For players on the roster bubble, like rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro, Thursday night’s preseason game in New Orleans will be crucial. At this point, it would be a surprise if Campanaro doesn’t make the 53-man roster. He caught two passes for 44 yards during Saturday’s preseason win against Washington, and Campanaro also had a 44-yard kickoff return. His potential as an NFL slot receiver is obvious.
However, Campanaro is too smart to take anything for granted. Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken, and Jeremy Butler are also vying for a spot at wide receiver, and the competition has been close. Watching other players get cut Monday as the Ravens trimmed to 75 players had an impact on Campanaro.
“It was just a tough day around the building,” Campanaro said. “We’ve been playing with these guys all camp. Everyone’s just hoping for the best. You can only control the things that you can.”
Campanaro is a local product, attending River Hill High School before going to college at Wake Forest. He has a host of family and friends rooting for him at every home game, and being so close to realizing his dream of playing for the Ravens makes this a special time.
“I think it’s a huge game [Thursday],” Campanaro. “I think I’ve had a strong training camp, and I think this is a great opportunity for me to translate some of the things I’ve been doing out on the practice field into the game.”
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