A long time coming for Breshad Perriman comes to a great beginning after his first game. The last time Perriman played on a football field suited up was the 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Perriman's University of Central Florida Knights. That was December 26th, 2014. Fast forward 20 months later and Perriman finally laced up his cleats to play his first game as a member of the NFL.
We heard throughout the last two OTA's, mini-camps, and training camps about Perriman's potential and Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints was Perriman's first test to prove it. You just knew that the first play of the Ravens 23-14 win would go to Perriman to get the nerves and the butterflies out of the way early. Sure enough it did. From the Ravens 17 yard line, backup quarterback Ryan Mallet threw right in Perriman's alley and the pass was completed for a 9 yard gain as Perriman pointed to the sky after catching his first NFL reception.
On the very next play, Mallet looked Perriman's way again and the 2015 1st round pick nabbed it for 16 yards. Two plays and two catches right off the bat. Perriman was targeted 4 times with 2 catches for a total of 25 yards. Most importantly, Perriman came out unscathed and healthy.
All in all, it was a good showing for a man who has been through so much over the past year. You came out of this game so happy for the guy because he finally can just play football.
Breshad Perriman and the Ravens will now gear up for September 11th, and the start of the 2016 season.
Lets get this party started!