New York Giants: Ray Rice

Opposing view: Harbaugh, Rice

December, 19, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Baltimore Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh had very little to say about his injured players, namely Ray Lewis.

"Nothing has changed with Ray," Harbaugh said on a conference call with reporters.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Lewis worked on Wednesday and could be activated off the injured reserve with a designation to return against the Giants. Lewis, who has been sidelined with a torn right triceps, has been practicing for the past couple of weeks.

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Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY SportsRunning back Ray Rice had 1,621 yards from scrimmage last year.
"I haven't thought about that," Harbaugh said of Lewis playing this weekend. "I'm just thinking about getting our team ready for the Giants right now and being the best we can be. Obviously, Ray is preparing, he's been preparing for the last couple weeks. We'll just have to see."

One Ray who will definitely be on the field is running back Ray Rice. The former Rutgers standout said he sees the defending champions when he looks at the Giants, and not a team that just got waxed 34-0 by the Falcons.

"First off, you see a very physical bunch," Rice said. "Obviously, they have premier pass-rushers, they have smart linebackers and they have physical safeties. I mean, when that team puts it all together, there's a reason as to why they're Super Bowl champs. You don't just become the Super Bowl champs by surprise or by accident. That's a really good football team over there."

Rice's carries have been a topic surrounding the Ravens, who recently fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with former Colts coach Jim Caldwell. Rice only had 12 carries for 38 yards and three catches in a 34-17 loss to Denver last week under Caldwell as offensive coordinator.

"Looking at how we played, I know I get my touches when we're executing on third down," Rice said. "Obviously last week, we played against a great defense. I try to make the best of my touches, but we didn't execute well. That's something that we have to do better."

While the Giants need to win out to make the playoffs, the Ravens have already clinched a playoff spot. But Baltimore (9-5) is looking to halt a three-game skid.

"There's definitely a lot of urgency," Rice said. "We lost three in a row. That's the most I've lost since I've been a Raven. Obviously, there's got to be urgency for us to go out there and play a great game of football."

Coughlin, Rice applaud Cruz

December, 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin could not have been prouder of Victor Cruz than he was on Wednesday.

The Giants' head coach lauded his receiver for visiting the family of Jack Pinto, a 6-year-old who was buried in a replica Cruz jersey. (Read Cruz's emotional account of the trip).

Pinto was among 20 children who died Friday during the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"Incredibly proud of what he's done," Coughlin said of Cruz. "Incredibly. That family will remember that all their days. Hopefully, at least some of their grief may temporarily be spent in being able to embrace Victor Cruz.

"The fact that he went and did that speaks volumes about what he has in him, inside."

Baltimore running back Ray Rice, who will play against the Giants on Sunday, was touched by Cruz's gesture as well.

"Heart," Rice said, to describe Cruz's visit. "You've got to be able to put yourself in that family's situation to understand at least what they're going through. That's what it's about.

"You do it from the heart. You do it from within. What he did was amazing because, honestly, I was affected by that more than I've ever been affected before."

Rice continued: "We get caught up, wrapped up in our own little world of fantasy football and winning and losing, that we sorta forget that there's people out there that's really hurting. And those people of Newtown are really hurting right now. That's not an excuse for going out there and laying an egg on the field, but after the game's over, you've still got to face life. We all need to realize that."