Even when the Ravens are rolling RB Ray Rice and RB Willis Mcgahee out at opponents, they know they have a weapon in reserve.
RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery, a former All-Pro with the Eagles, said he is amazed at Le’Ron McClain ’s combination of size and athleticism – which combined makes a nightmare for defenders.
“Le’Ron is a guy that can drop his shoulders and run over you,” Montgomery said. “You’re looking for help when you tackle him, and you’re not in a hurry to get there.”
Following a solid rookie season in 2007, when the Ravens drafted him in the fourth round out of Alabama, McClain began to build his reputation as a punishing blocker.
But as an NFL sophomore, through the tutelage of four-time Pro Bowler Lorenzo Neal, McClain realized how much his position could make an impact. And, he learned it while Neal was blocking for him.
“Just being around that guy – getting a chance to have him block for me last year was a the greatest feeling in the world, being he is one of the best fullbacks to ever play the game,” McClain said. “I’m just trying to follow his steps and model everything that he was doing. He would always tell me, ‘You can be way better than me.’
“I just need to take it to another level. That’s really what I’m doing right now.”