Damien Berry confident he has a future in NFL

It may not be a stretch to assert that the odds of rookie running back Damien Berry making the Ravens’ 53-man roster are long.

But if there’s no room with the Ravens, Berry, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami, said he thinks he can play in the NFL.

“I’ve thought about it because this is a great team, and I would love to be here,” he said after Friday’s practice at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills. “At the end of the day, it’s a job. It’s something you’ve got to do, and if you can’t do it here, you can always go somewhere else to do it. The journey doesn’t just stop here.”

Berry registered his best performance of the preseason on Thursday night, carrying the ball eight times for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Ravens’ 21-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. That showing boosted Berry’s morale.

“It gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “After I played in the first game, I hurt my ankle a little bit, and I couldn’t play until the fourth game. I think that boosted a little bit of my status with the coaches and showed them that I am explosive and can do the goal-line stuff. It gives me a lot of confidence.”

Berry said his preference would be to remain with the Ravens. But he said he does not have any inside information on his standing with the coaching staff.

“I really don’t have any kind of inkling,” he said. “There’s just really no thought. It is what it is. I would love to be here. If it’s in God’s will for me to be here, I will be here. If not, I’m pretty sure that with 31 other teams, I’ll be somewhere.”


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