The Jacksonville Jaguars have moved to address one of the team's biggest needs today after it was confirmed they have picked up running back Bernard Pierce off waivers.
The move comes just 24 hours after Pierce had been cut by the Baltimore Ravens in the wake of his arrest for DUI.
Pierce became the third player to be cut by the Ravens for off-field issues in recent times but clearly the Jags, without a sure fire number one back at this stage of the offseason, are prepared to give the 24-year-old another shot where Baltimore were not.
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Bernard Pierce was arrested Wednesday after being pulled over by Baltimore police for speeding. The four-year NFL veteran then failed a sobriety test, telling police he had had "three shots of Jack" per The Baltimore Sun.
The Ravens released him later that day as he followed nose tackle Terrence Cody and cornerback Victor Hampton out the exit door.
Indeed, again according to The Baltimore Sun, Pierce reportedly told the arresting officer:
"Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?...I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”
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Jags make a move
The Pennsylvania RB hasn't been out of a job long though with the Jaguars moving swiftly in an attempt to find a legitimate running back option for their offense.
The addition of Pierce means at present the Jacksonville Jaguars have a backfield comprising of Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson and the 2012 Super Bowl winner.
Only the recently turned running back Robinson can legitimately talk of having a productive 2014 season however. He managed 526 rushing yards on a 4.3 yd per carry average (a Jags team high) while Gerhart struggled badly, ultimately failing to live up to expectations he could take on the lead role.
Pierce meanwhile suffered in the shadows of Justin Forsett in Baltimore. The 24-year-old had only 93 carried for 366 yards (3.9 average).
Pierce's arrival is the latest addition on the offensive side of the ball made by Jacksonville in this busy offseason.
And while the ex-Raven RB could prove useful, it is still Tight End Julius Thomas who will steal the headlines amongst Jags fans. Thomas arrives from the Denver Broncos as Jacksonville's marquee signing after 24 touchdowns in two years.
What do you think Jags fans? Are you happy to have Pierce as a running back option, and what should the NFL expect from you guys in 2015? Let us know in the comments section below...
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