Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wake-up caw: Ray Rice turning the corner?
By Jamison Hensley
What was lost in the spittle spat with the Cleveland Browns was an injury update from Ray Rice. The Baltimore Ravens running back feels like he's come full circle against the Browns after injuring his hip against them in Week 2.
"[The bye week] was every bit much-needed," Rice said, via the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. "I felt myself turning the curve after the Pittsburgh game, felt pretty good. I've been coming out of games getting better and better each week. So having a week where you're not even getting touched, that definitely paid dividends."
How Rice fares against the Browns should be a good measuring stick for him. In Rice's five trips to Cleveland, his rushing totals have been 154, 89, 92, 204 and 98 yards.
"Maybe there’s something in the grass out there, I don’t know," Rice said.
Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...
- For those scoring at home, safety Michael Huff was on our list of potential cuts but defensive lineman Marcus Spears was not.
- Covering Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could be a problem for the Ravens, Comcast SportsNet's Clifton Brown writes. Gordon missed the first meeting between the teams because of a suspension. Since returning, he is second in the league in yards per catch (18.2) and yards per game (97), and giving up big plays has been a problem for the Ravens’ defense.
- Bernard Scott tore his anterior cruciate ligament last October and missed the entire preseason while still recovering from the knee injury. But Scott, who signed with the Ravens on Monday, insists he's healthy now. "I feel good," he told The Baltimore Sun. "I went through a hard rehab. The leg is stronger than ever. I just look forward to getting back on the field."
- Fullback Vonta Leach is siding with Ray Rice when it comes to Phil Taylor's accusation that the Ravens running back spit on the Browns defensive lineman. "That's a big accusation," Leach told The Baltimore Sun. "I've played with Ray for a long time, and I know Ray, and I don't think he would spit on anybody. I was actually on the field, and I didn't think he spit on him. Maybe Taylor was trying to get himself riled up to play."
- The Ravens rank in the middle of the pack in receiving yards from the tight end position, according to The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel. Dallas Clark, Ed Dickson and Billy Bajema, who is currently a free agent, have combined to make 32 catches for 376 yards and two touchdowns this season. The last time the Ravens played the Browns, they got just one catch for 8 yards from their tight ends.