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Ravens bringing in Jerry Rice Jr. for minicamp

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Looking for help at wide receiver, the Ravens turned to one of the biggest names in league history.

And asked his kid to try out.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, UNLV wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. will attend minicamp on a tryout basis with the Ravens this weekend.

Dad is sort of the best wide receiver ever to play football. Junior caught 11 passes for 86 yards for UNLV last year, after transferring from UCLA, where he was a walk-on.

Like his dad, he’s not especially fast (4.68 in the 40), but that and the name seem to be where the similarities end.

Junioir here is far from the only son to take advantage of his father’s name for a lift. West Virginia Weslyan quarterback Nate Montana, son of some guy named Joe, tried out for the 49ers last year, and many other kids use their dad’s name to get them in the door.

It’s a nice gesture for a team to reach out to a legend of the game, and since he’s not occupying a roster spot, it’s not as if he’s taking anything away from a more deserving player.

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15 Responses to “Ravens bringing in Jerry Rice Jr. for minicamp”
  1. joetoronto says: May 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    “Like his dad, he’s not especially fast (4.68 in the 40), but that and the name seem to be where the similarities end.”

    His dad had football speed though, the way he separated after catching the ball was amazing, as smooth as can be too.

  2. wiztopher says: May 13, 2014 7:59 AM

    Those genes missed him n went right for Jordan Matthews, Jerry’s cousin.

  3. barsfordays says: May 13, 2014 8:05 AM

    Dont they have enough wideouts? Smith x2, Jacoby, Marlon Brown, Deonte Thompson, Aaron Mellette….

  4. haassauce21 says: May 13, 2014 8:07 AM

    He won’t make the cut…

  5. ctiggs says: May 13, 2014 8:24 AM

    WHOOOOOOO”S GOT IT BETTER THAN US????? NOOOOOOOOOOBODYYY!!!!!!!!

  6. thebirdsareback says: May 13, 2014 8:33 AM

    Never know

  7. bigbenownsthenfl says: May 13, 2014 9:21 AM

    The desperate get even more desperate. 3rd in the afc North can do that to ya!

  8. crownofthehelmet says: May 13, 2014 10:51 AM

    They’re just testing the waters in preparation of drafting Ray Lewis’ kid.

  9. watermelon1 says: May 13, 2014 11:10 AM

    funny how they weren’t even 3rd. They were tied for 2nd with an equally horrible steelers team.

    Remember kids, tiebreakers don’t count when both teams miss the playoffs. Tiebreakers are only to see who makes playoffs.

  10. santamoss says: May 13, 2014 11:30 AM

    Now they just need to sign Nate Montana…

  11. russellwilsonatemyhomework says: May 13, 2014 12:31 PM

    Well, wouldn’t that just be the icing on the Ricecake.

  12. JSpicoli says: May 13, 2014 12:36 PM

    Maybe all the kid needs is a good soft tissue massage.

    Jerry should still know the address.

  13. l0glcalv0icesays says: May 13, 2014 12:52 PM

    Typical Ravens, bringing in another bum. Have fun watching the Redskins win the Super Bowl, losers! #HTTR #RedskinsRunTheStateOfMaryland #3RingsAreBetterThan2

  14. Bull Rush says: May 13, 2014 3:00 PM

    There are some utterly ridiculous comments from this post.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: May 13, 2014 3:15 PM

    I’m pretty sure placing also decide reg season schedule – 1st place teams play other division 1st place teams, 2nd vs 2nd, etc.

    No debating both teams 8-8 no playoffs, but steelers finished 2nd, and ravens finished just above the browns.

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