The EbonyBird.com 2010 Award Week continues with the Most Improved Player award. One great part of being a big fan of an NFL team is seeing players progress and improve, and sometimes, become the star of your team. This year, at least for me, the choice is obvious.
Ray Rice, RB, 2nd year out of Rutgers: Rice is the obvious choice here. Not
because he was a useless player last year, he was actually the total opposite in his rookie season. But when a guy goes from being dangerous for most of the games in the 2nd half of the season to one of the best offensive weapons in the NFL, that’s some great improvement. Let me run some numbers by you: In 2008, Rice appeared in 13 games and had 888 total yards, but no touchdowns. In 2009, Rice had 2041 total yards and 7 touchdowns. The 2nd-year back out of Rutgers became the main player Ravens opponents would gameplan for, and for good reason. Rice eclipsed 100 total yards in 13 games, and in two of those three, he had over 85. Rice went from being the fan favorite versatile one or two-down back to being one of the NFL’s most dangerous playmaker. Now that is improvement.
EbonyBird.com’s 2010 Ravens Award Week:
Top Rookie: CB Lardarius Webb
Top Newcomer: C Matt Birk
Most Improved Player: RB Ray Rice
Next in the series is Best Individual Performance (in one game).