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Ray Rice isn’t worried about being up to speed

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Running back Ray Rice spent some time with his Ravens teammates this weekend on an athletic field.

It wasn’t a football field, though. Rice joined many other Ravens at a charity softball game organized by cornerback Lardarius Webb. Rice told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that he missed being around his teammates, but wasn’t worried that missing offseason workouts would hurt him once the season rolls around.

“I miss it,” Rice said. “That’s one thing you miss is the camaraderie with the guys. As far as playing football, I know I’m always going to be up to speed. The best thing about my situation is that we have the same offensive coordinator. I miss the camaraderie. It’s sort of like the lockout last year. I know the guys are working hard.”

Rice’s familiarity with the offense certainly makes it easier to go without him at this point in the offseason. The question going forward is how long they’ll have to go without their top back.

Rice said that he’s letting his agent take care of the business side of things while he stays in shape. The Ravens and Rice have until July 16th to work out a new deal and there haven’t been any signs that one is right around the corner. The franchise tag would pay Rice $7.7 million for the 2012 season.

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24 Responses to “Ray Rice isn’t worried about being up to speed”
  1. vasteelerfan says: Jun 3, 2012 6:41 PM

    Pay him! He is a great running back we hate to defend. His being out is not a big deal.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 3, 2012 6:44 PM

    Looking at Arian Froster 2.0. They’ll get a deal done late into training camp. He’ll be working out but not in football shape. He’ll end up pulling muscle (hamstring, groin) and it will be a nagging injury all year long.

  3. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jun 3, 2012 7:21 PM

    We will shut him and the lowly Ravens out twice and everyone knows it.

  4. carolinakitten says: Jun 3, 2012 7:35 PM

    I hate reading Steelers and Ravens articles because it is just losers with excessively long screen names trash talking… Add something interesting to the article when you comment- that’s why I read them, not for stupid trash talk before training camp has even begun

  5. raynman49 says: Jun 3, 2012 7:43 PM

    Chris Johnson II.

  6. ravensnosncaps says: Jun 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    Just like last year when they shut the ravens out twice?

  7. jagsfanugh says: Jun 3, 2012 8:03 PM

    I guess pay him if you want just a mediocre team or if want to win it all then just an average rb will work.

  8. knowerofallthings says: Jun 3, 2012 8:16 PM

    He’s not going to get the bank from the Ravens, they just don’t operate that way. They’ll pay him well, but not CJ / Peterson type money, probably not even Arian Foster money. Sign the tender and make $7M more than you made last year or sit out and make nothing.

  9. fatfreddystubbs says: Jun 3, 2012 8:39 PM

    I hate reading Steelers and Ravens articles because it is just losers with excessively long screen names trash talking
    ————————————————–
    Yeah, because, except for the long screen names part, all the debates involving rivalries non-Steelers/Ravens feature eloquence and brilliance not seen since Lincoln/Douglass.

  10. couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    jagsfanugh says: Jun 3, 2012 8:03 PM

    I guess pay him if you want just a mediocre team or if want to win it all then just an average rb will work.

    ___________________________

    You have an awesome running back. What have you guys won?

  11. dickjagger says: Jun 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    Rice won’t get the AP CJ cash but will get a slightly better deal than Foster. It may not happen tomorrow but it will happen. It’s just the way Ozzie and the Ravens front office operate.

  12. ppdoc13 says: Jun 3, 2012 9:03 PM

    @steelersfansarereallystupidbecausetheychangetheirnamesdaily – the last time I checked, in the past 12 seasons the Ravens and the Steelers have split wins and losses. Last year we beat you twice and went to the AFC championship while you stayed home after losing to Denver and Tim Tebow. You are the perfect example of a person with two brain cells connected by a spirochete. Get a life already.

  13. reachmylevel says: Jun 3, 2012 9:54 PM

    @ppdoc13-could not have said it better myself. I am not a steeler/raven fan, but it is people like that who take away from the true rivalry smack talk we all love to take part in.

  14. texaned80 says: Jun 3, 2012 10:47 PM

    couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    jagsfanugh says: Jun 3, 2012 8:03 PM

    I guess pay him if you want just a mediocre team or if want to win it all then just an average rb will work.

    ___________________________

    You have an awesome running back. What have you guys won?

    Lil, I think u just made that jackass’s point

  15. ravenmuscle says: Jun 3, 2012 11:19 PM

    I agree…the Steelers have won nothing…have a little “squirt” for a quarterback…a mustard colored dump for a stadium….a REALLY OLD defense…and a fan base that are afraid of their shadows and dare not come to Baltimore to see any games….they like staying alive.

  16. randallflagg52 says: Jun 3, 2012 11:25 PM

    The mighty BALTIMORE RAVENS will sweep aside any pathetic attempts of resistance. The mighty BALTIMORE RAVENS will crush anyone associated with the lowly pittsburgh steelers (see they don’t get any CAPS in their name, how pathetic HAHA), to include former steelers and steeler coaches who are now with other teams, or even in the broadcast booth. The mighty BALTIMORE RAVENS will hunt these ex steelers down like witches and put them to the cross, not a single steeler will be left. At the end only those from the league who are truely worthy of being called BALTIMORE RAVENS will be left standing!

    See how annoying you steeler fans are?

  17. steelymcbeam6 says: Jun 4, 2012 2:37 AM

    Ppdoc13 obviously didn’t do any checking at all. The ravens all time record against the steelers is 14-21 and 0-3 in the playoffs. That’s a ravens win percentage of .368

  18. ravenator says: Jun 4, 2012 6:54 AM

    Let the haters talk it’ll make it that much more enjoyable when the Ravens sweep these clowns again.

  19. ravenator says: Jun 4, 2012 10:56 AM

    Hey steely, your team was swept last season, sucks trying to use past history as any indicator of the future. Your team can’t even compete, good luck with that make shift offensive line and patchwork quilt blanket of a secondary.

  20. sudz28 says: Jun 4, 2012 11:44 AM

    I get that the Ratbirds operate kinda the same way the Steelers do (don’t give huge $$$ to any one player), so I know they won’t break the bank for Rice but I do believe they’ll get him signed soon. He’s simply too good and too much of the Ratbird offense for them to let him get away.

    Although I’d for him to feel slighted and come to the ‘Burgh!!

  21. dontstabmeray says: Jun 4, 2012 12:03 PM

    Joe Flacco is a top 5 QB!

  22. steelymcbeam6 says: Jun 4, 2012 1:37 PM

    Ravenator says “sucks trying to use past history as any indicator of the future” when all he talks about is LAST YEAR! You’re a moron ravenator. If you want me to stop talking about the past then maybe you should start doing the same. All of your wannabe tough guy talk is Just that…talk. You’re one winning season doesn’t change the fact we still own you ratbirds.

  23. ravenator says: Jun 4, 2012 2:23 PM

    Youre a moron, last year is the closest thing to a new year, and yes we swept you, you were Tebowd by Sanchez backup QB, and one and done in a pitiful playoff performance. Sucks your team cant compete anymore

  24. holeinone09 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    ravenator:

    Suggs out?? Oh NOOOOO! Old men Lewis and Reed signing up for AARP cards?? YIKES!! Rice not getting his money??? OH DARN!!! Oher still trying to block somebody?? GEEZ!!

    At least you have mighty Joe Flaccid! The self-proclaimed best QB in the league! As long as HarBAWL squawks about the music being played in the stadiums, you should be just fine!

    Looks like a 7-9 season in B-More to me. At best. Right, ravenator?

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