The Ravens' review: 2012 season
To keep you entertained during the 2013 NFL offseason, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will go back and review the performance of each significant Ravens contributor during the 2012 season. He started with the team's free agents and recent retires and will break down a new Ravens player every weekday.
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Ray Rice, running back( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / January 20, 2013 )
GS: 16 | GP: 16 | Snaps: 811
Season in review: After being rewarded with a fat new contract before training camp opened, Rice delivered with another strong regular season. He topped 1,000 rushing yards for a fourth straight season, and thanks to those 1,143 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, he was voted to his third career Pro Bowl. He rushed for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs, but averaged just 3.6 yards per carry.
Signature moment: In a thrilling comeback win over the San Diego Chargers, Rice made an incredible play that will be forever known in Baltimore as fourth-and-29. Catching a desperation dump-off from Joe Flacco, Rice ran through the Chargers defense to pick up a first down and keep the team¿s hopes alive.
Stat that stands out: three -- fumbles lost in the playoffs by Rice, who usually hangs on to the football.
Pro Football Focus grade: +11.6 overall | +0.3 as a runner | +10.1 as a receiver | +2.4 as a blocker.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: The 26-year-old remains one of the NFL¿s most productive running backs, especially when you factor in what he does after catching the ball in the backfield. He can still improve as a between-the-tackles runner, though. Despite the emergence of young running back Bernard Pierce, Rice¿s job does not appear to be in danger. If anything, Pierce should help keep Rice fresh and dangerous.