Lost in the shuffle in the underused running game is Vonta Leach.
Because of the no-huddle offense, the All-Pro fullback has been almost invisible through seven games which is astounding when considering his value.
Leach is an excellent blocker, and when Ray Rice usually gets chunks of yardage he's usually out front creating the space.
Rice has 106 carries, just nine fewer than last season at this point, but he goes long stretches without being involved in the offense.
The same goes for Leach.
After an ugly 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs, Rice lamented it was good to see the team remembered it could run the ball on the final drive to secure the victory. And then he lobbied on behalf of Leach, who has just three carries for 15 yards and 10 catches for 81 for the season.
This week, coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that Leach has to get more involved as he re-tools his inconsistent offense going into the bye week.
“We want to use him more than that. Absolutely. He is handling it like a pro. He and I had a talk on the plane about it," Harbaugh said about the aftermath of the 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. "He was great, but he wants to play, and he knows he can help us.
"He wants to be out there. You can’t really guarantee that you’re going to do this in one game and that in another game, but on average, Vonta Leach has got to play more than that. There are going to be some games where maybe he doesn’t play as much."
Leach had three receptions in the opening 44-13 win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. He had just one carry in a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it was for a five-yard touchdown to open the Ravens' scoring.
After RIce had gained 27 yards on his first three carries vs. Houston, Leach had his first -- and only -- carry for six yards late in the first quarter with Baltimore leading 3-0. But quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked on the next two plays which led to a safety.
Five minutes later, the Ravens were behind 16-3 and panic set in and a run game that the Texans had yet to prove they could solve was totally abandoned.
"I’m not defending what we decided to do in that game or what we didn’t decide to do," Harbaugh said. "It didn’t work. We tried to get back in the game, and it didn’t work. But yes, Vonta is a big part of what we’re doing.”