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What will it take for WR Breshad Perriman to make the roster?

Perriman is still plagued by the “bust” label

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Breshad Perriman’s tenure with the Baltimore Ravens has been mired with drops and injuries. Perriman has never fully completed a training camp, and he has only played in one preseason game. Given his limited amount of snaps prior to the start of the regular season, he has never been able to develop a rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco. With Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown now on the roster, Perriman faces an uphill battle to make the cut. Furthermore, Baltimore seems to be enamored with Chris Moore’s potential after he started to show progress at the end of the 2017 season. Perriman is on his last chance since the team declined his fifth-year option, making him a free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

The Ravens double-dipped at wide receiver in this year’s draft, selecting Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley in rounds four and five. Perriman will mostly be competing with the two rookies for a roster spot, since late round selections are not a lock to make the team. Perriman will also have to contend with Tim White and Quincy Adeboyejo.

The Baltimore Sun’s Edward Lee previewed the Ravens wide receiver outlook, and he believes that Scott and Lasley will both have to prove they are good enough to make the active roster. Lee also feels Perriman must have a strong showing at camp. To have a chance, he will need to stay healthy throughout training camp and be available in the preseason. Perriman will also have to find some sort of chemistry with Flacco, but that outcome largely rests on how much Flacco trusts Perriman as a receiver. In the past, players such as Ed Dickson and Tandon Doss grew to not be trusted by Flacco (mostly due to their inability to catch the football), and Perriman has fallen into the same category.

The Ravens have four guaranteed roster spots at wide receiver for Crabtree, Snead, Brown and Moore. Baltimore could go with seven receivers, but the team typically only keeps six. Perriman has been known to have good practices, but the preseason will really be do-or-die for the former first round draft pick. If he can make big plays during those five games in August and reach the end zone on multiple occasions, it could force Baltimore to make some critical depth chart decisions and breathe new life into a player who has been labeled as one of Ozzie Newsome’s worst selections.