Perriman looks to bounce back after finishing with zero targets
Breshad Perriman can’t remember the last time he finished a game with zero targets, as he did in the Ravens’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. But it’s not something the second-year wide receiver is stressing over.
“It is what it is,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “Unfortunately, stuff like that happens when you go through games where you may have one, two or even zero catches. You just play the cards you’re dealt. That’s basically it.”
Perriman’s quiet performance marked his first game with zero catches as a healthy and participating wide receiver through his three-year career at Central Florida and the first nine games of this season. It was additionally surprising considering he caught three passes for 64 yards and his first NFL touchdown in a victory over the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 10.
Perriman credited the Cowboys defense for covering him and forcing quarterback Joe Flacco to look elsewhere.
“I just think the routes that I was running, they played perfect coverage,” Perriman said. “It’s not like they were singling me out to take me out of the game. They had the perfect coverage for every route that I ran.” J. Smith remains sidelined: Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed hope Wednesday that top cornerback Jimmy Smith would be on the practice field during the team’s Thanksgiving Day workout. However, Smith remained sidelined Thursday with a back injury, putting his status for Sunday’s AFC North matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals into further doubt.
Smith also missed Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys after practicing just once during the week.
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) and offensive lineman Alex Lewis (ankle) also didn’t practice. Center Jeremy Zuttah and linebacker Terrell Suggs were given the day off. Tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.
After not practicing Wednesday, starting guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and nose tackle Brandon Williams (back/ hand) returned to action Thursday. Yanda and Williams, along with linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot), were full participants in Thursday’s workout. Tucker stands alone: The Ravens’ Justin Tucker is the only kicker to make every field goal he has attempted this season after the Indianapolis Colts’ Adam Vinatieri pushed a 42-yard try wide right in the second quarter of a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
“It doesn’t feel any different from last week or the week before or how next week will feel,” Tucker said. “For me, it’s just about taking it one kick at a time and not worrying about anything else.”
Tucker is 23-for-23 on field goals this season and carries a streak of 30 consecutive field goals made — the longest active streak in the NFL — into Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Dixon feeling good: Running back Kenneth Dixon’s increased role on offense has coincided with the rookie working himself into better shape and gaining more confidence in his knee. The fourth-round pick missed the first four games of the season with a partially torn MCL in his left knee.
When he returned, he looked a little tentative and had just six carries for 10 yards and three receptions for six yards over his first three games. In three games since, Dixon has 21 carries for 91 yards and seven receptions for 42 yards.
“I feel really good,” he said Wednesday. “I got in and got rehab and kind of slimmed up a little bit and got to running on my knee, and got a lot of confidence back in it.”
“You just play the cards you’re dealt. That’s basically it,” wide receiver Breshad Perriman said.