Baltimore Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain may be one of the best-and most important-weapons the Ravens offense has.
And his versatility is one of the greatest assets offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the Ravens offense have at their disposal.
McClain, in his fourth year out of the University of Alabama, is a two-time Pro Bowler for the Ravens as their fullback.
For two out of the last three years, McClain has blocked for 1,000 yard rushers in Willis McGahee and Ray Rice.
Coming out of the draft in 2007, McClain was the top fullback prospect in the nation and the Ravens picked him to fill a void left by Ovie Mughelli, who left via free agency to join the Atlanta Falcons.
Now McClain is recognized as one of the best fullbacks in the country-in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl the last two years for the AFC.
He has bone-crushing hits that clear the running lanes down to a science.
“I’m just looking at movement,” McClain told Thyrl Nelson earlier this week after practice at McDaniel College. “Whenever I see Joe [Flacco] and Joe’s head swing around, I’m gone.”
But what some might not realize is that McClain has also proved himself effective at being a runner as well.
In 2008, McClain was actually the leading rusher for the Ravens, rushing for 902 yards and 10 TDs.
And it doesn’t matter for McClain if he gets the ball or not. He has lobbied to get the ball publicly and on his Twitter account, but he does use the same philosophy run-blocking for Ray Rice when he does get to carry the rock.
“I’m going 100 miles an hour, so whenever his head swings around, I’m going to get the ball and punish whoever is in front of me.”
Last year with the outbreak of Ray Rice as an NFL starter, McClain returned to the role of a more traditional fullback.
But he is still recognized for his ability, being named to his second Pro Bowl last year.
And with all the new weapons the Ravens added in the off-season, McClain may be staying in that role.
“We have a lot of new players with the addition of Anquan, Donte, and the rookie tight ends that came in,” McClain said of the off-season additions of Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, and the rookie tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. “Along with the backfield we have, the sky is the limit for it.”
In other words, in Cameron McClain trusts.
“We’re going to wait for Cam and whatever the plan is, we’re going to go with it and win some games.”
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