Ray Rice Fantasy News
Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:26am
As expected, Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, meaning that the running back will be sidelined for the Ravens' Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and their Sept. 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rice also was fined three total game checks, which equates to $529,000, by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The Ravens’ running back, who was accused of striking his now-wife, Janay, unconscious during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City, N.J. casino in February, learned of the suspension Thursday, before the team’s first full-squad workout of training camp.
He had a three-day window to appeal the two-game ban, but that has now elapsed without action from Rice.
Rice can still participate in training camp and in the four preseason games. Bernard Pierce is expected to start the first two games, however, they are shaping up to be pretty tough matchups.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hand down a two-game suspension to Ray Rice for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, sources confirmed Thursday. The league has not officially announced the suspension.
The general consensus was that Rice would get a four-game ban, so this is good news for his fantasy value and bad news for Bernard Pierce who will have a tough time establishing himself as the RB1 in two division games against the Bengals and the Steelers.
Ravens RB Bernard Pierce told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that he will be able to practice with no restrictions at training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery in January. The Ravens are preparing for a potential Ray Rice suspension with a committee attack including Pierce, Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. After a promising rookie season, Pierce turned in a disastrous 2013 campaign, hampered by shoulder, hamstring, toe and knee injuries behind a blocking scheme that failed to consistently open holes. Now healthy, Pierce is optimistic about a bounce-back season in new coordinator Gary Kubiak's successful zone-blocking scheme.
Pierce figures to start if/when Ray Rice is suspended to start the season, and though unlikely, he could run away with the job. He was just as bad (2.9 YPC) as Rice was (3.1 YPC) last season, so both players are expected to bounce back in Gary Kubiak's offense.
Monday, July 21, 2014, 11:28am
Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec: The guy to watch is running back Bernard Pierce, who had offseason shoulder surgery. Pierce was limited during the various offseason minicamps, though he looked in good shape and raring to go. If he has been cleared for contact, it will be a nice development for the Ravens, especially with Ray Rice’s suspension announcement looming. I was going to write “with Rice’s suspension imminent,” but that’s what I’ve been thinking for about three weeks now. It has been exactly five weeks since Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York. Goodell has plenty of other disciplinary issues on his plate, so I have no idea what the holdup is in making the decision on Rice. I would have guaranteed you earlier this month that the Ravens would know how long Rice would be sidelined before the start of training camp. Now, I’m not so sure.
At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Still, assuming his offseason legal issues don't impact his availability (too much), he is a bounceback candidate in Gary Kubiak's offense.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:58am
There doesn’t figure to be a whole lot of drama for the Ravens running backs. Ray Rice’s expected suspension probably will lead to the Ravens keeping an extra running back early in the season. That would benefit Justin Forsett, who has looked elusive and quick in offseason practices and could have a role in the offense early. Lorenzo Taliaferro, a rookie fourth-round pick, also could work his way into the rotation. At 230 pounds, Taliaferro is a good candidate for short-yardage duties, a major issue with the Ravens last year. Kyle Juszczyk wasn’t used on offense last season, but that figures to change with new coordinator Gary Kubiak calling the plays.
It looks like Bernard Pierce should be given every chance to fill in while Rice serves his suspension, which has yet to be determined. It sounds like Taliaferro could steal some short TDs, however. Once the suspension is announced, it will give the Ravens a better plan for reps at camp, and should also give a better clue for fantasy owners.
Monday, July 7, 2014, 4:09pm
The Baltimore Ravens are about two weeks from starting training camp, and they have no idea on how long running back Ray Rice will be unavailable to begin the season. The NFL needs to make a decision soon because the league shouldn't punish the Ravens along with Rice, who is expected to receive a multi-game suspension for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious in February. The Ravens' workload at running back will be based on the length of Rice's absence. Why is the NFL taking so long to announce its decision? Rice's legal situation was wrapped up on May 20, when he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program to avoid trial on aggravated assault charges. That was 48 days ago. Rice met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16. That was three weeks ago.
If Rice is going to miss a major chunk of the season, the Ravens would give Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro more snaps this summer, especially later in the preseason. If Rice is only going to be suspended for a couple of games, the Ravens' rotation at running back may not change significantly.
When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco handed the football off and threw swing passes to Ray Rice this spring, he had a close-up view of the three-time Pro Bowl running back's physical transformation. Rice had regained much of his old quickness, displaying an ability to run away from defenders that all but disappeared during the worst season of his NFL career last year. Rice has lost roughly 20 pounds since last season, when he weighed as much as 225 pounds while struggling with hip and quadriceps injuries that robbed him of his ability to elude pursuit or break tackles. "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," said Flacco. "He’s shown a lot."
