In his first game back since the domestic violence case, Ray Rice was received well by Baltimore fans, who showed him support. The crowd cheered him on during the pregame introductions as well as during the first drive.
Rice’s off-season was difficult by all means, which led many to doubt his future. The charges he faced could have put him in jail for three to five years, but he avoided trial by being accepted into the pretrial intervention program.
He has since married his girlfriend, Janay Palmer, and seems to be getting his life back on track since the incident. The NFL suspended him for the first two games of the regular season and would not receive pay for the subsequent game afterwards.
I’m sure at this point Ray Rice just wants to get back on the field, and he showed that in the Raven’s first drive with three carries and 17 yards. The performance was just what Rice needed to regain the trust of the fans he let down in February. According to ESPN, there were a number of women and children wearing Ray Rice jerseys in the stands.
The Ravens want to have a better season in 2014-15, given the 8-8 performance of last year. Rice certainly wants to turn his on-field performance around as well, having his worst season since his rookie campaign.