OWINGS MILLS, Md — The Baltimore Ravens announced Monday they reached a three-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard, keeping them one of the most valuable and versatile players in their offensive system.
“Pat Ricard is a key cog in our attack and the type of player we always try to retain,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “We admire his unique skills and the physical presence he brings to the Ravens and look forward to three more years of Project Pat.”
Ricard, 27, has lined up all over the field, making his physical presence known as a fullback and a tight end. Over the past three years, 6-foot-3, 300-pound Ricard has paved the way for the Ravens to produce an NFL-best 8,846 yards rush — that’s 1,529 yards more than any other team in the league during that period.
Ricard’s block was so dominant at times that quarterback Lamar Jackson nicknamed him “Pancake Pat.” According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he is also adept at catching passes in the flat, recording the most receptions (29) and receiving yards (167) through a 300-pounder.
An unwritten defensive lineman from Maine in 2017, Ricard initially carved a niche in playing on both sides of the ball. In 2019, he became the first NFL player in a decade to make more than 100 snaps on offense and defense in the same season.
But Ricard then converted to playing exclusively offensively for the past two seasons. His role has also expanded from fullback over the past two seasons, as he lined up for more than half of his snaps at the tight end due to the knee injury to blocking tight end Nick Boyle.
Ricard became the first of Baltimore’s 22 free agents to be re-signed by the team.