Second-year wideout Breshad Perriman is off of the physically unable to perform list and is targeting Week 1 to finally make his NFL debut for the Baltimore Ravens.
As rookie campaigns go, Perriman’s wasn’t necessarily the worst. The problem was it was non-existent. Knee injuries kept him off the field all year, and for much of this offseason as well.
Now that Perriman is back at practice and working his way back into playing shape, the 2015 first-round draft pick senses his comeback is nearing completion. According to Jamison Hensley for ESPN.com, the UCF product is confident he will be in uniform and on the field when the Ravens kick off their regular season.
“I have no doubt in my mind that I won’t be ready,” he said. “I’m attacking it right now like I will be ready.”
As is always the case this time of year, one needs to take those comments with a grain of salt. While his health remains a concern, one has to wonder how much of a contribution Perriman will be prepared to make right away given all the time he’s missed.
At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds with sub-4.3 speed, Perriman’s physical abilities have never been in question. He was considered a raw prospect coming out college however, so it will be interesting to see how much he’s learned in a year when he often hasn’t been able to take the field.
That being said, if Perriman is healthy and understands the offense, he could provide a huge boost to the Ravens offense. With Steve Smith also returning at wideout, quarterback Joe Flacco must be salivating at the opportunities to take the top off of defenses.