Although it was reported a few weeks ago that the Baltimore Ravens were thinking of splitting carries between Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, that is not going to be the case according to Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson.
It is expected that the Ravens will increase the workload for Pierce, simply to get Rice a few more breathers, but the rumored “split” will not be happening so says the Baltimore Sun:
Although Pierce’s workload is expected to increase this year after he averaged 6.75 carries per game as a rookie, the Ravens aren’t planning to dramatically alter how they divide up the playing time.
Rice remains entrenched as the featured back.
“I’m comfortable spelling myself at any time,” Rice said. “I’ve been healthy and blessed, and I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a very long year, and us being able to take the blows off of each other and being able to spell each other without having to worry about having to miss a beat, was really, really key for us. There is only one ball to go around, but at the same time, you were seeing what we were able to do with the run game.”
Last season, Rice and Pierce totaled 1,665 rushing yards to form one of the most productive running back combinations in the league.