Harbaugh leaves backfield competition wide open

‘Tis the season in the NFL when every player around the league looks great, running around in shorts and a helmet. The latest gush we’ve picked up on is from Ravens coach John Harbaugh, throwing some love at RB Ray Rice. And Le’Ron McClain. A dual gush.

“Right now, Ray’s having … you couldn’t have a better offseason than what Ray Rice is having,  and I’d put Le’Ron in the same category,” Harbaugh said.

Maybe it means something, maybe it means nothing. Because despite the gushes, Harbaugh certainly didn’t clear up his intentions for the backfield, with Rice, McClain (and his public campaign for more carries) and Willis McGahee (among six no-shows at Tuesday’s OTAs, according to The Baltimore Sun) all in the mix again this season.

“Well yeah, you know this, but all options are open,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t rule out the fact that someone else other than Ray [Rice] will be starting games or carrying most of the carries. … So, it’s competition every single day, so we’ll just see how it all shakes out through training camp, and the guys that give us the best chance to gain yards are the guys that are going to be out there.”

I smell a fantasy football post from fantasy editor Michael Fabiano on the way with his thoughts on which direction fantasy footballers should go with this one.

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