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Ravens not signing Jerry Rice Jr. after tryout

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.

Rice Jr. plans to try out for the San Francisco 49ers at their minicamp.

"Working for the next opportunity," Rice Jr. wrote on Twitter. "Appreciate the ravens for getting my feet wet... Now preparing for #49ers this weekend.. Leggo!"

Rice Jr., the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, went undrafted out of UNLV, where he had transferred for his final year of eligibility after walking on at UCLA and earning a scholarship.

Rice Jr. caught 11 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown last season for the Rebels.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Rice Jr. following his tryout.

"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."

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