The San Francisco 49ers host their annual rookie minicamp this weekend, and it will include a particularly notable name. All the draft picks and UDFA signings will be on hand, but Jerry Rice Jr. will be on hand for the minicamp.
Working for the next opportunity... Appreciate the ravens for getting my feet wet... Now preparing for #49ers this weekend.. Leggo!— Jerry Rice Jr. (@JRtherealgoatJR) May 19, 2014
Jr. Rice (do we call him Jr. GOAT yet?) went undrafted after finishing his college career at UNLV. Rice originally enrolled at UCLA, and due to an NCAA rule about graduating with eligibility remaining, was able to transfer to UNLV for one more year while he started work on his masters degree. Rice recently took part in the Baltimore Ravens rookie minicamp. John Harbaugh had some comments about him following the workout:
"Jerry Rice Jr. has done a nice job," Harbaugh said. "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's 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."
The 49ers currently have a full 90-man roster, but teams can bring in try-out candidates for rookie minicamp. The 49ers have brought in a host of players before, and will likely have other try-out candidates on hand. The try-out candidates often end up being players with some local connection. Rice is a long-shot to even get an invite to training camp, but it's still cool to bring in the son of the 49ers legend for at least an opportunity.