Expectations for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman present an interesting case study. The optimistic, purple tinted glasses will predict a breakout, pro bowl season. The more realistic fans will predict a Torrey Smith's rookie season output. The latter is probably the wiser take.
Breshad Perriman is found in an awkward situation as a rookie in the sense that he has not yet played, but a second year player in the sense that he has been able to learn the plays and the verbiage of the Raven's offense for now two years.
A player with his size, speed and wide receiver traits is bound to garner high expectations. His pre draft size-speed comparisons ranged from Demaryius Thomas and Sidney Rice to Josh Gordon.
Demaryius Thomas posted a stat line of 22 catches for 283 yards, granted while playing with a revolving door composed of Brady Quinn and Kyle Orton. Rice posted a stat line of 31 catches for almost 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. Josh Gordon posted a stat line of 50 catches for 805 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Perriman can be expected to match Gordon. With a year of studying under his belt, it would not be out of the realm to expect so. Perriman also posses an advantage on all three receivers mentioned above: Joe Flacco. Big things are on the horizon.