Ravens’ Breshad Perriman ‘most definitely’ expects to be ready for season opener
— One day after being activated from the physically unable to perform list, Breshad Perriman was back at practice.
The second-year wide receiver for the Ravens took part in the individual session of practice Tuesday. He wore full pads for the first time since Baltimore selected him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
“I was running routes – running routes, working on coming in and out of my breaks for the most part, doing some ball drills as well. I caught some balls from Joe [Flacco] a little bit. For the most part, that was it,” Perriman said. “It was real nice. I’m very happy and very excited to be back out there with my teammates.”
Perriman hadn’t been on the field since partially tearing his ACL on the last day of organized team activities. He had hurt the opposite knee on the first day of training camp the previous year, which kept him from playing his entire rookie season.
Perriman thought his season was
over before it began yet again. He finally caught a break when he was informed his injury would not require season-ending surgery.
“It was very scary. At the same time, I kept faith through the whole thing; tried to stay positive,” he said. “Once I got the good news, I was very excited. I just feel like that good mindset kind of paid off.”
Perriman was officially welcomed back Tuesday when veteran linebacker and master trash-talker Terrell Suggs took the practice field.
“Who’s the new guy?” Suggs shouted. “Can he play?”
Perriman didn’t play much as he is eased back into a full workload. The Ravens have not said whether they plan to play him in either of the team’s two remaining preseason games, but Perriman fully expects to play in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11.
“Most definitely. I don’t have any doubt in my mind that I [will] be ready. I’m attacking it right now like I will be ready, and I think I will,” Perriman said. “I feel like my hard work will pay off, and I have no doubts in my mind that I [will] be ready.”
Head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Perriman is running well, but still needs to get back into football shape. After returning to the field, Perriman said he hasn’t lost any of the speed that made him Baltimore’s coveted deep threat.
“Last year, it was a much longer rehab process,” he said. “I’m not saying I didn’t take it well last year. But just going through that made me have a clearer vision of how I had to attack it. I just went in every day with the mindset of trying to get better each day.”
The two injuries have kept Baltimore fans from catching a glimpse of Perriman. First-round picks are constantly scrutinized to begin with, but when they also appear to be injuryprone, the criticism becomes relentless. Perriman tries to block it out, but he can’t escape it all. It’s become fuel for him.
“I feel like it’s coming real soon,” he said. “I know it’ll be worth the wait, in my eyes. I’m very eager.”
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Wide receiver Breshad Perriman returned to practice Tuesday and expects to be ready for Baltimore’s season opener.