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After a weekend tryout with the Baltimore Ravens, Jerry Rice Jr. has agreed to take part in the 49ers rookie minicamp this week as a non-roster player.
Rice Jr., the son of 49ers legend and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, revealed on Twitter that he will attend the 49ers camp in Santa Clara. The rookie camp is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Rice Jr. wrote: "Working for the next opportunity... Appreciate the ravens for getting my feet wet... Now preparing for #49ers this weekend.. Leggo!" The 49ers often bring in undrafted players on a tryout basis for rookie minicamp to get a closer look or help provide the team with enough players on both sides of the ball to stage 11-on-11 drills.
Rice Jr., who was listed last season at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, finished his college career at UNLV after spending four years with UCLA, where he caught nine passes in three seasons as a walk-on.
In his one season at UNLV, Rice Jr. caught 11 passes for 86 yards, including his only college touchdowns in his final game -- the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas.
During the Ravens minicamp, coach John Harbaugh said Rice was doing “a nice job.”
“First of all, he’s a really good athlete,” Harbaugh said via CSNBaltimore.com. “He doesn’t have his dad’s size, but he sure got his athleticism. When you watch him run, he runs in a really similar way. The other thing is, 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, the crossing routes what to do. Very good hands, very good athlete. He did a real nice job.”
Of course, Rice Jr. is a long shot to be signed as an undrafted free agent – let alone make an NFL roster. But he said he embraces being the son and namesake of one of the great players in NFL history.
“It’s something I’ve been born with,” Rice Jr. said. “I don’t know any better. You either burn yourself about it, or you take it as a challenge. Why not strive to be the greatest?”