Following in the footsteps of perhaps the greatest wide receiver of all-time isn’t an easy task, but it’s especially difficult when your name is the same as that of Jerry Rice.
However, it appears the NFL career of the younger Rice is going to take a bit longer to get going, as the National Football Post is reporting that Jerry Rice Jr. tore a labrum in one of his shoulders and will miss the 2014 season because of it.
Rice’s path to the NFL has been a long and winding one. He started as a walk-on at UCLA before transferring to UNLV. In his one year of play at UNLV, Rice Jr. had 10 receptions for 73 yards and no touchdowns. Those numbers were career highs.
He went undrafted out of UNLV and had tryouts with both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Redskins in June.
It is likely that he will be put on injured reserve and start the process of trying to make an NFL opening day roster next season. However, the Redskins have not made a final decision on how to proceed with Rice’s situation on the roster.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden is looking to overhaul the wide receiver group, with DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts key pieces to the puzzle.