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Cameron finds 'sweet spot' with Rice

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Cameron finds 'sweet spot' with Rice

Ray Rice got his 20 touches and Joe Flacco passed 39 times in the last outing, but offensive coordinator Cam Cameron isn't making any promises going into Thursday night's game vs. the Cleveland Browns.

"We're always wanting to be as balanced as we can be, but it's not going to be the same every week. We know that," Cameron said. "Balance isn't as big of a priority for us as it is for everybody else.

"It's about attacking the defense we're playing. We may throw it every down some game. If we think that's what we need to do to win the game, that's what we're going to do. We ran it 55 times last year against Cleveland because that's what we needed to do."

In a 24-10 win in the first meeting of 2011 that Cameron is referring to, the Ravens ran the ball with Rice 29 times and then-backup Ricky Williams had 16 tries. They combined for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Others combined for 10 carries. Flacco only went 10-for-23 passing.

In a 20-14 win late in the season against Cleveland, Rice ran 23 times and Williams had 10 carries. They totaled 132 yards. Flacco only went 11-for-24 passing.

Cameron insists the Ravens are looking out for Rice, who signed a five-year, 40 million contract extension in the offseason, in the long-term.

"If we as a staff gave Ray Rice the ball as much as everybody wants us to, he would wind up like the rest of the backs in this league," Cameron said. "We're not going to let that happen. I think there's a sweet spot on how much you can use a three-down back in this business over a 20-plus game season.

"We think we've found that sweet spot for him. It will vary a little from week to week, but you can't find many backs in this league that can last 16, 20 games, much less (for) five seasons. ... We've got a good feel for what is best for him and what is best for us."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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