Baltimore Ravens' Running Backs Report

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IJune 24, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  Running back Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against linebacker James Harrison #92 Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Lawrence Barreca

During the 2008 NFL season, it was referred to as “The Three-Headed Monster.” This trio of distinct running backs, each possessing a unique set of skills, helped lead a rebuilding Baltimore Ravens’ offense to an 11-5 record and the AFC Championship Game. 

Led by starter Willis McGahee, the Ravens’ rushing attack ranked sixth in the NFL and third in the AFC. Behind McGahee, former fullback Le’Ron McClain was the bulldozer of the group, scoring 10 of the offense’s 20 rushing touchdowns. He even made his first Pro Bowl appearance, scoring on a “fumble-rooskie.”

The final man of the group, rookie Ray Rice out of Rutgers, showed his playmaking ability on limited action as he totaled 454 yards, averaging 4.2 yards a carry.  

Going into the 2009 campaign, the team now loses one member of the triad, while also gaining another. With the loss of starting fullback Lorenzo Neal to the Oakland Raiders, the team must move McClain back to his natural position. This leaves a hole wide open for rookie Cedric Peerman to steal the stage...

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