Friday, August 22, 2014
Ray Rice has biggest fall in player rankings
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice is no longer a premier running back in the NFL. That's according to the 90 contributors who voted in ESPN's player rankings.
Rice suffered the biggest fall of anyone in this year's rankings. Last year, he was considered the 15th-best offensive player in the game. This year, he's out of the top 100 completely.
A major drop was expected with Rice, who finished 30th in the NFL with 660 yards rushing. He also averaged a career-worst 3.1 yards per carry.
To put Rice's dramatic slide in perspective, there are 14 running backs who made the top 100 list. The ones who have been revealed so far are: Eddie Lacy, Alfred Morris, Giovani Bernard, C.J. Spiller, DeMarco Murray, Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles.
Rice, 27, dropped 15 pounds this offseason in an effort to regain his explosiveness. He will miss the first two games of this season because he was suspended by the NFL for his off-the-field incident.
There was only one other player who didn't make this year's rankings after being in the top 20 the previous year. That was tight end Tony Gonzalez, who retired at the end of last season.