EARLY BIRD: Has fumbling become a problem for Ray Rice?

EARLY BIRD: Has fumbling become a problem for Ray Rice?
October 9, 2013, 6:45 pm

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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, with Sunday’s home game against the Packers moving closer.

Two-minute topic: Has fumbling become a problem for Ray Rice?

During his first five NFL seasons, Rice only fumbled six times during the regular season. However, over his last eight games, including the postseason, Rice has lost five fumbles, including one last week against the Dolphins.

Rice said the recent fumbles have not changed his mindset.

“My confidence is not shaken,” Rice said.

Rice credited Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai for making an excellent play that caused Sunday’s fumble.

“That guy is a big, strong, guy,” Rice said. “It’s not like they’re just griping it from me and taking it from me. That guy wrapped me up, bear hugged me, and I actually thought he was going to get cut blocked. When he got a hold of me, I didn’t have a chance to put the second hand on the ball. You’ve just got to be aware of the situation. Those guys get paid as well, but it’s something obviously I’ll pay attention to.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is like all coaches. He does not like fumbles.

“I really don’t think the ball should ever be fumbled personally, Harbaugh said. “Those should be so rare, they should almost never happen.”

The Ravens hope Rice has already used up his quota of fumbles for the season.

Morning thought: “It’s like our best friend right now. Once we sick our dogs on them, it’s heaven for defensive backs.”

Cornerback Jimmy Smith, talking about playing defense behind the Ravens’ pass rush. 

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