Preseason Profile: Damien Berry

Rob Carr

Damien Berry had an opportunity to run the football on Thursday night. He might be one to watch for this preseason.

The Ravens were very impressive at times on Thursday night. They made some mistakes on both sides of the ball, but overall had a pretty decent night. It is hard to tell anything when players are only playing a limited amount of time. Someone who caught my eye as a decent player was Damien Berry. Berry did most of his work against and with the second team, but was very effective, in my opinion.

Damien Berry had modest rushing numbers with 9 carries for 31 yards (3.4 per carry), but overall ran very hard and held onto the ball. He also had a touchdown taken away when Anthony Allen scored late in the first half. Berry did a lot of the heavy lifting on that drive.

Damien Berry signed with the Ravens in July 2011 as a rookie free agent. He played his college football at the University of Miami. In his senior season, he was second team all-ACC and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards. Berry had some injury problems in college, but ended up with a decent career. He also had four consecutive games of 100 yards rushing. This eclipsed streaks of three by Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Frank Gore.

In my opinion, Berry has a real chance to make the team. He will be competing with Anthony Allen and others for the last running back spot. Berry played special teams in college and that is somewhere the Ravens might need him. He is certainly going to get an opportunity in training camp and the preseason. If he continues to run hard and hold onto the ball, I think he might get a jersey going into the Denver game. Allen had similar numbers, but Berry’s running style and aggression really caught my eye. One game is obviously a small sample size, but if the Ravens decide to keep a third running back (which they should), then Berry could be a good choice.

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