Jaleel Scott Pushing Hard For The 53
Jaleel Scott flashed in training camp as a rookie before a hamstring injury derailed his season.
Scott, a fourth-round pick from New Mexico State, was eventually placed on injured reserve and never appeared in a regular-season game.
He worked hard throughout the offseason, earning praises from his coaches.
Nonetheless, Scott is still in a battle to make the final roster. Coach John Harbaugh has not decided whether the team will carry five or six receivers.
Scott is not worried about the numbers. He knows if he continues to perform, the Ravens will have a spot for him.
“I just want to stack my days," Scott said. "Each and every day, control what I can control and let God take care of the rest. That’s how I look at it.”
Scott has made some highlight reel receptions throughout training camp. His size -- 6-foot-5, 210 pounds -- also creates matchup problems.
He has clearly made a big leap from being a rookie to year two in the NFL.
“Confidence," Scott said when asked what was clicking for him during this year's training camp. "Everything that you do, you need to have confidence and know that you’re going to get the job done. So, I feel like my confidence went up, and my preparation in the offseason, my training and the things that I knew I needed to work on, I attacked it this offseason.”
In two seasons at New Mexico State, Scott has 99 receptions for 1,362 yards (13.8 avg.) and 14 touchdowns over 25 games. He finished 23rd in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Sun Belt Conference by registering 1,079 receiving yards in 2017. His 9 receiving touchdowns in 2017 ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference and 25th in the country.
That performance earned him an opportunity with the Ravens.
The injury last season slowed down his career, but he is ready to make up for lost time.
“It was a humbling experience, having football taken away from me," Scott said. "Being on IR, I can’t be out here on the practice field, but I did get to stay in the meetings and watch a lot of film and study a lot, so that’s what it was. It kind of hurt, but look where I am now, trying to make the 53.”
With a limited number of roster spots available, Scott might have to also shine on special teams. Scott is also working hard everyday to make an impact with that unit.
"The biggest challenge is just the experience, when you don’t have much experience, and you go out there and you want to excel. You want to excel so much, but it comes with experience," he said. "So, the more games that you play in, the better you get.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been impressed with his overall play, which could go a long way with making the team.
"He’s playing really fast. If you look at the tracking and all of that, the guy is running really fast," Harbaugh said. "He’s running good routes, and he’s making plays – catch-and-run plays, go-up-and-get-the-ball plays. The next step that I’ve talked to him about is, ‘Let’s take that offensive play-making to special teams this week, too.’ He never played special teams in college, and he wasn’t with us last year. So, that’s another thing we want to see him grow at. He’s done a good job with that.”