Aaron Wilson checks in with a report on the trio of backs vying for the job HERE
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Berry bears watching if only to see if he's lost any of his speed & quickness while bulking up to 223. If not, things could get real interesting real quick.
I'm pulling for Bernard. This dude could be Ray's replacement.
I can't see Bernard not making the team, we traded up to take him in the 3rd, so he is as close to a lock as we can get.
Now are we carring 2 backs behind Rice? Berry and Allen battle for one spot both
I'm sorry, I don't have the PS eligibility at my fingertips.... if both have eligibility, and we keep one, we cut the one most likely to slide to the PS and keep the one who would probably be grabbed.
I have no idea, gonna depend on camp, how much good tape they generate for other teams in pre-season.
How well they read and pick up blitzers, but that is nearly impossible to get a good read on since Ds hide a lot of things in pre-season.
I think Berry has eligibility left (used one last year)
Allen I think was on the roster last year (active 5 games) so not eligible.
If I had to pure guess I'd go with Allen backing up Rice and Bernard on roster, Berry PS.
If Berry is super in pre-season then Allen goes, but need info that hasn't been produced yet to make that statement
Please don't burn me at the steak (pun intended on July 4th). Is it remotely possible that AAllen could temporarily (for a short period of time) back-up fullback too? Personally, I'd like to see Pierce win the 2nd spot, but I'm happy that we have three young RBs behind RR... Bc
Yep, it is possible, versitility helps and having someone at another spot who provides back-up for Vonta would be a plus for Allen's cause.
I don't think Bernard will be fully trusted in back up role early in season, he may entrench himself there late (and FO will want to see what they have in him, especially if Rice is playing under the tag). I do think Pierce will have the 2nd spot late, after he proves blitz recognition, and safety valve release timing.
The other real possibility is Ozzie brings in the next Williams and neither Allen or Berry make the 53.
Just speculation now, absolutely no idea of who will get beat out on another team, but this time last year Ricky hadn't come on any of our radar, then on Aug 8th, bingo we sign him. Looks less probable with the salary cap squeezed but they could do it if they felt it made the team better, I don't think any of us here doubt they could do that if they wanted.
I may have missed this info but what can each of these guys contribute on special teams? That may get them on the roster
Damien Berry seemed to show a little bit as a returner, last training camp.
The one thing that Berry might have going for him is that he is the runner who most resembles Rice. Pierce is, without question, the best fit for the running scheme. Allen brings more to the table as a power back, something the Ravens like to have late in games.
With that in mind, I could see why neither has separated so far. The good thing, in my opinion, is that they won't need a veteran.
Pierce is going to be a monster, and the staff loves him. He wins the backup role from day 1 IMO. I am real excited about him.
id surprised if pierce didnt end up the 2nd RB. Berry sounds like he has kept his speed while bulking up but im not sure if its enough to surpass allen or not. We did carry an extra RB one year didnt we? maybe we go 4 RBs if Berry/Allen can stand out on STs?
With that said, I can see an instance where maybe Rice/Pierce and Allen could be on the field at the same time. It just wouldn't be due to a FB role. Normally they would use a blocking TE, or H-Back in that situation. Maybe in a shotgun formation, both backs could be next to Joe with 3 WR's out wide.
Can someone confirm that we have usually carried 4 RB's per year on the roster? I feel like we have always had 4. Matt Lawrence used to be that 4th RB guy the past couple of years switching between PS and IR, so maybe Damien Berry fills his role. If he out performs that role, then maybe he hits the IR/"Redshirt Year".
Pierce is a lock to make the team. And there is always the chance that they bring in a vet as well. Ozzie said after the 2001 season that he never wanted to go into a season without a solid vet at #2 RB. But more than likely, berry and allen will fight for the final spot.