Ray Rice willing to shoulder larger workload

Running back coming off season-low nine carries in last game vs. Texans

October 31, 2012|By Edward Lee

In more than three full seasons as the Ravens’ featured tailback, Ray Rice has carried the football 958 times and caught 246 passes. That averages out to 301 touches per season, which is a full workload for any running back in the NFL.

But after rushing the ball a season-low nine times and compiling just 14 touches in the team’s 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Oct. 21, Rice said he’s open to the idea of getting at least 25 touches in Sunday’s road game at the Cleveland Browns.

“I always try to factor myself in – whether it’s running or receiving – but I know what I am most effective,” Rice said Wednesday. “That 20-25 touch range is usually pretty good, but we know there’s only one football to go around. With the talent that we have on our offense, the more and more we are capable of using everyone, the better we’ll be. Obviously, this is the healthiest I’ve felt in a while – obviously, coming off the bye and doing the right things to take care of my body. I’m looking forward to a nice workload the second half of the season.”

History has shown that the Ravens tend to find success when Rice is heavily involved in the offense. The team is 29-10 when Rice gets 20 touches or more, but just 11-9 when he touches the football fewer than 20 times.

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