- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Jerry Rice Jr.'s uphill battle to make an NFL roster began this week with his tryout at the Baltimore Ravens' rookie minicamp, where he drew as much attention as the team's draft picks.
That's what happens when you're the son of arguably the best wide receiver in NFL history.
"It's something I've been born with. I don't know any better," Rice Jr. said after the Ravens wrapped up their two-day minicamp. "You can take one of two ways: You can burn yourself about it or take it as a challenge. So, I definitely take as a challenge. Why not try to be the greatest? You have one chance to do this, why not try to be your best?"
Rice made one memorable catch during Saturday's practice, but he didn't distinguish himself much from the 22 other players trying out for the Ravens. At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Rice is three inches shorter and 15 pounds lighter than his Pro Football Hall of Fame father.
The Ravens were impressed with how smooth he ran his routes and his knowledge of the game.
"He doesn't have his dad's size, but he sure got his athleticism," coach John Harbaugh said. "You watch him run, he runs in a real similar way. The other thing is he's got that West Coast offense down. He's probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle."
Rice caught only 11 passes, including one for a touchdown, for UNLV in 2013 -- his only season with the team. Before that, he had nine receptions as a walk-on at UCLA.
Harbaugh said the Ravens will make a decision Saturday or Sunday whether they're going to sign any of the tryout players to the roster. The Ravens don't have any room on their 90-man roster.
"It will be hard for too many of those guys to make it just because of the numbers," Harbaugh said.
Rice thought he did well in the Ravens' two-day minicamp.
"Regardless of how everything goes, because I know it's a business and everything like that, I enjoyed it and I think I did well," he said. "I'm proud of myself and I'm thankful of this opportunity."
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