McClain Still Happy to Block

The Ravens fullback’s Twitter campaign is mainly a joke between he and Rice.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Le’Ron McClain and Ray Rice are always joking about who’s the better runner. For evidence, check this Pro Bowl mic’d video.

So when McClain launched his “McClain 4 RB!” Twitter campaign, it was meant to be just as much a joke between he and Rice as it was an actual proclamation.

The bottom line is that McClain would love to carry the ball more like he did in 2008. Like many other players in the Ravens offense, he would like to be a versatile weapon. But with Rice and a host of other playmakers on this upgraded Baltimore offense, not everyone can get a bigger role.

And that means that McClain, all jokes aside, is content continuing as the freight-train blocker with a short-yard rushing specialty.

“I have no problem blocking for Ray Rice and getting to a Pro Bowl,” McClain said Tuesday. “I can’t complain. It’s all good.”

McClain, who reportedly is searching for a long-term deal as a restricted free agent, has been a team player throughout his transition from tailback to fullback last year. And he’s been a frequent participant in offseason workouts, pushing himself and Rice to get better.

McClain has received his fair-share of carries during the Ravens’ first two camps. He’s caught a bunch of balls out of the backfield and even played receiver on occasion.

But it’s minicamp, where players often get looks at various positions around the field. Still, McClain values the opportunities and hopes he can show enough in practice to convince coaches to give him a few more touches.

“I’m just trying to expand my role – anything I can do to help the game,” McClain said. “It’s about getting over the hump in the playoffs and getting to Dallas, man.”

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