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Undrafted Ravens Rookie WR Tim White Is a Human Highlight Reel

Posted Aug 2, 2017

The Ravens undrafted wide receiver/returner is off to a good start at training camp, and wowed fans with some flashy plays and acrobatics at the M&T Bank Stadium open practice. He's been doing flips since he was just 4 years old and was an Olympic-level triple jumper.

It’s unclear if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had this in mind when he changed the rules regarding on-field celebrations.

Ravens undrafted rookie wide receiver/returner Tim White caught a touchdown during one-on-one drills in Sunday’s open M&T Bank Stadium practice, turned around and did a standing backflip for the fans.

So is that a typical thing for him?

“I’ve been doing flips my whole life,” White said. “My brother made me do it when I was 4 years old. He would say, ‘If you don’t do a backflip, I’ll beat you up.’ So I got really good at it.”

White said he nailed the first backflip his brother ever demanded – off the edge of a bed. He then started doing them off walls, then flat-footed.

White wasn’t done making highlights. Later in Sunday’s practice, he caught a ball in the open field and twisted up veteran cornerback Brandon Boykin so badly that he fell over. White then leapt over Boykin as he got off the turf.

White has always been a phenomenal athlete. He was a star triple jumper at Arizona State and competed in the Olympic Track and Field Trials last summer. He came up just short of qualifying.

The 5-foot-10, 181-pound prospect was a dynamic returner and receiver in college. In two years as a Sun Devil, he compiled 3,381 all-purpose yards. He had a team-high 713 receiving yards as a senior and set the Arizona State record for kick return yardage as a junior.

Now White is putting his athleticism on display at Ravens training camp.

“He has done a good job in camp,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “Today, I thought he had a really good day. He really lit it up a little bit, didn’t he? To see a guy jump out like that in this kind of environment was pretty eye-opening.”

White said he feels comfortable as a returner and within the offense so far.

“I think they’re going really well. I’m just trying to keep a positive mindset and a mindset where there’s growth every single day,” he said.

“When I’m out there, I’m practicing everything. I’m just trying to put myself in game-like positions. I’ve leaped over people in a game, so I’m not scared of that. Never triple jumped, but I’ve leapt directly over people.”

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