FLIRT­ING WITH DISAS­TER

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Jeff Zre­biec

Bre­shad Per­ri­man doesn’t play spe­cial teams, but on Wed­nes­day — and at the start of pretty much ev­ery prac­tice since the reg­u­lar sea­son be­gan — he’s on the field early with the Ravens who do. Per­ri­man and his po­si­tion coach, Bobby En­gram, find an empty swath of grass and run through a se­ries of routes. Af­ter prac­tice, Per­ri­man is with fel­low Ravens re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace at the JUGS ma­chine, catch­ing balls at dif­fer­ent speeds. TV: Line: Ra­dio:

Per­ri­man’s strug­gles since he was se­lected in the first round of the 2015 draft aren’t be­cause of a lack of ef­fort, his team­mates and coaches say. Clearly, his prob­lems are not a byprod­uct of him lack­ing de­sire ei­ther. The Ravens who know him best — and he doesn’t let a whole lot of peo­ple in — say he cares deeply, per­haps too much. An in­abil­ity to play through a knee in­jury in his rookie sea­son left Per­ri­man so dis­traught that he barely com­mu­ni­cated with team­mates and coaches.

He’s 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds, pro­to­typ­i­cal size for a re­ceiver, and he’s not too far re­moved from run­ning the 40-yard dash in 4.24 sec­onds. Yet, those traits haven’t trans­lated to suc­cess on the field. Per­ri­man, 24, has con­tin­u­ally been ren­dered a non­fac­tor on game days, fur­ther

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RAVENS GAMEDAY The Ravens were hop­ing for a break­out sea­son from third-year re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man, but he has been lim­ited to four re­cep­tions.

ULYSSES MUÑOZ/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

City de­fen­sive end Ma­lik Hamm strips the foot­ball from Poly run­ning back Daryl Brown, nearly scor­ing a touch­down in the fourth quar­ter.

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