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Rice: "My touches will definitely come"

Ray Rice on Wednesday dismissed any clamor about his workload, saying that “my touches will definitely come” as the season enters its crucial final quarter.

“It’s that late time of year where that run game is more important,” Rice said.

As there always seems to be after a loss, there was a lot of teeth-gnashing about Rice’s workload – or lack of it – after the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. Rice finished the game with 12 carries for 78 yards and did not touch the ball in the fourth quarter.

At his weekly media session, Rice reiterated what he said after the game, that “situational football came into play” with the fourth-quarter play-calling.

 “Going forward,” he added, “we’re going to do as I always say, work on our execution, and my touches will definitely come. It’s that late time of year where the cream rises to the top.”

Rice said that in the final quarter of the season, his workload has generally increased, and he’s right. Last year, Rice averaged 17.3 carries over the first 12 games, then 20.8 over the final four. In 2010, he averaged about 17.6 carries over the first 12 games, and 23.8 over the final four.

“We’ve always found a way, toward the end of the year, where my attempts have (gone) up,” he said.

Rice says he’s ready for that. Now in his fifth season, Rice said he feels about as good as he ever has heading into the homestretch.

“I think that has something to do with being smart with my touches, but it also has to do with the way I take care of my body. The weight room has been my temple.”

Rice currently ranks 13th in the league in carries with 198. He finished third in the league with 291 carries last season and was seventh in 2010 (307).

“Thirteenth right now, you know what? That’s OK, because we’ve been winning games,” Rice said. “But now, we’ll find a way to get the ball in our playmakers’ hands. And obviously I think I’m a playmaker for this team so the coaches … they’ll find a way to get me the ball.

“One thing I don’t like is being forced the ball. Being forced the ball, sometimes that’s not always in your best interest because you’re getting forced into a defense that’s already preparing for you. But getting smart touches, and getting touches that I can make a big play, that’s something that I get excited about.”



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Browns WR Jarvis Landry tells Tom Brady 'the leagues needs your voice right now'

Browns WR Jarvis Landry tells Tom Brady 'the leagues needs your voice right now'

Tom Brady is one of -- if not the most -- well-known and well-respected players in the National Football League. When it comes to star power, he is at the top of the list.

Now, Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry is asking Brady to use his strong voice to help NFL players achieve their goals as they enter the 2020 season. Landry recently took to Twitter to ask Brady to participate in discussions between the league and players.

It's unclear what exactly Landry is referring to when he says he and other players need Brady's voice. It could have to do with the fight for social justice in the country, and it could relate to the situation surrounding the upcoming NFL campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With training camp set to start at the end of July, there are still many unanswered questions about how the season will work. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that testing protocols and the length of the preseason are two issues that remain unsolved. The league has been working to put measures in place to limit player exposure including banning jersey swaps, which did not go over well with many players.

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As for the preseason, the schedule has been cut down to two games, but the NFLPA has voted to have the entire preseason eliminated. There was also a report that the league proposed a 35% pay cut for players to counteract the revenue losses the pandemic will create. 

Players have been vocal about having their demands met, and Landry is now asking an influential player like Brady to help get things to where they need to be.

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Offseason. What offseason? There is no offseason for Baltimore Ravens standout cornerback Marlon Humphrey who announced he's throwing a garage sale Sunday, July 12 in Owings Mills.

"Garage sale this Sunday! (Owings Mills, MD) New year means a lot needs to be left behind," Humphrey said. "Will have furniture, shoes, lights, and of course some Ravens gear 😎Everything must go..!"

Humphrey's post received north of 1,500 likes in two hours so it may be fair to say there will be a decent turnout. 

NFL players having garage sales is sort of a peculiar situation, it doesn't happen quite often. Former Green Bay Packers running back Eddy Lacy had one in 2017 which drew a large enough crown to wrap around the entire block.

In that instance, ten shoppers were allowed in at a time to peruse the items and Lacy said that all of the money will go to charity, with any leftover unsold items being given to the Freedom House homeless shelter in Green Bay, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Humprey is entering his fourth season with the Ravens.

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