4 things that have to happen at the Ravens' 2019 mandatory minicamp

Paola Ditto
Июня 12, 2019

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce's first appearance of the spring ended abruptly Tuesday when he was sent off the field at mandatory minicamp for a lack of conditioning. Coach John Harbaugh talked with Pierce after the stretching portion of practice, and the defensive tackle left the field.

"He's not ready to practice from a safety standpoint and for his own health", Harbaugh said. "We recognized that, and we pulled him off. ..." Pierce will be a free agent after the 2019 season, and if he has a big year, he'll nearly certainly be getting a monstrous contract when he hits free agency in March 2020.

The 26-year-old signed with Baltimore after going undrafted in 2016.

Pierce, who played at a listed 340 pounds in 2018, appeared to have put on significant weight since the end of last season.

Asked if it's a problem that Pierce wasn't permitted to practice, Harbaugh said, "Oh sure, it's a problem". "I think you could probably tell".

Despite his natural bulk, Pierce has never faced concerns about conditioning heading into his previous three seasons with the Ravens. According to Pro Football Focus, not only was Pierce rated as the fifth-best interior defensive linemen in the league last season, but he also had the highest overall grade of any defensive player on the Ravens' roster for the 2019 season. Taking place from June 11-13, the Ravens will be taking the next step in preparation for when training camp begins in the middle of July. He recorded 32 total tackles last season with one fumble recovery, helping the Ravens reach the postseason for the first time since 2014. Absolutely. You want guys practicing, ready to practice, physically able to practice.

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