Fullback Pumped to Block for NFL Beast Derrick Henry

Baltimore Ravens fullback Pat Ricard couldn’t hide his excitement when free agent Derrick Henry signed with the team.

“It’s a dream come true for any blocker,” said Ricard, a four-time Pro Bowler.

Henry, considered one of the league’s best running backs, had many interested teams. Ricard knew it would be a tough get for Baltimore.

“He’s one of those guys you never think you can get because everyone wants him,” Ricard said. “But Eric [DeCosta, Ravens general manager] worked his magic.”

Fans are buzzing about the possibilities with these two giants in the backfield. Practices have offered a glimpse of the potential, but the real test will come with full contact.

“I can’t wait for training camp,” Ricard said. “We’ll see how defenses handle it. Add Lamar [Jackson] to the mix, and it’s going to be a nightmare for them.”

Even Ravens coach John Harbaugh is enthusiastic about the pairing.

“It gives us a lot of options,” Harbaugh said. “We have playmakers, a big offensive line, and we’re excited.”

Ricard has known Henry for years from Pro Bowls but never got to know him well. Now, he’s impressed.

“He’s like a perfect player in a video game,” Ricard said. “He’s everything they say he is. We’re lucky to have him.”

Last year, there were questions about Ricard’s role in the new offense. He played less than before but still saw significant snaps.

This year, questions surround how much Ricard will be used as a lead blocker with Henry around. Ricard might still see snaps as an extra blocker or even use his receiving skills.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Harbaugh said. “But there’s always a place for a guy like Pat. He’ll be out there playing a big role.”