OWINGS MILLS - Ravens strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki said running back Ray Rice showed up in top shape for this week’s voluntary sessions. One of Rice’s goals this offseason was to lose weight, after a disappointing season in which rushed for just 660 yards and averaged 3.1 yards per carry.
Rice reached 217 pounds last season, and the Ravens would prefer him to be around 207. Rogucki did not reveal what Rice weighed, but sounded pleased.
“He looks great,” Rogucki said. “I’ve never spoken to his trainer, but he looks good. I’ve spoken to Ray, he’s doing some things differently as far as his diet and so forth. He told me he has a handle on it. Whatever he did from the end of the season until now, he’s in a good position.”
Rice still faces legal issues after his indictment for third degree aggravated assault. He faces likely punishment from the NFL under the personal conduct policy, even if he is found not guilty or avoids jail time.
This is a make-or-break season for Rice, who must prove he can still be a consistent playmaker. Apparently, Rice is determined to return in great shape, after not having a great year.