Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been having a down year, which has led to plenty of people speculating whether or not he is fully healthy and able to carry the load in the team’s rushing game. While that may appear to be the case, Rice has no concerns about his health.
In fact, Rice is just chalking this latest stretch up as a recent slump that everyone goes through as he continues to insist he is healthy and ready to produce during the second half of the season.
“Everybody has these situations,” said Rice, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “A down year isn’t going to make or break me as a person. I’ve been through a lot worse than averaging what I’m averaging in carries. I’ve got broad shoulders. As long as you’re not jumping on my front lawn, you’re all right.
“My level of confidence is where it was in Week One,” Rice said. “I still believe we’ll get the run game going. We have the guys. It’s never going to be an effort thing. We’ve just seen some pretty good fronts, and I’ve battled through stuff this year.
“I don’t have to hesitate to do anything. I just want to go out there and let it fly. The next eight games, I’m just trying to go out there and be the best Ray Rice I can be for the next half of the season.
“I’ve been working on my health, my health is there and now it’s time to keep pushing for these next eight games, and win the ones that we have at home.”
If the Ravens are going to turn around their season after starting a dreadful 3-5, they will need to rely on Rice to get things going in the running game to round out the Ravens offensive attack.
Rice is one of the best backs in the league when healthy, so hopefully he can show us all with his performance what he is portraying with his words. Of course, he will also need to see the offensive line pick up their performance, so this will need to be a team effort.