Months after Matt Furstenburg signed with the Ravens, it's coming down to the wire for the former Maryland tight end.

The undrafted rookie is making a strong bid for either a roster spot on the 53-man active roster or a practice squad position as he competes with veteran tight end Billy Bajema.

Tonight's preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams shapes up as a pivotal final audition for Furstenburg and Bajema as they try to make the team as a third tight end behind starter Ed Dickson and backup Dallas Clark. 

"I'm on the bubble, not sure if I'm going to be on 53 or practice squad," Furstenburg said. "If I play good, that's all I can do. It's out of my control. I just hope after this game I play good and they make a hard decision on me."

Furstenburg has caught four passes for 54 yards.

Furstenburg ran the fastest 40-yard dash among tight ends at the NFL scouting combine with a 4.62 clocking.  

Furstenburg caught 16 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns as a senior for the Terps, finishing his career with 60 career receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns.

"It's gone good this whole camp," said Furstenburg, who's signed to a three-year non-guaranteed $1.495 million contract that included a $10,000 signing bonus. "I'm trying to learn every day and get better."

Bajema has one reception for 18 yards this preseason.

Bajema is a strong blocker who was re-signed this spring when the Ravens cut Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach before later re-signing him.

He knows the importance of this game.

"You want to finish strong and make a place for yourself," Bajema said. "It's a big game for a lot of guys. It's one more chance to get on film and show what you can do and leave your mark a little bit. I'm just trying to do anything I can to help the team win.

"I'm trying to be physical and trying to be dominant in the run game and pass protection. If I have a chance to make a play in the passing game, I want to do that, too, and make a good impression."

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