Free agent wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. didn’t do enough to stick with the Ravens after last weekend’s minicamp. However, he will get another tryout this weekend with the 49ers at their rookie free agent minicamp. The 49ers’ invitation to Rice was confirmed on his Twitter account, via CSNBayArea.com
“Working for the next opportunity,” Rice wrote. “Appreciate the Ravens for getting my feet wet…Now preparing for #49ers this weekend..Leggo!”
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). However, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was complementary of Rice following Saturday’s practice at Owings Mills. Harbaugh likely talked to his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and put in a good word for Rice.
“First of all, he’s a really good athlete,” John Harbaugh said. “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.”
After starting his college career at UCLA as a walk-on, Rice earned a scholarship before transferring to Nevada – Las Vegas, where he caught 11 passes for 86 yards last season. When the Ravens called for a tryout last week, Rice jumped at the opportunity.
Rice Jr. has lived with frequent comparisons to his father, and has learned to cope with the attention. Now he’ll be trying to make it with the team where his father became a legend.