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#1 tolucaraven

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:03 PM

Was lean, elusive and has burst again.. He is in serious SHAPE. He will have a huge year bookit.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:04 PM

Agreed.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:09 PM

But needs to really rehab himself not just on the field but off it as well. But he is so far off to a great start hopefully!


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:09 PM

No Bowman, no Willis, no Justin Smith. My initial euphoria turned into cautious optimism.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:09 PM

Offensive line also gave him the holes he needed to get to the second level.  Looked good out there tonight.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:17 PM

Rice looked good tonight with his runs and the shape he is in.  But you can't say he's back to his old self after watching just 3 runs.  We'll need a much larger sample size.

 

So, no bad news, but wait and see!


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

He did look nice and athletic, and he wasn't trolling himself, I loolbforward to seeing our offense against a full defense though
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:26 PM

He looked rejuvenated that's for sure. He'll never be back to his old self unless you drive the car in reverse to roll back the miles. Which has been proven hard to do.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:33 PM

Last year he was fat playing near 230lbs. Was slow, no balance, elusiveness or excelleration. Tonight he didn't even look like the same human being as the one we saw last year. In one drive he broke more tackles and made people miss in 3 carries.  I bet this year he averages 4.5 -5.0 ypc. He looks like he did his 2nd and 3rd year. He will win comeback player of the year award. Kubiaks schemes are perfect for him also.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:37 PM

He looked rejuvenated that's for sure. He'll never be back to his old self unless you drive the car in reverse to roll back the miles. Which has been proven hard to do.

Well played, sir.

Rice looked better, no doubt. But it's PS1. Let's talk week 5/6
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:42 PM

Well played, sir.

Rice looked better, no doubt. But it's PS1. Let's talk week 5/6

 

Yea. Looking good is great, but the season is long especially for a player whose been used a ton in his career.  I'm a believer that he'll be better than last year, but that shouldn't be hard.  He'll also go as far as the OL will take him.  


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:09 PM

Yea. Looking good is great, but the season is long especially for a player whose been used a ton in his career. I'm a believer that he'll be better than last year, but that shouldn't be hard. He'll also go as far as the OL will take him.


It's all about the OL play. With all these RBs. I'm hopeful.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:19 PM

No Bowman, no Willis, no Justin Smith. My initial euphoria turned into cautious optimism.

 

I agree, but there aren't too many defenses out there with the same caliber of players that Bowman/Willis/Smith are, or at least have 3 of the same caliber players playing in the front 7. Overall, Rice looked great tonight.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:11 AM

For what it's worth, he's also going to be a steal in fantasy. He's rated like 75th on Yahoo for running backs or something insane if I remember. 


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:17 AM

For what it's worth, he's also going to be a steal in fantasy. He's rated like 75th on Yahoo for running backs or something insane if I remember. 

 

Be cautious with that b/c the Ravens running game will be by committee.  


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:10 AM

Offensive line also gave him the holes he needed to get to the second level.  Looked good out there tonight.

 

Yup, offensive line looked very good in the limited snaps we saw. That said, one of Rice's nice plays came with pressure in the backfield. Last year that seemed like a huge problem, that he could just not shed tackles. Last night he made two guys miss and got like a 6 yard gain. He definitely looked like his former self on that play. Lets hope it continues, but I think Ray's big thing was just that he was too heavy and poor blocking last year. I can't remember how much weight he lost since last season, but he looked much slimmer.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:25 AM

He looked WAY thinner.
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:04 AM

He looked WAY thinner.



very thin.
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:10 AM

He looked rejuvenated that's for sure. He'll never be back to his old self unless you drive the car in reverse to roll back the miles. Which has been proven hard to do.


IDK, he really doesn't have that many miles on the meter. In the 6 years he's played there's always been someone capable to share the load. I think last year was an aberration due to the injury, bulking up and in my mind most important, losing his pal Ray Ray.

I said it a couple of months ago, RR will have a career year in 2014.
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:06 PM

IDK, he really doesn't have that many miles on the meter. In the 6 years he's played there's always been someone capable to share the load. I think last year was an aberration due to the injury, bulking up and in my mind most important, losing his pal Ray Ray.

I said it a couple of months ago, RR will have a career year in 2014.

 

I think most importantly last year it was the horrendous OL blocking.  There were never any holes for Rice to slip through, and he really isn't a back who runs through multiple blocks well.  His value comes from getting through the first line and forcing the secondary to miss b/c of his ability to change directions in a dime.  It seemed like his weight last year was him trying to turn into more of a power back, but it threw off his center of balance and even when he managed to get through a hole, he no longer had the ability to shake guys off of him.


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