Ravens DT exits camp for poor conditioning

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

After skipping the voluntary portion of Baltimore's offseason, defensive tackle Michael Pierce chose to show up for mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but based on how things went, he probably should have skipped that, too. After a brief on-field chat with Head Coach John Harbaugh, Pierce went back inside.

While it's not clear how out of shape Pierce is, Hensley reported that Pierce "looked much heavier than his listed playing weight of 340 pounds".

Pierce did not participate in voluntary Organized Team Activities, but it was surprising that his first offseason impression wasn't positive. "We recognized that, and we pulled him off. ..."

Apparently, Pierce forgot to do any conditioning this offseason, because when he showed up for minicamp he was so out of shape that Ravens coach John Harbaugh nearly immediately had to boot him from the field.

"He's not ready to practice from a safety standpoint and for his own health", Harbaugh said.

Pierce, a restricted free agent, is set to make just more than $3 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent next spring. As a rotational player, Pierce earned the fifth-highest grade for an interior defender from Pro Football Focus and was the fourth-best against the run.

Despite his natural bulk, Pierce has never faced concerns about conditioning heading into his previous three seasons with the Ravens.

The good-natured Pierce is among the most popular holdovers from last season's top-ranked Ravens defense.

Asked if it's a problem that Pierce wasn't permitted to practice, Harbaugh said, "Oh sure, it's a problem". Absolutely. You want guys practicing, ready to practice, physically able to practice. I told him - we did a little Twitter thing - I told him, 'Let's get paid this year.

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