Baltimore Ravens: Is Breshad Perriman doomed to be cut?
The Ravens are certainly making Breshad Perriman earn his 2018 roster spot, but is there anything he can truly do to save his career in Baltimore?
It wasn’t long ago that the Ravens spent a first round draft pick on former Central Florida product Breshad Perriman with the hopes that he would replace Torrey Smith on the roster and become a focal point of the team’s offense. And then not long after that he was injured and missed his entire rookie season with a PCL sprain.
Flash forward to 2018 and suddenly the former 26th overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft class seems to be on the outside looking in. The Ravens added three wide receivers via free agency in 2018 (John Brown, Michael Crabtree, and Willie Snead) and drafted two more in the 2018 NFL Draft in Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley. Before you knew it, Breshad Perriman was becoming completely obsolete in the Ravens offensive plans.
The 2018 preseason becomes a “do-or-die” situation for Perriman, but it feels like the writing has already been written on the wall for the fourth-year pro. What can Perriman realistically do to make this team? Seemingly nothing, except root for his teammates to fail.
Even if Perriman were to somehow make the final cut, he’s looking to be the team’s seventh wide receiver, behind the five we just named plus Chris Moore, who himself could be in for a breakout season. This doesn’t include running backs who can catch the football and the crazy tight end battle going on right next to Perriman.
There’s simply too many mouths to feed in Baltimore, and to be honest it seemed like a forgone conclusion that Perriman would no longer be a Raven following 2018 (at best) since the team declined his fifth-year option.
Fighting a losing battle:
The Ravens battle at the wide receiver position has never been this intense. The six we mentioned seem to be locks for the 53-man roster, short of something catastrophic. Brown and Snead were brought in to be deep-threats while Crabtree was signed to be the team’s no.1 guy. Scott and Lasley were fourth and fifth round picks, respectively, and should have good odds to make the team because of draft investment. Meanwhile, we shouldn’t forget about Moore, as he has the most experience of all the wide receivers in this offense.
As if all of this wasn’t bad enough for Perriman’s case, there’s plenty of undrafted players who will compete. Guys like Tim White and Quincy Adeboyejo made noise last preseason, and will likely be playing their hearts out in hopes of making the final 2018 53-man roster.
All hope seems to be lost, unfortunately, for Breshad Perriman to continue his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. A short-lived tenure with Baltimore, perhaps there is another place for Perriman in the league. As for his days in Charm City, they are undoubtedly numbered. At this point, it would take a couple of miracles for him to remain a Raven going into September.