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Quarterback Joe Flacco got much of the press. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin got the AFC Player of the Week award.
But it was full back Le’Ron McClain who graded out the highest of any offensive player after Coordinator Cam Cameron watched game tape of Sunday’s Browns matchup.
The grades are determined by coordinators and position coaches after each game. They are detail-oriented (Ex: pointing out things like single steps in the wrong direction) report cards that tell a player and coach what’s working well and what needs to improve.
“[Le'Ron] graded out at a Pro Bowl level,” Cameron said. “He had a Pro Bowl performance last week.”
McClain, who practiced in a non-contact jersey Thursday, hasn’t seen the rock as much as his McClain4RB campaign management would probably like. He has six carries through three games for a combined 13 yards. Four of those carries were in Week 1 against the New York Jets.
But although he isn’t getting many touches, that hasn’t slowed McClain’s play.
“I just try every week to stay consistent, man,” said the two-time Pro Bowl fullback. “I just do my job, make sure my guy isn’t in on the play [making a tackle] or anything like that.”
McClain was out of town Monday attending to a family emergency, so Running Backs Coach Wilbert Montgomery informed him of his high marks via text message. McClain said he looks forward to receiving his grade each week.
“You just want to know how you did, stuff you need to work on and stuff that you did good at,” McClain said. “Even if I don’t grade out so well, I’m hardest on myself.”