Rookie Campanaro avoids awkward spot

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro knew something was wrong when a team official approached him during Monday's warmups.

The official wanted to know where Campanaro's father was sitting at practice because he had parked in Steve's spot.

"Steve who?" Campanaro asked.

"Steve Bisciotti," the team official responded, indicating it was a parking spot for the Ravens owner.

Campanaro's family was running late for practice and was in a rush to park in the crowded lot at the team facility. His father didn't see the "SB" in front of the spot that lets everyone know it's reserved for Bisciotti.

"I was like, I'm out here spinning my wheels," Campanaro said after Wednesday's practice. "They're going to be calling for my playbook when I get back into the locker room."

Even though Bisciotti wouldn't have really called for the rookie's release, the Ravens were able to get Campanaro's father to move his car before the owner arrived.

Campanaro's father saw the note about his parking mishap on ESPN.com and posted this on Twitter:

Campanaro, a seventh-round pick who grew up in nearby Columbia, Maryland, has gained the Ravens' attention beyond that embarrassing mishap.

His quickness and route-running has impressed the coaching staff and makes him a great fit to be a slot receiver. He made a leaping catching against starting safety Matt Elam in the end zone Wednesday.

"He's smart," offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said. "Michael can really run so it's not like he can't go outside and do the things we want to do. He's made some big strides the last few weeks in camp. He understands what we're doing now. He's gotten over the injury bug. He's making a big push."

Campanaro's biggest challenge has been staying healthy. He's had minor setbacks with a hamstring injury in offseason workouts and a rib injury in training camp. Now, he's in position to grab one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.

"I think I've had a strong camp," Campanaro said. "I've been receiving great feedback from the coaches and older guys on the team. It's encouraging to come out each day and getting better. From the first practice I had when I arrived to now, I feel like a much improved football player."