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Friday, June 28, 2013
Ray Rice: New Ravens 'jelled' at minicamp

By Jamison Hensley


Since the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, a popular stat has been the record number of starters lost from that championship team. Nine starters that helped the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers four months ago are no longer with the team: linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed, wide receiver Anquan Boldin, fullback Vonta Leach, safety Bernard Pollard, center Matt Birk, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Cary Williams and nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu.

But running back Ray Rice isn't concerned about the transition after working out this offseason with newcomers like linebacker Elvis Dumervil, defensive lineman Chris Canty, safety Michael Huff along with rookies Matt Elam and Arthur Brown.

"When you lose that many people and lose guys that you've grown personal relationships with, it's hard on players, it's hard on coaches and it's hard on the organization," Rice said on ESPN's "NFL Live." "So what you do is try to rebuild. What we did was we brought in some veterans and we drafted some rookies. One feeling leaving minicamp was that our team jelled."

Click on the video to hear more, including Rice's response to a fan question about whether he should pick the running back in his fantasy draft.