Former Terps TE Matt Furstenburg soaking in NFL experience with Baltimore Ravens


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With his NFL future secure for now, former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg is finally able to reflect upon a dizzying several weeks. First there was the initial disappointment of not being picked in the NFL draft, despite predictions – from analysts and teams themselves – that someone would nab him on the third day. Then there was the search, an all-points-bulletin affair in which Furstenburg could actually choose his destination. After scouring depth charts, he stayed local, signing as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens.

“Ended up with a good organization and a good situation for the tight ends for me to make the team,” Furstenburg said Thursday by telephone.

Furstenburg called from his house in Flemington, N.J., enjoying a brief respite between activities. He finished rookie minicamp last Sunday and reports back to Baltimore on Monday for weightlifting and what he called “football school.”

Furstenburg was a consensus preseason all-ACC selection as a senior, but Maryland’s never-ending parade of quarterback injuries limited his production. He said he had a solid minicamp, which was similar in structure to preseason camp at Maryland. The Ravens used two-a-days to work on fundamentals and handed out playbooks on iPads, rather than hard copies.

“In college, I had my own iPad. I got the software to put film on it, so it wasn’t brand new,” Furstenburg said.

So now he owns two iPads? What a swanky, luxurious life he leads.

“I’ll gladly give the second iPad up to be on the team,” he said with a laugh.

Before leaving minicamp, where he roomed in a hotel with fellow undrafted free agent Murphy Holloway (Ole Miss), Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman told Furstenburg that the team was inviting him back. They dissected practice footage, correcting fundamentals and reviewing landmarks for routes. Furstenburg’s strength lies in blocking, but he finished minicamp with a nice touchdown reception over the middle, and said he successfully completed a hot read.

“I wasn’t cut, so that’s a good sign,” Furstenburg said. “That’s the best feedback you can have.”

Holloway was waived alongside four others following minicamp, which means the Ravens have just three tight ends on their roster. Both Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta are four-year veterans.

Once Furstenburg reports back, he’ll participate in organized team activities over the next several weeks, Monday through Friday like a regular job, albeit with far less certainty.

“It’s weird, because there’s the instability, you don’t know if you’re going to be there,” Furstenburg said. “They could cut you at any time, not knowing where you’re going to end up. Just trying my best.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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