Ray Rice Fantasy News

Ravens happy with Ray Rice's conditioning
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

With his legal troubles having cast doubt on his playing future, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been committed to what he can control: losing weight and getting back to full strength after a hip injury derailed him last season.

Rice is attending the start of the Ravens' offseason conditioning program and has impressed team staff.

"He looks great," strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki told reporters Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice played too heavy last year and it showed. He's facing a major off-field issue, but if he can clear that hurdle he should be a RB2 in Gary Kubiak's offense.

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Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:21pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

The Ravens have signed running back Justin Forsett to a one-year deal.

Baltimore was looking to add to its running back corps this offseason. Ray Rice’s recent legal troubles, which could lead to a suspension, also a consideration, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh. Forsett joins Rice and Bernard Pierce.

He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans and new Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, which gives him an understanding of Kubiak’s system that he can help pass along to the other running backs.

Ray Rice indicted on 3rd-degree aggravated assault
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious last month.

Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 after a physical altercation with his fiancée, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Palmer also was charged with simple assault.

Conviction of a third-degree crime in New Jersey carries a potential prison sentence of at least three years and up to five years, and a fine that could be up to $15,000.

Fantasy Impact:

Earlier Thursday, Rice's attorney Michael Diamondstein told The Press of Atlantic City that neither Rice nor Palmer wants to move forward with the case. "We vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault," he told the paper. "Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they're in counseling."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:25pm

Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis also said he envisions a second-year growth similar to Ray Rice from RB Giovani Bernard. Says offseason big for growth.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Bernard as an RB2 ranked 14th, so we think there will be progress, too. But the concern will be getting him consistent touches, something that didn't happen until about halfway through the season.

Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

Ray Rice down 15 lbs from 2013 playing weight
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 1:43pm

Carroll County Times - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Ray Rice wasn’t the same dynamic, elusive, consistent playmaker that he had been during his first five seasons with the Ravens.

Rice strained his hip flexor in Week 2. He only missed one game. But his trainer, Kyle Jakobe, said Rice was still noticeably bothered by the hip when he showed up to begin his offseason workouts in early January.

“I don’t think a lot of people understand the magnitude of the injury that he was dealing with and how much pain he was actually in,” Jakobe said.

The other issue was Rice’s weight.

Rice has already dropped around 15 pounds in the last two months or so.

Fantasy Impact:

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,he is a bounceback candidate in Gary Kubiak's offense, assuming his offseason legal issues don't impact his availability.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancée, who were involved in a domestic violence incident last month, plan to attend a couples seminar, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday.

Rice and Janay Palmer were both arrested for simple assault at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15. The two remain engaged to be married, according to Harbaugh.

"I've talked to Ray a lot, and really nothing to add other than what's been said already: The facts will determine the consequences, and we'll see where it goes," Harbaugh said at a news conference to announce the five-year, $32 million deal signed by tight end Dennis Pitta. "I haven't seen anything different, just like you haven't seen anything different. Ray has told me his side of it, and everything we've seen so far is very consistent with what he said."

Fantasy Impact:

A suspension could be forthcoming, but that will depend on the facts of the case, and those aren't entirely clear at this point. The Ravens seem satisfied with Rice's truthfulness.

Ravens switching to a zone blocking scheme
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:53am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens will have adjustments to make to Gary Kubiak's system, which emphasizes zone-blocking schemes, athletic linemen and running the football.

Fantasy Impact:

A zone-blocking running game could be good for Bernard Pierce, who was known as a solid one-cut runner coming out of college. With Ray Rice's future somewhat in question (due to his domestic violence incident), Pierce could see a much larger role in 2014.

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:08pm

MMQB - [Full Article]

Peter King on the Ray Rice situation...

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said something telling about the alleged altercation between running back Ray Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, at an Atlantic City casino last weekend. “Right now, I feel very good about his side of the story.” If so, then Rice must have given team officials a version that involves either self-defense or overt provocation by Palmer. Not that either one of those explanations would justify domestic abuse, if there was abuse. And regardless of the circumstances, if Rice did lay a hand on Palmer, he’ll be branded an abuser and likely face league or team discipline because of it. And rightfully so. What’s disappointing for the Ravens, and for Rice, is that he’d become to some the face of the franchise, a leading spokesman in the fight against bullying and an unselfish person in the community. Rice and Palmer were both charged with simple assault-domestic violence after the incident, and a court date has not been set. Rice already had one 2014 challenge on his hands—making sure his 660-yard season was a fluke. This problem will dwarf that one.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice owners are bracing for the worst. He will likely face league discipline if he struck his fiance.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:29pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens HC Jim Harbaugh said backup running back Bernard Pierce is expected back by the first day of training camp. Pierce had rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.

