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Ravens were planning running back additions before Rice’s arrest

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Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that he has received calls from teams interested in moving up to the 17th pick in the first round.

If they do strike a deal, some of the compensation might be used to add a running back to the roster.

During his pre-draft press conference, Newsome also answered questions about running back Ray Rice. Rice is facing a third-degree aggravated assault charge that could lead him to miss time during the season, but Newsome said on Wednesday that Rice’s status wasn’t going to factor into their draft plans because running back was already a position they wanted to upgrade.

“We feel like we needed to add some depth at that potion coming out of the 2013 season,” Newsome said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

You can understand why Newsome felt that way based on the 2013 performance turned in by Rice and Bernard Pierce, who had shoulder surgery after the season. They signed Justin Forsett as a free agent, but there’s definitely room for improvement and increased competition can only help provide it.

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13 Responses to “Ravens were planning running back additions before Rice’s arrest”
  1. realfootballfan says: Apr 30, 2014 2:09 PM

    The bigger question is why they even kept him after they had an out to get rid of him. He looked like he was running on the last tread of the tire last year.

  2. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 30, 2014 2:13 PM

    Hardest hitting RB in the league. bada- bump

  3. joemammy says: Apr 30, 2014 2:18 PM

    Sure you were, Ozzie. Sure you were…

  4. Eutaw's Finest says: Apr 30, 2014 2:33 PM

    Which now should make more sense to those wondering “why didn’t the Ravens go after Blount or another proven RB?” They had planned on drafting a solid replacement all along. They will draft a mid level guy and get solid production from a guy like Terrance West. A local Baltimore product may I add. And I pray we draft him.

  5. obamareallysucks says: Apr 30, 2014 2:52 PM

    if he is a local baltimore product, he will be in jail shortly

  6. jtbsteeler says: Apr 30, 2014 2:56 PM

    Ravens = Folly

  7. beelicker says: Apr 30, 2014 3:39 PM

    I guess the Bengals moving on from OC Jay Gruden means no more fringe roster spot for RB Bernard “Great” Scott?

  8. ragnarthegreat says: Apr 30, 2014 3:46 PM

    Ozzie Newsome says “we want to add some depth” and the reporter says Raven’s plan to upgrade. It sounds to me like this article presents the situation in an unfair light.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 30, 2014 3:54 PM

    If they were looking to upgrade the position, Blount would have been the play. He punches dudes.

  10. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:23 PM

    Sure you were oz sure you were. A joke of a franchise.

  11. melikefootball says: Apr 30, 2014 6:29 PM

    No worries No God-del in sight.

  12. hmannnn says: Apr 30, 2014 9:33 PM

    Isn’t that the same as saying I planned on dumping my girlfriend before she told me she was thinking of breaking up with me?

  13. corvetteman6 says: May 1, 2014 6:49 AM

    Gonna be a nice, quiet 5-11 season in Baltimore.

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