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Rice: "My touches will definitely come"

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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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