Fantasy Impact:

Pierce could be in for a big role in 2014 if Ray Rice's off-field issues continue to spiral downward.

Friday, February 21, 2014, 2:11pm

Robert Klemko, Twitter - [Full Article]

Source says police have yet-to-be-released video of Ray Rice knocking fiancée unconscious before dragging her. Expect a suspension.

Ray Rice arrested after domestic dispute in Atlantic City
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:09am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee were arrested over the weekend after a fight at a casino in Atlantic City, according a statement from the Atlantic City Police Department.

Casino security called officers to the Revel Casino at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday after a domestic dispute between Rice and Janay Palmer that was recorded by video surveillance, according to a statement from police. Footage appeared to show both parties involved in a physical altercation.

“The complaint summons indicates that both Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands,” the statement said.

Both refused medical attention and did not report any injuries. Rice, 27, and Palmer, 26, were charged with simple assault-domestic violence and were released on a summons to appear in court.

Rice's attorney, Andrew Alperstein, described the allegations as a “very minor physical altercation” with Palmer.

Fantasy Impact:

This incident probably won't impact his 2014 status, but it's not the way that Rice wants to start the offseason after a disappointing 2013.

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:46am

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

Expect Ray Rice to return to his marquee position in the Ravens offense.

With Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s run-first offense, Rice will see plenty of action in 2014. And the offense’s success will largely rest on his stocky legs.

“I think as he goes, we’ll go,” Kubiak said of Rice in an interview with BaltimoreRavens.com.

“Our goal is to get him going, and he’s excited to get going and put last year behind him.”

Kubiak shared the carries between Arian Foster and backup Ben Tate in Houston. And he’ll do the same in Baltimore with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

“I think in this league nowadays you need a couple of guys,” Kubiak said. “It’s hard to hand it to one guy 30 times a game; they just get worn down. It’ll take both of them. They’re very talented and if we can get both of them going, the better we’ll be.”

Fantasy Impact:

The article doesn't really shed a ton of light on the situation, other than the fact that Kubiak seems committed to getting Rice going again. But then he compares Pierce to Arian Foster. Rice looked like an "old" 26 year-old, but said after the season that he struggled all year with a hip injury.

Ray Rice wished he had 'thought twice' about playing through hip injury
Monday, February 3, 2014, 8:33pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Ray Rice is using last season’s adversity as fuel for a redemption campaign in 2014.

The Ravens’ running back battled a hip injury, which limited his ability to make cuts and accelerate. The injury persisted all season and hindered Rice’s ability to explode for big gains.

“I played through an injury and I probably should have thought twice about it, but I’m glad I was able to push through the season and not have any surgical procedures,” said Rice, who was speaking at an event promoting BODYARMOR Superdrink. “One thing I know my body needed was rest, and we had a tough turnaround, and we didn’t do what we wanted to this year, but I’m positive that things are looking better for next year already. We’ll get this thing rolling again."

For an offense that is built around the run, the Ravens were never able to adapt to Juan Castillo’s zone-based schemes. The Ravens’ rushing offense finished last in the NFL in yards per carry. Castillo, who was hired to be the team’s run game coordinator, has been tabbed as the offensive line coach for next season. The Ravens’ running game should be buoyed by the hiring of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak’s stretch-zone scheme suits the Ravens’ personnel more naturally. Opposed to relying on the passing game of Joe Flacco, Kubiak prefers balance and using the run to set up the pass. The offensive linemen will be called upon to move laterally, and the running backs must thrive in a one-cut system.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice is only 27 years old, so he shouldn't be hitting the wall age-wise. It sounds as if he never fully recovered from the hip injury, so a bounce back season is entirely possible if he can stay healthy in 2014. Kubiak's arrival should help as well.

Bernard Pierce out 4-5 months after shoulder surgery
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 11:01am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery today at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia to repair his rotator cuff, his agent told The Baltimore Sun.

Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.

Fantasy Impact:

People are writing off Ray Rice after his dreadful 3.1 YPC, but Pierce was actually worse (2.9 YPC) which makes us wonder if the line/scheme deserves a good amount of blame for the team's rushing woes. Regardless, the Ravens have said they may move to more of a RBBC in 2014. Pierce should be ready to play by training camp.