Thursday, December 17, 2009
Bears to face milestone-seeking Ray Rice
By JEFF DICKERSON
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Baltimore Ravens second-year running back Ray Rice is trying to join some elite company. With 1,041 rushing yards and 652 receiving yards, Rice is on track to become the fourth player to put up 1,000 rushing and 800 receiving yards in a single season. Marshall Faulk (who did it three times), Steven Jackson and Roger Craig are the other three.
"He's pretty good," Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said. "He's on his way...to make history being one of three running backs (Faulk and Craig) to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. That's pretty big. He's a great talent.
"His footwork reminds me of Steven Jackson, but he's able to catch the ball like LaDainian [Tomlinson] out of the backfield. To put him in that category is saying a lot for him."
Rice currently ranks second in the NFL in net yards from scrimmage, trailing only Titans running back Chris Johnson.