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.