Height/Weight: 6’0″/260 lbs.
Age: 25/Experience: 4
Analysis: The two-time Pro Bowler took a big step back statistically in 2009 after rushing for a career-high 902 yards on 232 carries and 10 touchdowns in 2008. This was mostly due to the fact that he reverted back to being a full-time fullback instead of a running back, which resulted in him only carrying the ball 46 times for just 180 yards. The emergence of Ray Rice as the team’s primary running back was the main reason for the change. And now, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron knows he can rely on Rice to be the workhorse and only split carries with Willis McGahee instead of both McGahee and McClain. McClain is one of the most versatile fullbacks in the league, which is evident from his production running the ball. His bowling ball-like stature allows him to eat up pass rushers as well as run over defenders when he gets the rock or is making a block (the rhyme wasn’t intentional). Basically, this is a hell of a guy to have on your team.
2010 Outlook: McClain’s role this season will be much like last season. He will be the full-time fullback and will only get carries on third down and short or goal-line situations, barring any unforeseen injuries to Rice or McGahee. The good thing about McClain, though, is that he is more than capable of filling in as the running back if the situation presents itself. He even started a campaign called “MCCLAIN 4 RB” on his Twitter account to try and convince the coaches to give him more carries. Obviously he can produce at the position and there’s a good chance he may get more carries than last season, but the Ravens would much rather have him blocking for Rice than anything else.
Submitted by Steve Giles