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  • Ray Rice RB - BAL Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk... 8:12 pm   4/22/14

    Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk this offseason, has impressed the Ravens' strength and conditioning coach with his work at the voluntary offseason program, the the team's official website reports.

    Impacts: Dealing with a serious legal incident and coming off a career-worst season, Rice is under pressure to show up at training camp in the best shape of his life. Doing so would hardly guarantee a big season, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. While the possibility of league discipline is still looming, there have been some positive developments for Rice's fantasy value this offseason, namely the Ravens addressing an offensive line that was putrid in 2013. The report from the team website notes that Rice topped out at 217 pounds last season, 5-to-10 pounds above his normal playing weight. The increase was attributed to an effort to bulk up, a plan that wouldn't really make any sense given Rice's skill set and always-sturdy 5-8 frame. It's quite possible that he merely showed up out of shape last year, which bodes well for his odds of a bounce back. With so many factors at play here, Rice's value is nearly impossible to gauge at this juncture. Dropping pounds and emphasizing agility over power would be an excellent start.

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