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Ravens working McClain at fullback
Posted May. 10 at 02:13 AM
It looks like LeRon McClain will be primarily a fullback this year.
That's where he's working at this week's minicamp, according to an article by Jamison Hensley in The Baltimore Sun.
The Ravens didn't re-sign Lorenzo Neal, who's now with the Raiders. He was their blocking fullback last year. It looks like they'll have McClain fill that role.
"He reminds me a lot of Lorenzo Neal," says offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. "In my mind, [Neal] is still here."
If McClain isn't lining up at tailback, that will free up Willis McGahee and Ray Rice to get more carries. The team had more of a three-headed monster last season.
Posted by JODY SMITH | May. 11 at 07:35 AM
How do you think this will effect Baltimore goal line running?
Posted by IAN ALLAN | May. 12 at 03:54 AM
McClain was very effective in short-yardage situations last year. By our count, he went 13 of 16 when the Ravens needed 1 yard in a money situation (for a touchdown or to keep a drive alive). But with Lo Neal gone, I expect he'll probably have to be the blocker in those situations. McGahee would then get most of those carries. I don't like McGahee -- I don't like the way he trashed Buffalo, I don't like the way he frequently will try to blame stuff on coaches, and I think his skills have really declined. But he could pop in a fair number of touchdowns there. The other option would be if the team finds another fullback who can fill that role -- maybe free agent rookie Jason Cook if he makes the team. If Cook makes the team, I could see them bringing him in for goal-line plays, with McClain then rolling back to tailback.
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