In an interview with 105.7 The Fan’s Ken Weinman and Jason La Canfora, former Ravens running back Ray Rice talked about Lamar Jackson, watching rookie running back J.K. Dobbins and his own fandom.
Rice talked to the radio hosts Tuesday evening on their show, "Inside Access."
Naturally, Rice wasn’t surprised by the success the Ravens have had.
“You know they’re going to do well based off of the familiar faces,” Rice said. “If you know how the Ravens are built, that’s an easy formula. Nothing is going to be easy, but they’re built to run over people and they play good defense. That’s been a staple like that since we won a Super Bowl. If you talk about the pieces they brought in, you can look on their D-line, their D-line is probably one of, if not the best defensive lines in football.”
Rice called the Ravens’ upcoming test against the Chiefs their biggest test of the season, but added their overtime game against the Chargers last Sunday was the team’s best-case scenario.
But the comparisons between Rice and Dobbins are easy to draw.
Dobbins is 5-foot-10 and Rice is 5-foot-8. Both play similar styles, were picked 55th overall in the NFL Draft, and most importantly, both wear No. 27.
Rice played six seasons in Baltimore before he was released by the team after the video release of a domestic violence incident with his wife in 2014. Rice never played in the NFL again. He said he still watches the Ravens, and Dobbins, and has no reason to root against them.
“I can literally say, have y’all seen that video where Chad Ochocinco was watching Davante Adams?’" Rice began. “Seeing J.K. Dobbins, hand hit the ground, kinda get up and go, it was like an emotional moment because it’s like poetry...You’re watching yourself, you’re feeling everything that supposedly he felt in that moment.”
Rice joked that he could suit up now and no one would tell the difference.
“As long as he wears No. 27, I have all due respect for him to just take off and do it better,” Rice said. “It makes me proud to know that we was the pick, same stature. There are things that are so similar, I probably could call Eric and if I wanted to disguise myself, I can get in there and I’d be alright.”
As for playing with Jackson, though, he’s confident he would’ve thrived.
“The creases are that much bigger when you’re playing with Lamar Jackson,” Rice said. “He keeps everybody honest. I used to have an extra safety in the box for me, they’re keeping one down for Lamar, not even for the running backs. This is unprecedented territory. I would’ve had 2,500 yards rushing and 800 receiving. Records would’ve been broken the amount of stuff you can do!”