For undrafted Ravens rookie tight end Matt Furstenburg, it's been a relatively quick adjustment to the NFL
Through a few training camp practices, the former University of Maryland starter has made a sound impression by flashing across the middle to make himself a target and caught the football cleanly.
"Yeah, pretty excited," Furstenburg said. "I made some plays. I'm trying to build on every day on what the coaches say and come back better the next practice."
Furstenburg identified a prime opportunity with the Ravens after going undrafted, choosing them over the Carolina Panthers after receiving a call from coach John Harbaugh.
Furstenburg is competing with several other players for a roster spot. That includes veteran Billy Bajema. The Ravens also are considering signing former Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who watched practice Friday with general manager Ozzie Newsome.
Now Furstenburg, a 6-foot-3, 244-pound New Jersey native who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, is intent on quickly learning the playbook so he can compete for a roster spot.
He's been learning a lot from veterans Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson.
"You've got to be consistent, blocking, catching," said Furstenburg, who caught 16 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns as a senior to finish his Terps career with 60 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns. "The first thing is your assignment. They've taught me a lot about some new things adjusting to the NFL."
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