Michael Campanaro ready to learn behind Steve Smith

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The rookie slot receiver will have some time to develop under a proven veteran.

Not much should be expected of former Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro in his first season with the franchise.

After all, he was a seventh-rounder and has Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown ahead of him on the depth chart. But Campanaro, projected to be a fifth-rounder before sliding on day three of the draft, does have a niche the Ravens could use.

The club has needed a slot receiver for some time, someone that can move the chains and be reliable in the underneath passing game. With Steve Smith joining the team as a short-term addition, he could serve as the perfect mentor for Campanaro.

It appears the River Hill graduate thinks the same thing.

"[When] I go out there and I'm with the receivers, Steve and I are definitely the smallest, shortest guys there," Campanaro told reporters at the Ravens' rookie minicamp this past weekend. "He is a Hall of Fame receiver. He's gotten it done for so many years. So, having a guy like that who I can learn from him and see the little things he does preparing with his game, it's going to help out a ton."

Campanaro should get plenty of time to adjust to the NFL with the players above him at the position. But he'll certainly find a chance to work his way onto the field if he proves he can handle it, even as a rookie.

"Right now, I'm just learning the playbook," Campanaro said. "We've got a Hall of Fame receiver in there in Steve Smith, so it's good just watching him and learning from a guy like that, and Torrey [Smith] and Jacoby [Jones]. So, right now I'm just learning the playbook. I think I could help out the team in any way - special teams and offense. I'm just going to keep working hard and see where I end up."


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