It isn’t uncommon for teams to give the children of their formers greats a chance to at least compete for a roster spot. In the 49ers case, it’s Jerry Rice’s son Jerry Rice Jr. Rice Jr was first given an opportunity by the Ravens but didn’t make the cut. However, Ravens coach John Harbaugh had nothing but positive things to say of him.
“First of all, he’s a really good athlete,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told CSNBaltimore.com. “He doesn’t have his dad’s size, but he sure got his athleticism. When you watch him run, he runs in a really similar way. The other thing is, 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, the crossing routes what to do. Very good hands, very good athlete. He did a real nice job.”
It’s very hard for children of greats to simply pick up where their parents left off and continue the greatness. While Rice Jr may not even be on his father’s level, maybe he will be worth something to the 49ers organization in the end.
[h/t NBC Sports]