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Ravens running back Ray Rice bounces around the practice field like he’s a rookie.
A year after putting his name on the national map, Rice hasn’t slowed down in his perfection for greatness, starting with being a regular at the Ravens’ voluntary and mandatory Organized Team Activities.
It’s his work ethic and attitude that sets an example for the actual rookies, who begin their own minicamp Tuesday.
“This is where my season was made last year, in OTAs, minicamp, in here in the offseason,” Rice said.
Rice was out on the practice field early this past week even after having all four wisdom teeth removed last weekend. He was eating just oatmeal and soup, but that didn’t stop him from buckling his chinstrap and going to work. (It didn’t stop him from the usual playful jabber either.)
The Ravens’ 5-foot-8 Pro Bowler, who has proclaimed via Twitter that he plans on dunking over the field goal cross bar after his first 2010 touchdown, has looked just as quick as last year and said he doesn’t plan on adding any bulk this offseason.
“You couldn’t have a better offseason than what Ray Rice is having,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.