Baltimore Ravens: Bernard Scott

Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 12

February, 20, 2014
Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:


Position: Running back

The good: Not much to say here. The former Cincinnati Bengals running back played two games after being signed in November. Scott totaled six touches (four carries, two receptions) for 24 yards.

The bad: He was inactive for six weeks. Scott was essentially an insurance policy that didn't need to be used because Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce didn't miss any games in the second half of the season even though they were banged up.

The bottom line: Why is Scott rated above Dallas Clark in the Ravens free-agent rankings? Because Scott has a chance of playing somewhere next season. The Ravens need depth at running back, but Scott was a band-aid for that position last season. The team has to improve the No. 3 spot, and it could do so in the draft.

Ravens place Brandon Stokley on IR

December, 10, 2013
The Baltimore Ravens placed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve after he suffered a concussion in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Stokley has dealt with injuries throughout the season, including issues with his knee and groin. He finished the season with 13 catches for 115 yards and no touchdowns.

It's unknown whether this is the end of Stokley's 15-year NFL career.

The Ravens signed Stokley during training camp because they needed a sure-handed receiver to play the slot on third downs after tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip. With Pitta returning Sunday, Stokley's role was expected to decrease.

Stokley returned to the Ravens after playing his first four NFL seasons in Baltimore. Drafted in the fourth round in 1999, he will be remembered for scoring the Ravens' first touchdown in the 2001 Super Bowl.

The Ravens have depth and speed at receiver with Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Marlon Brown, Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson.

Baltimore re-signed running back Bernard Scott, who was released Saturday when the team activated Pitta.
The signing of Bernard Scott indicates the Baltimore Ravens have serious doubts whether backup running back Bernard Pierce will be able to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Pierce injured his hamstring in the Oct. 20 loss at Pittsburgh and couldn't finish the game, which is why Vonta Leach was in the backfield at times. Pierce also didn't practice in the team's final workout before the players received four days off for the bye.

This is the latest setback for the Ravens' struggling running game. Even though Pierce was averaging 2.8 yards per carry, he did break longer runs this season than Ray Rice.

Scott, 29, is a reliable backup who knows the defenses in the AFC North. A sixth-round pick by the Bengals in 2009, Scott averaged 4.9 yards per carry for Cincinnati in 2010 and scored three touchdowns in 2011.

He is known for his athleticism, but he never received the touches to show it in Cincinnati. Scott was expected to split carries in a running back-by-committee with BenJarvus Green-Ellis last season before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last October.

Scott is the second former Bengals player to be signed by the Ravens in the past five weeks, joining backup safety Jeromy Miles. The Ravens play the AFC North-leading Bengals in two weeks.

The Ravens didn't have to make a roster move to add Scott because they had a spot open since trading offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins last week.