"The weight loss is most evident in Pierce's elusiveness in between the tackles," the report said. "He can make better lateral cuts because he doesn't feel the weight as much on his knees."
Coach John Harbaugh said Pierce has "seized the opportunity."
Pierce averaged 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie in 2012, just 2.9 yards per carry last season. "It definitely is motivating and also was humbling coming from the year before," Pierce said. "I think everybody's intention this year is to climb back up the chart and show everybody that we can get this run game started and we're still the Ravens from 2012."
Bernard left practice early with a doctor. His status has not been confirmed by coaches or trainers.
Pierce is expected to assume the featured back duties for the first two games of the regular season during the Ray Rice suspension.
The top choice to fill in for Rice is
"I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days. We'll know more by Tuesday once we get the pads on and seeing him move with the pads on and how the shoulder holds up -- that'll be important."
Outside of Pierce, the Ravens have
"I have a lot of confidence in all of our guys," Harbaugh said.
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