
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Weekly Rankings: Divisional Round Value Meter
January 8, 2015
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pierce showed some dynamism as a rookie in Baltimore in 2012, rattling off 4.9 yards per carry. He has yet to come inside a yard of that mark since and failed to record a touch in 2016. Former head coach Gary Kubiak worked with Pierce when they were both in Baltimore in 2014, worked him out toward the end of last season, and Pierce signed a futures contract with the team the day after Kubiak resigned in January. That connection with Kubiak and abilities in his zone scheme likely got Pierce’s foot in the door, but it will be difficult for him to make the roster with the depth Denver has added and the change in staff.
Pierce’s durability woes persisted into 2015 as Pierce, then on the Jaguars, could only manage to stay healthy for the season’s first seven games before landing on IR. Now, his new head coach, Todd Bowles, has already went as far to say that if Pierce can’t stay on the field, he may not have much of a future with the team. Health concerns aside, Pierce joins a stable of proven runners in Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson, and that pecking order doesn’t appear to be fluid in the slightest. To boot, he also faces Dominique Williams in a battle for what is likely one roster spot. Ultimately, with Pierce not even a lock to make the Week 1 roster, and an even more improbable bet to stay healthy for 16 games, he is currently undraftable and is best left on the waiver wire in 2016.
Pierce signed with the Jaguars after being released by Baltimore in March following a DUI arrest. After a disappointing 2014 season in which he carried the ball a career-low 93 times, Pierce joins a crowded Jaguars backfield without a clear-cut No. 1 option. Pierce will compete with the likes of Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson and rookie T.J. Yeldon for the designation, and it’s likely a running back-by-committee situation will emerge. As such, Pierce is a risky fantasy commodity until his role is defined.
Entering 2013, Pierce looked like an up-and-coming back, an aggressive runner with high-end speed who could serve as an effective complement to Ray Rice. But things didn't work out that way – even though Pierce worked his way into a bigger role thanks to Rice's struggles, he saw his own YPC plummet from 4.9 the year before to 2.9. With Ray Rice no longer with the Ravens, Pierce, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro now head the team's rushing attack.
In 20 games through Baltimore's Super Bowl run, Pierce averaged an impressive 5.0 YPC spelling Ray Rice. Pierce stayed healthy throughout the season despite his aggressive running style and displayed the burst and power to be an effective lead back should Rice get hurt. Of course, Rice has not missed a single game since his rookie year. It's also possible that at 6-0, 218, the bigger Pierce could steal some of the goal-line work, but Rice converted 8-of-18 carries from inside the 10 last year.
The Ravens spent the 84th pick in the draft on Pierce, who ran for 1,481 yards and 27 touchdowns during his junior year of college. He has good balance and a nose for the end zone but lacks skills as a receiver and isn’t overly quick. Baltimore hopes he can replace Ricky Williams as the team’s backup, and while that job won’t entail much if Ray Rice stays healthy, it could have plenty of potential if Rice were to go down. Pierce is an intriguing late round flier.
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Remains sidelined
RBDenver Broncos
August 17, 2017
Pierce (hamstring) has yet to return to Broncos' practice, Andrew Mason of the Broncos' team website reports.
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Dealing with hamstring injury
RBDenver Broncos
July 29, 2017
Pierce is expected to miss a few days of practice due to a hamstring injury, Mike Klis of 9News reports.
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Signs future contract
RBDenver Broncos
January 24, 2017
Pierce signed a reserve/future contract with the Broncos on Tuesday.
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Released by Jets
RBFree Agent
August 20, 2016
Pierce (hamstring/suspension) was released off IR by the Jets on Saturday.
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Placed on IR
RBNew York Jets
August 16, 2016
Pierce (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.
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