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Breshad Perriman’s Fate

What’s the likeliest outcome?

August 29, 2018 - 12:56 pm

By Austin Medina  

It was just three years ago when the Ravens, desperate for skill player upgrades, drafted a wide receiver from Central Florida in the first round. With the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Breshad Perriman became a Raven.

A talent who bursted onto the scene at UCF, grabbing over caught 16 touchdowns and over 2,220 yards. There was no doubt that Perriman had the skillset and potential, running a 4.29 at his Pro Day.

After being drafted and handed $8.7 million over a four year span, Perriman’s career has been everything but positive. His short pro career has been filled with injuries and dropped catches. In his first season, he was placed on season ending IR.

His second season showed some promise, as he secured 33 catches for nearly 500 yards and three touchdowns. Still, these numbers were underachieving of a first-round draft pick.

In 2017, Perriman had another forgetful year. He played in 11 games, though started just three. He caught an abysmal 10 balls for just 77 yards, in a year where he had five drops in the process.

The problem with Perriman is the difficulty for quarterbacks to trust him. His route running has been suspect since drafted and his production has been disappointing. He surely got the opportunity over his first three seasons, being targeted more than 100 times in 27 games. 

This offseason, Baltimore added three receivers in free agency along with fourth-round pick Jaleel Scott and fifth-round pick Jordan Lasley. Undrafted receiver Janarion Grant has also impressed, closing the window on Perriman’s time in Baltimore.

The Ravens declined his fifth-year option in May and his probability of remaining on the team has minimized. Even with Scott being placed on the IR, Perriman’s inability to play special teams decreases his chances even worse.

With all this said, Perriman is just 24 years old. Cutting a former first-round pick is hard for a franchise to swallow. As a fan, the issue is bittersweet. His frustrating play and lack of production make it easy for many to say “Cut him”. On the flipside, the Ravens have added sure fire competition. Who’s to say Perriman won’t get better with increased talent at the position?

So far this preseason, Perriman has been the leader in receiving yards and tied for most catches. Then again a first-round pick doing well, in the preseaon four years later, needs to be contextualized. 

Aside from Michael Crabtree, I feel the Ravens are lacking a big-framed target at receiver. Perriman (6'3) is the tallest receiver on the team. Perhaps Baltimore prefers Lasley, who was drafted this year out of UCLA.

The Ravens have until September 1st to make their cuts and get the roster down to 53-men. With alot of unknowns, there is room for specualtion on who stays and who goes. 

Prediction: Ravens Cut Perriman in Favor of Lasley and Grant.