Ravens' Shaun Draughn could have opportunity if Ray Rice's injury keeps him out

If Ray Rice is unable to suit up Sunday, Shaun Draughn will wind up being Bernard Pierce's backup for the Houston game. - John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Draughn was signed last week to help on special teams but could see a role on offense if Rice is unable to play.

Shaun Draughn is beginning to look like a good pickup for Baltimore all of a sudden.

Signed last week, Draughn could see some action against the Texans if Ray Rice is unable to play due to his hip flexor injury. By being brought in a week ago, Draughn has had time to learn Baltimore's playbook on offense.

Draughn was inactive for Sunday's 14-6 win over Cleveland but could wind up having a role on offense if Rice's injury lingers. In fact, he might be active even if Rice can go, just to be safe in case Rice's injury flares up.

"Yeah, I think I'm pretty prepared," Draughn told the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. "I actually ran the same type of protections and some of the terms are exactly the same as what I did in Kansas City. It was real familiar for me to pick up."

Given the fact that the Ravens are throwing the ball a lot more this year, pass protection will be key if Draughn is to see some playing time with Bernard Pierce as the lead back (again, only if Rice is held out of the game, though).


"Protections are protections, it's just a matter of getting the terminology down," Draughn told The Sun. "Most definitely, it was a good thing I was inactive the first week for me to pick things up. I met with [RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery] and Joe [Flacco] on Tuesday. I'm in my playbook a lot. I got to stay prepared, man."

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