Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens to replace Ray Rice with Bernard Pierce?

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Ray Rice will be serving a two game suspension this season for beating his wife, but when he returns, he may not be coming back to the job that he left before he knocked his wife out in an elevator.

Bernard Pierce has been running well and efficiently behind Ray Rice for years but already he’s starting to look like not just a solid second option to Rice, but a possible replacement for him in the Ravens offense moving forward.

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, the Ravens have been wildly impressed with Pierce’s ability this camp and to further push matters in a direction that could lead to Pierce replacing Rice, he seems to be fitting in Gary Kubiak’s new scheme a lot better as well.

Bernard Pierce has been the best running back in camp. He played in a similar running scheme in college, and he has had the best transition to Kubiak’s stretch, zone-blocking runs.

This has Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com pointing out just how unspectacular Rice has been over the last year and how Pierce could present an option as a replacement.

With Pierce due to make $570,000 and $660,000 over the next two seasons and Rice slated to pocket $4 million and $3 million, respectively, the Ravens may at some point decide that Pierce provides the better dollar-for-dollar option.

It’s unclear if the Ravens are even serious about this plan, but it’s something to consider in a league where running backs seem not more so than ever to be a dime a dozen.

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