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Rice Feels “Underrated”

With one Pro Bowl under his belt, Ray Rice still feels that he has something to prove.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Ray Rice wants to let everyone know that his first Pro Bowl selection was no fluke.
 
Heading into his third season – months after attending the NFL All-Star game – Rice is looking to firmly establish himself among the league’s elite running backs.
 
“I still feel like I’m a guy that is underrated,” said Rice in a Monday-morning appearance on ESPN’s First Take.   ”My plan is to go out there and prove it all over again, that this wasn’t just a one-year thing.”
 
Last year, Rice led the Ravens with 1,339 rushing yards and tallied 2,041 total yards, becoming only one of two players to surpass the 2,000-yard mark all campaign.
 
But while he admits he does harbor personal aspirations, Rice won’t sacrifice victories for additional glory.
 
“My personal goal is to do more than I did last year as far as total yards, but the overall goal is to win,” he said.  ”I want to go after my personal goals and win at the same time.  We’ve been a playoff team and have been contenders for the last few years. With the pieces we have on offense, I think we have a very good shot.”
 
The biggest of those additions might be wideout Anquan Boldin.  Rice believes Boldin’s presence will be just as much of a boost to the Ravens’ passing attack as it will to their ground game.
 
“He’s going to open up the offense for us, especially for me,” Rice said of Boldin.  ”He’s a great blocker down the field, and that’s one of the things that breaks long runs.  He can handle the corners and the safeties. Not only can he run and catch, but he can do it all.”

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