It’s finally time for wide receiver Breshad Perriman to make his Baltimore Ravens debut.
The 2015 first-round pick will hit the field for the first time as a member of the Ravens Thursday night in their preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.
Perriman was activated off of the physically unable to perform list Aug. 22 after fully recovering from offseason knee surgery. He missed his entire rookie season with a knee ailment.
The Ravens drafted Perriman 26th overall with the hope he could develop into the transcendent playmaker on the outside that the team has sorely lacked for years. Perriman caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns during his final season at UCF, putting himself on the map as a dynamic weapon.
Baltimore’s receiving depth chart is in dire straits. Veteran Steve Smith returned to the team after his farewell season was ended prematurely by an Achilles injury, but it’s uncertain how much Smith realistically has left in the tank. Kamar Aiken stepped in nicely last season, hauling in a team-high 75 receptions, but it’s uncertain whether Aiken has legitimate talent or was a benefactor of a high volume of targets. The Ravens also signed speedster Mike Wallace during the offseason, but Wallace serves as merely a downfield threat at this stage in his career.
His unofficial rookie season may have some growing pains, but fans will finally get a glimpse at what Perriman can do Thursday night.