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Joe Flacco: Ray Rice in good shape, showing explosion

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The Ravens don’t know when they’ll have running back Ray Rice in the lineup this season, but quarterback Joe Flacco thinks that they’ll get a better version than they had during last year’s disappointing campaign.

Rice lost weight this summer after struggling with hip and quadricep injuries last season and Flacco says that the difference in the running back was noticeable throughout the team’s offseason workouts.

“He’s definitely in good shape,” Flacco said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t know if he’s any quicker or anything like that; you’ll have to ask him. I can say he definitely looks good and he’s running the ball well. Our guys are creating some room out there even with no pads on.¬†We’re creating some room out there and some holes, and sometimes that’s tough to do in these kinds of practices. But I think we’ve looked really good and [Rice] has done a great job of pressing, cutting, getting in there and having the explosion afterward. He’s shown a lot.”

Even without the potential suspension for his aggravated assault arrest, this was shaping up as a pivotal season for Rice. He is coming off his worst pro season and the track record of running backs with years of tread on their tires isn’t one that holds any guarantees that he’ll rebound. Being in the best shape possible is going to increase the chances that he’ll bounce back, especially when he’s likely to be forced to spend time away from the team as the season gets underway.

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25 Responses to “Joe Flacco: Ray Rice in good shape, showing explosion”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 4, 2014 9:40 AM

    Both of them need to have a bounce back year.

  2. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 4, 2014 9:44 AM

    Should be suspended for half the season. Who hits a woman? Let alone knocks her out unconscious!! Allegedly.

  3. holeinone09 says: Jul 4, 2014 9:45 AM

    Take fork, stick in. Done.

  4. kings1500 says: Jul 4, 2014 9:49 AM

    Well isn’t that great

  5. retahrekcap says: Jul 4, 2014 9:52 AM

    Its that time of year where EVERYBODY is in “the best shape of their careers”. It usually doesn’t pan out that way after the hitting starts

  6. kings1500 says: Jul 4, 2014 10:43 AM

    Expect trolls

  7. sladewillson says: Jul 4, 2014 10:45 AM

    It would be nice to know how many games he will be suspended already

  8. purpleguy says: Jul 4, 2014 11:02 AM

    Expect rolls? Does that mean people ticked that a muscle-bound NFL athlete knocked out a woman are somehow trolls? This cowardly loser can’t possibly receive enough criticism.

  9. pats777 says: Jul 4, 2014 11:14 AM

    *Explosive Tendencies

  10. jamson64 says: Jul 4, 2014 11:21 AM

    Never any Raven trolls on Steelers threads. Never.

  11. scw1993 says: Jul 4, 2014 11:32 AM

    The ravens actually defended and stood by this criminal. This guy shouldn’t be allowed the privilege of playing on an NFL team. I blame the GM just as much, I bet if the woman was Newsome’s daughter, Rice would be gone instantly….terrible organization. They haven’t done the right thing.

  12. tvjules says: Jul 4, 2014 11:47 AM

    Poetic Justice: Let’s see Ray knocked unconscious and have Joe drag his body to the sideline.

  13. cguy7 says: Jul 4, 2014 12:03 PM

    He’s running a blazing 5.2 forty with incredible shake and bake moves. Not. Lol on the large holes in a padless practice…

  14. ravensrunthenfl says: Jul 4, 2014 12:28 PM

    Ray rice 2014 stats- 280 carries 1370 yards 10 td

  15. vtown77 says: Jul 4, 2014 1:33 PM

    You can cheat the system Ray with lawyers
    But your always gonna be a bum wife beater

  16. clashpoint says: Jul 4, 2014 1:56 PM

    I love this article title!
    Well done, good sir. Well done.

  17. eastofmissball says: Jul 4, 2014 3:23 PM

    These guys stay healthy Look out. Kubiak is a master play caller. He puts his team in a position to score on every drive, mind he has the talent around him
    . I know zero about there “D” or Off depth… But I would look out for this team to do some damage early on.

  18. kings1500 says: Jul 4, 2014 4:41 PM

    By expect trolls, I mean get ready for a lot of people making fun of Ray

  19. hakunamangata says: Jul 4, 2014 5:47 PM

    A Steeler fan talking about a high moral code from their franchise is about the same as tiger woods giving marriage advice.

  20. laxer37 says: Jul 4, 2014 11:30 PM

    Trolls = people typically who frown on woman beaters

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 5, 2014 10:08 AM

    By expect trolls, I mean get ready for a lot of people making fun of Ray

    What did you expect …..praise?

  22. ravensterps says: Jul 5, 2014 6:22 PM

    I feel sorry for the people with small brains who are only able to process the world in black and white.

  23. troy43mvp says: Jul 6, 2014 11:07 PM

    Ray processes the world in black and blue and dosen’t have to pay for his crimes even though he was arrested and the video evidence is clear. Expect people to be upset over that, instead of feeling sorry for them. Its hard to ask forgiveness when he has not paid his debt to society.

  24. scoobies05 says: Jul 7, 2014 2:39 PM

    Steelers fans who criticize Ray Rice should remember that their qb is not exactly a bastion of morality when dealing with women. I’m not defending rice at all. but enough of the hypocrisy

  25. troy43mvp says: Jul 7, 2014 8:46 PM

    Ray Rice was charged and he has apologized. Ben was never charged with a thing. In one case we have clear visual evidence in the other we have speculation. A four game suspension was served on pure speculation. The NFL has said nothing on Irsay or Rice. Please stop for a moment and look at what’s hypocritical.

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