Jets make smart move with Bernard Pierce signing
The New York Jets made a smart move when they acquired running back Bernard Pierce for their team considering the injury history with their current depth at the position.
As per the SI Wire on Sports Illustrated, the New York Jets signed running back Bernard Pierce to their team to ensure they have quality depth in the positional group. Pierce brings with him some major experience to the table as he was a part of the Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens back in 2012, his rookie season.
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The move is a smart one by the Jets since looking at their depth chart at running back, everyone seems to have some kind of injury history and well, the way the NFL is one can never know when a devastating injury can occur. Pierce also has an injury history but he should be good to go once he’s eligible to play this upcoming season.
With an injured calf injury he suffered last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of role he lands with the Jets. They’ll more than likely launch an offensive system catered around running the football which if everything falls into place, could be quite potent this upcoming season.
So far in his career, Pierce has totaled 1,345 rushing yards, 359 attempts and five touchdowns. At 6’0 and 215 pounds, Pierce might be used in a situational role to relieve those above him in Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.
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The only problem with this signing is that Pierce, if healthy to start the regular season, will miss the first two games due to a suspension handed down from the NFL stemming from a DUI charge last season.
With acquiring Pierce, the Jets will be waving running back Zac Stacy who never panned out with the team, who also suffered from a broken ankle injury last season.
Once Pierce is done serving his suspension, he should be a good fit for the Jets and be much more productive than Stacy was last year.
Pierce is known for being a decent running back but nothing extraordinary. It’s not that he’s terrible either but at the end of the day, depth is very important when it comes to handling everything during the regular season. If he can step in and help to keep those chains moving, he’ll add a nice dimension to the offense of the Jets.
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Overall, this was a good move by the Jets that was mainly done for depth purposes. If the Jets plan to commit to establishing the run consistently in 2016, they’ll need at least four running backs ready to step in and deliver. Perhaps Pierce can be that fourth option ready to prove he still has what it takes to get the job done.