Breshad Perriman, the Ravens' first round pick last year, generated a lot of buzz with his speed and playmaking abilities. With the UCF speedster being the team's highest-selected receiver since Mark Clayton in 2005, expectations were high, especially when you consider that he was the highest-touted rookie to be drafted to support quarterback Joe Flacco.
But fans weren't able to see what they wanted out of Perriman. In fact, they didn't see anything from Baltimore's prized rookie. Perriman was out of commission from the get-go, spraining his PCL on the very first day of training camp in late June. Fans didn't hear anything about Perriman until he returned to practice on September 24th and able to run, albeit not at full speed. A few days later during warmups before Baltimore's Week 3 clash with Cincinnati, Perriman limped off the field after feeling pain when reaching for a pass. Perriman suffered no further damage from this, per knee specialist Dr. James Andrews, but a simple scope procedure set Perriman's return back even further. After being placed on the Injured Reserve in mid-November, Perriman hasn't been seen or heard on the practice field since.
Until now, that is.
WR Breshad Perriman is running again, but not full speed yet, Coach Harbaugh said. Team has been getting very good medical reports on him.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 5, 2016
The effects of what John Harbaugh called "probably one of the all-time slowest healing strained PCLs ever" are obviously still lingering for Perriman, who still isn't able to run full speed, even almost a year after the initial injury.
A lot of Ravens' fans are discontented with Perriman's status, and justifiably so. The team has been incredibly vague on the receiver's progress, showing a lack of transparency when it is needed the most. At the least, it's encouraging that the team notes that the medical reports of Perriman have been "very good." But it's all noise until players report to camp.