To prove oneself in the manner that Terrence Magee believed he did in training camp, then sit in roster limbo, is difficult for a young player.
But after nearly three days, the undrafted rookie running back from LSU was re-signed by the Ravens Tuesday and he has jump-started preparations for his possible NFL debut Sunday.
“I was kind of up in the air,” Magee said. “I was confident I would end up somewhere, but to be honest, I didn’t want to be anywhere but here. I didn’t want to have to go somewhere and re-prove myself again, learn a new offense. I felt comfortable here.
“But while I was in limbo for that day, I had tremendous support from my family and my community, everybody texting me and telling me they were praying for me,” Magee said. “It felt good to know I had the support of my family and my hometown.”
The Covington, La., native was sent on his way Saturday with the message that the Ravens would sign him to the practice squad if he cleared waivers, but the team filled its 10-man practice squad without him. It was only when they decided to put defensive end Brent Urban (biceps) on injured reserve-designated to return on Tuesday that there was a spot on the active roster for Magee.
He’s trying to carry into the regular season the last-minute urgency needed at the end of training camp for a player on the roster bubble.
“You have to have that, because if you don’t have that sense of urgency, you’d never make it to this point in the process,” Magee said. “I’m glad I was well-prepared and worked my behind off in training camp to put myself in a position to be here Week 1.”
He’s in the mix to be the third running back behind starter Justin Forsett and rookie Buck Allen, and has also been one of several players to get reps as a kick returner this preseason.
“I really don’t know [my role], but I’ve always been the type of guy that whatever the coach asks me to do, I’m willing to do, no matter what it is,” Magee said.