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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on Sunday, Aug. 18, as they look ahead to Thursday’s preseason home game vs. the Panthers.
OWINGS MILLS - Scoring touchdowns will get you noticed. So Aaron Mellette’s plan is to keep scoring touchdowns.
“I think now, every game I’m looking to score,” said Mellette, smiling after Saturday’s practice. “I’m raising the bar for myself to perform better.”
Mellette has certainly raised his chances of making the Ravens. It’s a potential feel-good story for Mellette, a seventh-round rookie wide receiver from Elon, a small-school product who looks comfortable in the big time.
Mellette has caught a touchdown pass in each of the Ravens’ two preseason games. The picture remains crowded at wide receiver, but coach John Harbaugh admitted Mellette was very much in the mix.
“That’s how you make it,” Harbaugh said. “That’s how you earn your stripes – you make plays. It’s not just two catches that you see – it’s all the other things that go with it. You could have two great catches, and everything else cannot be there. But he’s doing all those things and doing a good job.”
Coaches want to see how rookies respond to NFL game action. Instead of shrinking under the lights, Mellette has stood out.
“I like when more people are watching,” said Mellette, who played before smaller crowds at Elon. “When I’m on the field between the lines, the only thing I’m thinking about is the play ahead. I’m not really paying attention to the stands, just trying to find my mom more than anything.”
The next two weeks will be critical in Mellette’s bid to make the team. However, if he keeps finding the end zone, Mellette could find his way onto the 53-man roster.
MORNING THOUGHT: “No Super Bowls are won in preseason, but you have lost some. We have not achieved anything yet. The first game is to be played in September, not in August. We all understand that we’ve got to continue to come out here and work.” - Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.
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