Free agent wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. knows the odds of making the Ravens are stacked against him. Yet that did not keep Rice from making some nice catches at rookie minicamp Saturday, and earning praise from Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
“Jerry Rice Jr. has done a nice job,” Harbaugh said after practice. “First of all, he’s a really good athlete. 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.”
At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Rice is not nearly as big as his Hall of Fame father, Jerry Rice, who is the NFL’s all-time leader in catches (1,549), yards (22,895), and touchdowns (197). Rice Jr. has lived with frequent comparisons to his father, and has learned to cope with the attention.