RB Ray Rice Having a Huge Offseason for the Ravens

While Anquan Boldin and the Draft took the spotlight, Ray Rice is quietly having another productive offseason and is heading into training camp primed for the upcoming season. Since being drafted the young running back has embodied hard work along with determination and each offseason commits to improving himself.  “You couldn’t have a better offseason than what Ray Rice is having,” said Coach Harbaugh as reported by the www.nationalfootballpost.com/.

Offseason Commitment

After his rookie season, many were impressed when Rice came into training camp for his sophomore year looking stronger.  In August of 2009, Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun noted, “There have been many obvious changes with Ray Rice this offseason, more than just his promotion to the Ravens’ top running back. Last year’s second-round draft pick is running with power, driving through tacklers in training camp.” His hard work paid dividends as he had a stellar sophomore year rushing for 1,339 yards and receiving for 702 yards.

What’s refreshing is that here is a player who has made football a priority in between seasons early in his career. Rice stated,“There’s so much more football to be learned. Last year (2008 rookie season), I was training for a combine. This year I’m training for an NFL season. I had a whole offseason and that was a great advantage for me.” www.nj.com

Current Offseason

Now heading into his third season, Rice continues to make the offseason a high priority.  “I really think we had a great offseason, “I’m just one of the guys who feels like the offseason is where the season is made. Monday Night Football will be here soon enough.” www.baltimoreravens

It should also be mentioned that in March Rice received a STAR Spirit Award at the Family Services of Westchester (FSW) in New Rochelle, N.Y.  He still has a close association with his hometown, high school and his former college Rutgers. Regarding his former college and training, Rice said, “I’ll be going to Rutgers in the summer to work out for a couple of weeks, and I get back there as often as I can.” http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com

Here’s what some are saying about Ray Rice:

Walterfootball.com

“Ray Rice rushed for 1,339 yards, and caught 78 passes for 702 receiving yards in 2009. What’s scary is that he could be even better in 2010.”

Andy Benoit, Nfltouchdown.com

“Plays like Emmitt Smith, only with more speed and quickness. Is also a major weapon in the passing game.” http://www.nfltouchdown.com/

Jason La Canfora, NFL.com

Ray Rice enters his third season as one of the most explosive multi-threat backs in the NFL. http://www.nfl.com/news/story

Yahoo Sports: Top Running backs

Preseason Rankings

1.  Chris Johnson

2.  Adrain Peterson

3.  Maurice Jones-Drew

4. Ray Rice

5.  Michael Turner

6.  Frank Gore


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One Response to “RB Ray Rice Having a Huge Offseason for the Ravens”

  1. ja von johnson says:

    “Come on man”. Ray rice at # 4 are you serious.