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10/2011 Player Profile: Ray Rice

October 15th 2011 17:01
When talking about elite running backs, it is imperative to mention the name "Ray Rice". He is the focal point of a contender's offense, and I honestly hope that you don't think Joe Flacco is the team's best offensive player. That honor goes to Rice, or the very underrated Marshal Yanda. In any case, Rice is one of the best and most versatile backs in the NFL right now, and he currently has a 52.9 RB Efficiency score.

According to Advanced NFL Stats, Rice currently has the 6th highest EPA among running backs this season (13th last season), and his DYAR (provided by Football Outsider's) was 13th in the NFL last season. However, Rice is a better player than the statistics indicate, because we haven't taken into account that he is one of the best receiving running backs in the league.

A dual threat, Ray Rice is a more than capable aerial threat and has the uncanny ability to move the chains by both running the football and catching passes from Flacco. This versatility separates him from other running backs around the league, and it vaults him into the elite class of the best ten players at his position. There aren't many running backs who are the offense's main attacking outlet anymore.

While he is not quite as good as guys like MJD, AP, and JC, Ray Rice is still one of the best running backs in the game today due to his ability to make an impact in more than one way. He was disappointing last season after a monstrous 2009 campaign, in which only CJ2K had a better season, but he has played well thus far in 2011.
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Comment by nbageek

October 15th 2011 21:17
Rice was great at Rutgers and has improved even more as a Raven. Good stuff, glad you have working internet again! Sucks without it.

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