Mizzell extends dream of a run
Undrafted rookie running back making case to stick on regular-season roster
In a span of four weeks, Ravens rookie running back Taquan Mizzell has lived out his dreams.
He ran out of the tunnel in an NFL stadium before a game. He scored a touchdown against an NFL opponent. And he got to share a field with the Buffalo Bills’ LeSean McCoy, after whom he modeled his own game.
But those moments will pale in comparison to the joy the 23-year-old Mizzell will experience if he makes the Ravens’ 53-man active roster as an undrafted free agent. That determination will not be made until Saturday — two days after the preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints — and Mizzell is not exactly sure where he stands with the team’s decision makers.
“I think I’ve made the best of my opportunities,” he said after Monday’s practice. “Whatever they gave to me, I feel like I did all I could. So I feel comfortable about that, but obviously, that’s not my decision. I feel like I’ve made the best of my opportunities, and hopefully that’s enough.”
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Mizzell perhaps has exceeded pre-training camp expectations. He leads the team in most rushing and receiving categories. His 31 carries for 103 yards are team highs, as are his nine catches for 81 yards.
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Taquan Mizzell has been one of the bright spots during the Ravens’ preseason. The undrafted rookie running back from Virginia leads the team with 31 carries for 103 yards and nine catches for 81 yards through the first three preseason games.