Breshad Perriman’s short career has come under much scrutiny by fans of the Baltimore Ravens. He’s been criticized for his redshirt rookie season, his knee injuries, and not becoming Joe Flacco’s no. 1 target.
The fact is, for the amount of time Perriman has been on the field, he’s played above reasonable expectations.
In Perriman’s first training camp practice after being the 26th-overall pick in the 2015 draft, he partially tore his PCL and ended up sitting out his entire rookie season. Expectations should be tempered for any receiver who spends his first NFL season in rehab rather than on the field.
After his freak-injury, Perriman felt ready to finally contribute for the Ravens leading up to the 2016 season. Then, another injury occurred. He partially tore his ACL, and many believed this season would play out the same as 2015. But, it didn’t.
Perriman finally made his NFL debut against the New Orleans Saints in Baltimore’s 4th preseason game. Baltimore’s 1st-round receiver went on to play all 16 regular season games, contrary to popular belief post-injury.
He finished the season with 33 receptions, 499 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Not too bad for a receiver with no NFL experience aside from a preseason game where 3rd-stringers play for their jobs.
Yet, he is still criticized for not being a game-breaker this early into his career.
Can Perriman become a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver for Flacco’s offense?
Doubters will point to his potential game-winning drop against the Washington Redskins, and his lack of consistency from game-to-game. Many of his mistakes can be attributed to his lack of NFL experience, and none are unsolvable problems.
We may have our answer as early as the 2017 season. Steve Smith Sr. retired and Kamar Aiken could seek employment elsewhere. Two of Baltimore’s top four wide receivers could be gone next year, leaving Perriman a wide-open role as a starter.
Yes, Baltimore could draft a WR with their 16th-pick in the upcoming draft. They could also sign someone like Alshon Jeffery in the offseason to take over as Flacco’s top threat.
Or, there is a possibility they roll the dice on Perriman taking a huge step in development. Barring another injury set-back, he will have a full offseason to prepare with Flacco and OC Marty Mornhinweg.
As referred to earlier, Perriman muffed a game-winner against Washington because he could not keep his feet in bounds. It was his first NFL play in that type of situation. That type of mistake can be fixed, and receivers develop better footwork as their careers move forward.
Often, Perriman was nowhere to be found in the stat column during games (0 receptions @Dallas, 1 reception @New York). With Smith Sr. and possibly Aiken gone, Perriman’s presence in games will become more prominent. And hopefully, after learning under Smith Sr.’s wing for two years on and off the field, he can translate that to success on the field.
Perriman will have the opportunity to become the No. 1 receiver Baltimore needs him to be, but only time will tell if he has what it takes.
What are your thoughts on the wide receivers’ future with Baltimore?
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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