At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Still, assuming his offseason legal issues don't impact his availability, he is a bounceback candidate in Gary Kubiak's offense.
Ravens RB Ray Rice looks noticeably leaner and exhibits quickness and a burst, all good signs, but the big question with him is whether he can make defenders miss him again. It's a skill that eluded him in 2013, and I don't know that training camp or the preseason will provide an answer. We won't know until the fall, when defenders are bringing their "A" games.
At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Still, pending discipline from the league due to his off the field issues, he is a bounceback candidate in Gary Kubiak's offense.
Ravens RB Ray Rice is much lighter on his feet, the result of not carrying as much weight. There were a couple of times when he showed off elusiveness in between the tackles. It was a rare sight to see Rice fake out tacklers in the open field last year.
Rice is a bounceback candidate in Gary Kubiak's offense, but is facing suspension.
The Ravens are still awaiting word on the status of running back Ray Rice following his meeting this week with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. When asked if he was aware of when the league would issue a ruling on potential discipline for Rice, Ravens head coach Harbaugh replied: "Not to my knowledge. I'm not aware of any timetable on that at all." Rice is expected to be punished by Goodell under the league's personal conduct policy after being arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault in February at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. Rice was arrested after a physical altercation with then-fiancee Janay Palmer, who he married after being indicted. Rice is facing a potential multi-game suspension and fines.
Rice is expected to face a multi-game suspension. Its length will have a big impact on his value heading into fantasy drafts this summer.
Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:51pm
Ravens RB Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today at the league’s New York headquarters, one of the final steps for the embattled running back in dealing with his February offseason arrest before the start of the 2014 football season. Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting, which has been expected as Rice faces discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault charge for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. It’s unclear how quickly Goodell will rule on Rice’s suspension. He traditionally meets with any player facing discipline before making a decision, which is the reason Rice was in New York today. The expectation is that Rice, who previously had a clean record, will get a multi-game suspension. The Ravens prepared for his expected early-season absence by signing veteran running back Justin Forsett and drafting back Lorenzo Taliaferro in the fourth round of this year's NFL draft. Bernard Pierce, Rice’s backup the past two seasons, is also slightly ahead of schedule in his return from offseason shoulder surgery, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Ravens RB Ray Rice had an impressive day on the field. He made a one-handed snag at one point, and had several plays where he showed a good burst out of the backfield. He took a pitch during an 11-on-11 drill and beat everybody to the edge to get upfield. He seems to have regained the speed that was lacking because of a hip injury last season.
At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Rice is facing suspension for his offseason incident in Atlantic City. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:22am
Robert Weintraub on how Ray Rice may struggle in 2014: "Ray Rice will likely be suspended by the NFL for his off-the-field actions, and upon return will find himself struggling for playing time. Bernard Pierce will finally spend more hours in the huddle than in the X-ray facility, and when healthy, he is choice. Justin Forsett is on hand to catch Rice's passes out of the backfield, and the small but blazing scatback will provide the jolt Rice was unable to muster last season. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro will be the backfield punishment (and not just of taxi cabs), while perhaps singing an aria or two. Rice's poor play raised plenty of eyebrows last year, and his rocky offseason has only made his situation less tenable. His leverage with the team has been that the Ravens needed him. In 2014, that won't be the case."
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 2:57pm
The Ravens actually have their most depth at running back since John Harbaugh took over as coach in 2008. There are four legitimate runners on this roster with Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett. Pierce should be motivated to show he's more like the back in 2012 than last year. He just needs to stay healthy. Taliaferro is a rookie fourth-round pick who is the big back that the Ravens have been seeking for the past few years. He made headlines this past two week after being arrested for a couple of misdemeanors, which hasn't significantly changed their high expectations of him. And Forsett is a fast, elusive third-down type of a back. If Rice is suspended, the Ravens will go with Pierce. If Pierce isn't healthy, the Ravens will decide between Taliaferro and Forsett.
Pierce is nursing a shoulder injury but should be ready for camp. He will play a key role if Rice is suspended.
Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:12am
Ravens HC Jim Harbaugh had positive news regarding running back Bernard Pierce. Baltimore expected Pierce to be sidelined until at least the beginning of training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery in January, but Pierce went through light work at practice Thursday. “[He] may be a little bit ahead of schedule maybe,” Harbaugh said.
Pierce could have a large role early in the season if Ray Rice is suspended, which is expected.
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