Jerry Rice, Jr. Gets Tryout With San Francisco 49ers

Posted: May 19 2014, 9:52pm CDT | by , Updated: May 20 2014, 2:01am CDT, in News | Latest Sports News

Jerry Rice, Jr. Gets Tryout with San Francisco 49ers
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Jerry Rice, Jr., the son of the great wide receiver, has earned a tryout with his father's former team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Jerry Rice, Jr., the son of the great wide receiver, has earned a tryout with his father's former team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Andrew Pentis of the 49ers' official website reveals head coach Jim Harbaugh was impressed with Rice, Jr.'s performance during the team's local pro day last month:

"Jerry Rice, Jr. is coming back to Santa Clara.

"The San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame wideout's son announced on his Twitter feed Monday morning that he would be joining the team's three-day minicamp this weekend.

"Rice, Jr. recorded 11 interceptions, including a touchdown, during his senior season at UNLV. He spent his first three collegiate campaigns at UCLA after being recruited to Stanford by Jim Harbaugh."

"The 49ers coach said he was impressed with the 5-foot-11, 185-pound pass catcher when he ran the 40-yard dash and participated in other on-field drills during San Francisco's local pro day on April 26.

"'I'm trying to get in the door, front door, side window, I'm trying to jump in there,' Rice, Jr. said that day, adding that he trains with his dad and that they share precise route-running and dependable hands. 'All I want is an opportunity, so that's what I'm working on right now.'"

The tweet from Rice, Jr. which Pentis was refering to reads: "Working for the next opportunity...Appreciate the ravens for getting my feet wet...Now preparing for #49ers this weekend..Leggo!"

The Baltimore Ravens also tried out Rice, Jr. but will not sign him to a contract, per The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. The good news is the Ravens put him on their emergency list and will consider him should they need more depth at wide receiver.

"The Ravens won't sign Jerry Rice, Jr. after the former UNLV wide receiver's minicamp tryout.

"Rice, Jr. wrote a text message Sunday to The Baltimore Sun saying that the Ravens told him they liked his hands, competitiveness and quickness and will have him on their emergency list of players to consider signing in case of injuries at the receiver position."

Wilson spoke with Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, who was impressed with Rice, Jr.

"Jerry Rice, Jr. has done a nice job. He's a really good athlete. He doesn't have his dad's size, but he sure got his athleticism. He runs in a real similar way. He' got that West Coast offense down. He's probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle.

"He knows all the rules of the crossing routes. He knows what to do, very good hands, real smooth athlete. He did a real nice job."

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maioco then weighs in on Rice, Jr.'s chances.

"Of course, Rice, Jr. is a long shot to be signed as an undrafted free agent -- let alone make an NFL roster. But he said he embraces being the son and namesake of one of the great players in NFL history.

"'It's something I've been born with,' Rice, Jr. said. 'I don't know any better. Your either burn yourself about it, or you take it as a challenge. Why not strive to be the greatest?'"

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