OWINGS MILLS — At one point during the 11-on-11 portion of the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie minicamp practice Saturday, Jerry Rice Jr. caught a short pass over the middle and ran another 60 yards or so to the end zone.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Rice Jr. does not have his dad’s size. He also had just 11 catches as a senior at UNLV last season. But the son of the legendary San Francisco 49ers wide receiver did make some plays during Ravens rookie camp practice Saturday.
Rice Jr., a wide receiver like his dad, was among 22 players trying out for Baltimore in hopes of being signed.
The Ravens already have 12 receivers under contract and are unlikely to add another, but coach John Harbaugh was complimentary of how Rice Jr. looked during the camp.
“Jerry Rice. Jr has done a really nice job,” Harbaugh said. “First of all, he’s a really good athlete. He doesn’t have his dad’s size, but he’s sure got his athleticism. When you watch him run, he runs in a real similar way.
“The other thing, he’s got that West Coast offense down. He’s probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle. He knows all the rules and the crossing routes and what to do. Very good hands. Very smooth athlete. He did a really nice job.”
Rice Jr. did not say how many teams contacted him after the NFL draft last week. He simply said the Ravens were the first team to reach out and that he was on a plane to Baltimore shortly thereafter.
“I have an overall goal,” Rice Jr. said. “I have a lot of stepping stones to get there. So first, I’m trying to make a team anyway possible, whether it’s special teams, offense, whatever it takes to get there, and then build up from there.”
Rice Jr. went to UCLA as a walk-on in 2009 and eventually earned a scholarship there.
He caught nine passes for 69 yards in three seasons for the Bruins before transferring to UNLV last year.
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