Michael Pierce Is Back to Playing Weight
As Michael Pierce chased down a quarterback all the way to the sideline during Monday’s practice, it became clear that he’s come a long way since not being in good enough shape to practice.
No, it wasn’t Lamar Jackson who he tracked down, but Trace McSorley, who is pretty fast, too.
Pierce’s weight was one of the biggest (no pun intended) storylines entering Ravens training camp. Twelve days in, it’s hardly a concern anymore.
Pierce still has a little more weight to lose, but said he’s “right around” what he played at last year. There’s plenty of time to shed those last pounds before the start of the regular season.
“I feel good, my wheels are turning really well at this point,” Pierce said. “What do we have, 35 days until Miami? Somewhere around there, so the countdown is on, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be ready for sure.”
Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen said Pierce is “having a great camp.”
“Michael came back a little heavier than we wanted him [to be], but he has really worked hard to get to where he is today, right now,” Cullen said. “With him and Brandon [Williams] in there, those are two of the stoutest and best nose tackles in the NFL.”
Pierce and Williams looked very stout during Monday’s joint practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags running backs had nowhere to go during a seven-on-seven drill early in practice.