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Big-Bodied Anthony An Intriguing Prospect

The 6-foot-5 wide receiver has potential as a red zone threat but has work to do.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 10:55 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Ravens free agent rookie wide receiver Rodelin Anthony lined up against fellow rookie cornerback Prince Miller this week at camp.

Here’s the matchup. Anthony is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. Miller is 5-foot-8, 198 pounds.

See how Anthony is one of the Ravens’ more intriguing prospects?

Anthony saw many matchups like that throughout college and would likely see similar scenarios in the NFL, giving him a distinct leg-up – especially in the red zone. But first he has to make an NFL roster.

In order to do that, the Ravens’ tallest wideout has been focusing on bringing the rest of his skills up to the level of his height.

“I’m using my presence on the field,” Anthony said. “But I’m really trying to improve my routes and catching the ball.”

Partly because he was hampered by injuries, Anthony recorded just 69 catches for 1,002 yards during his four years at UNLV. But 12 of those catches were for touchdowns, including four in his senior year. Anthony said he was often targeted in the red zone, where he can snare jump balls in 1-on-1 situations.

Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron loves big wide receivers, but he’s already got backup wide receivers Justin Harper, Eron Riley and Chris Hannon, who are all 6-foot-3.

If Anthony’s going to take a move ahead of those players, he said he’s going to have to show better route-running and better hands.

“It’s just focus, concentration and seeing the ball in,” Anthony said. “And not leaning out of my route and coming to the ball instead of backing away from it. I’m working, that’s all I can do.”

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