Le'Ron McClain is partially right

May, 24, 2010
5/24/10
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Here's the deal: I am siding with Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain in his public campaign to get more carries in 2010.

But only partially.

McClain is correct in believing he deserves more than 46 carries next season. It was a 186-carry drop off from 2008 when he led the Ravens in rushing with 232 carries for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns. The stiff decline in opportunities is probably what triggered this campaign, and I understand McClain's desire for consistency.

But here is the rub: if McClain's goal is to be a full-time tailback in Baltimore, then his campaign is going too far. That's Ray Rice's job, and the Ravens shouldn't alter that plan in what could be a special year in Baltimore.

It's hard to tell the depth through Twitter for the "McClain 4 RB" campaign. But on the surface it's evident that, to some degree, he would prefer to play tailback. McClain deserves more carries, particularly in short-yardage situations, but a position change from a team perspective would be a mistake. When McClain plays tailback, he's solid. But when McClain plays fullback, he's a Pro Bowler.

We warned you this would happen a month ago when the Ravens were loading up on talented offensive skill players. McClain, Rice, Willis McGahee, Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Donte' Stallworth and Mark Clayton are all highly competitive, which is virtually a prerequisite if you're playing for the Ravens.

So Baltimore and its coaching staff cannot be surprised when something like this happens. This is the first hint, but it's probably not the last as the 2010 season unfolds.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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