The Baltimore Ravens have officially moved on from 2015 first round pick Breshad Perriman. This comes after an extremely disappointing three seasons in which the former UCF Knight was either injured or ineffective when on the field:
Ravens waived former first-round pick Breshad Perriman, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018
This marks the end of a bizarre, and at times, sad three years for the speed demon who possessed all the physical traits to be a quality NFL receiver. Unfortunately, hands and good route running trump athletic potential, and Perriman had much more of the latter than the former.
Despite a somewhat promising first season in 2016 (Perriman missed his rookie year to a knee injury), Perriman fell completely off the wagon last season as the third guy behind Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace. A decent showing this preseason simply was not enough to salvage his tenure in Baltimore, and now the embattled fourth-year man will be looking for work.
It will be interesting to see if he finds another opportunity. While he is obviously intriguing from a talent standpoint, it seemed the only thing he caught last season was a bad case of the yips. Some teams may be willing to take a flyer on him if he can regain some of the confidence he seemed to muster in his sophomore season when he was a legitimate third receiver.
Unfortunately, with Baltimore squarely in ‘win now mode’ (and with John Harbaugh’s job security in question), they just do not have the luxury of continuing to invest into a project player. Hopefully for Perriman, he can develop his game somewhere else in the league.