The Coaches Got It Right: Why Ray Rice Deserves His Pro Bowl Selection

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The Coaches Got It Right: Why Ray Rice Deserves His Pro Bowl Selection
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As the 2010 Pro Bowl results were released last night, I was anticipating to see the list for the first time, looking to see some surprising players make it in, or some that were left out.

Most importantly, I wanted to see if the coaches and players that made up two-thirds of the voting put Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on the roster. After all, being the biggest target on the Ravens offense has as much to do with the Ravens having their postseason chances still a possibility.

Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, and Maurice Jones-Drew were nominated for the AFC running backs. One back who feels was left out in the cold was Cincinnati Bengal Cedric Benson, who had a career year and led his team to a division crown.

There was some speculation that Rice wouldn't get in, and would have been replaced by the likes of Benson. However, his stats alone show why he is deserving.

Through 15 games, Rice is second to Chris Johnson in all-purpose yards with 1,952, with eight total touchdowns. Rice's play in the beginning of the year has earned himself as the most targeted player on the Ravens offense.

While on the ground, he has put up 1,269 yards, which includes 141 yards on the Pittsburgh Steelers, which snapped the streak of the longest amount of games without a 100-yard rusher.

Rice is also a vertical threat on the receiving end. He leads the Ravens in receptions with 74 and is second behind Mason in yards with 683.

Though defenses have much film on Rice's play-making ability, he still finds a way to get in the open field and break tackles.

He may be the smallest player on the field, currently at 5'8", 210 pounds. However, he is not affected by that at all.

Rice has proved in the 2009 season he is the Ravens most valuable player this season, making a difference in Baltimore this season.

Pro Bowl type players execute when they are needed most, and Rice has continued to do this all season long.

So before you say Ray Rice is not deserving of a Pro Bowl selection, look at his body of work this season.

 

Matt Miselis is an NFL writer for BleacherReport.com.

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