The Ravens have signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Joe Horn Jr., who participated in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. To make room for Horn on the 90-man roster, Baltimore waived linebacker Ejuan Price from Pittsburgh.
The 5-foot-10,185-pound Horn had 15 catches for 246 yards last season at Division II Missouri State, and impressed Head Coach John Harbaugh during minicamp. Horn is the son of four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn Sr., who starred with the New Orleans Saints and set their franchise record for touchdown catches with 50.
Harbaugh saw similarities between father and son.
“His son looks like him — quick, fast, really good hands, in and out of breaks,” Harbaugh said. “You can tell he’s worked with his dad a lot on technique. I just thought he looked excellent.” Horn Jr. already has a connection with the Ravens. He and right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. were teammates at Peachtree High School in Suwanee, Ga.
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Two of the Ravens’ first three draft picks were wide receivers – first-rounder Marquise “Hollywood” Brown from Oklahoma and third-rounder Miles Boykin from Notre Dame. There will be intense competition for playing time and roster spots at the position, but Horn has been given an opportunity to make more plays.
The Ravens also brought in Jerry Rice Jr. for a tryout in 2014, but ultimately didn’t sign him to the 90-man roster. Horn Jr. made it to the next step.
His father tweeted with pride about Horn signing with the Ravens.
This isn’t the first time the Ravens had the son of a former great wide receiver at rookie minicamp. Five years ago, Jerry Rice Jr. had a tryout with Baltimore but was ultimately not signed. To make room for Horn Jr., the Ravens released outside linebacker Ejuan Price.
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