Breshad Perriman’s role becoming obsolete with new WR additions

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Breshad Perriman
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Breshad Perriman /

As the Baltimore Ravens revamp their wide receiver core, Breshad Perriman’s role is quickly becoming obsolete ahead of a new season.

After the passing attack provided diminishing returns last season, the Baltimore Ravens have wasted no time revamping the wide receiver core. Jeremy Maclin, Michael Campanaro, and Mike Wallace are out while Michael Crabtree and John Brown are in. Assuming the Saints don’t match Willie Snead‘s offer sheet, he’ll be the third free agent addition at the position.

It’s been a much-needed change for the depth chart this offseason but it’s left the fate of one receiver in question. The recent signings indicate that Breshad Perriman‘s role with the Ravens is likely diminishing or could come fully to an end this offseason.

After what looked like a promising 2016 season, the following year was anything but that for Perriman. He totaled just 77 yards on 10 receptions, quickly becoming a regular on the inactive list towards the end of the season. The former first-round pick showed flashes of potential but the pairing in Baltimore hasn’t been an easy ride for either side through three seasons.

As the current depth chart stands, Crabtree and Brown are slated to be the No. 1 and No. 2 targets. Snead’s potential addition makes three new receivers at the front of the depth chart. The Ravens are betting on these pass-catchers coming off less than ideal seasons but the money invested indicates they’ll see plenty of playing time. Add in Chris Moore, who’s coming off a promising season, and the depth chart is slowly filling up.

It would look something like this: 

1. Michael Crabtree

2. John Brown

3. Willie Snead

4. Chris Moore

5. Breshad Perriman

Of course, that doesn’t include other in-house options like Tim White, DeVier Posey, Quincy Adeboyejo along with potential draft picks.

Where does that leave a spot for Perriman? It doesn’t

It’s hard to see the Ravens keeping Perriman as the fourth or fifth option. That’s not to say he can’t succeed elsewhere but given his struggles, he needs increased targets and playing time to rebuild confidence. Baltimore just isn’t the ideal situation for that at the moment.

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It may be best for both sides to cut their losses and move on with a clean slate before the start of a new season.