FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Jets have a nice one-two punch at running back with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell and they have Khiry Robinson still working his way back from injury but today they decided to make a change at the bottom of the depth chart.
At one point, just a few years ago while Pierce was backing up Ray Rice in Baltimore, Pierce looked like he was a better running back than a good amount of starting running backs throughout the league. Once he took over the lead role that no longer looked to be the case as his production started to slip.
Pierce's best season was 2012, his rookie season, with the Ravens, he ran the ball 108 times for 532 yards at 4.9 yards per carry. In 2013 Pierce saw an increase in carries with 152 but gained less yards, 436 yards at a paltry 2.9 yards per carry. After another disappointing season in 2014 Pierce joined the Jaguars last year but only had six carries for 11 yards. Obviously Pierce is not being brought in to challenge Forte or Powell, the Jets could look to Pierce as insurance incase Robinson has to start the season on the PUP list but if Pierce makes the roster he will be suspended for the first two games of the season due to a DUI arrest.
Most likely this move is simply a reaction to Stacy failing his physical and giving the Jets another running back for training camp but if he has a strong camp and Robinson can't start the season Pierce may be able to collect a few game checks.
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