Mizzell ex­tends dream of a run

Un­drafted rookie run­ning back mak­ing case to stick on reg­u­lar-sea­son ros­ter

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

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.

Then again, there have been sev­eral Pre­sea­son fi­nale Thurs­day, 8 p.m. TV: Ch. 11 Ra­dio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM Coach John Har­baugh says quar­ter­back Joe Flacco and re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man are close to re­turn­ing to prac­tice PG 3

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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.

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