OWINGS MILLS – Wide receiver Breshad Perriman is eager to make his Ravens debut Thursday night against the Saints, saying he is fine physically, and not thinking about his knees during practice.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been coy about his plans for preseason playing time, but Harbaugh said Monday that he hoped Perriman would play.
After more than a year of dealing with knee injuries, Perriman is understandably pumped to see action.
“Very exciting,” said Perriman, after doing extra work after practice Tuesday. “I’ve been waiting for a long time. It’s finally coming.
“It’s up the coaches. I’m ready to go.”
Perriman was the Ravens first-round pick in 2015 (25th overall), but missed his entire rookie season with a partially-torn PCL in his right knee. Then Perriman suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee in May, which kept him out of action until Aug. 18, when he was activated off the PUP list.
Perriman’s combination of size (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) and sprinter’s speed could make the Ravens a different-looking offensive team if he can stay healthy. In his final college season at Central Florida, Perriman averaged 20.9 yards per catch, had 1,044 yards receiving, and had nine touchdown catches.
The immediate plan is for Perriman to finally take the field Thursday, shed some rust, take a few hits, and gain more confidence heading into Week 1. Returning to practice has already given Perriman a better feel for working with starting quarterback Joe Flacco.
“Me and Joe getting the chemistry back,” Perriman said. “It’s real good.”
Perriman hopes his serious injuries are a thing of the past. And why he hasn’t been able to play, Perriman setbacks have made him a stronger person.
“When you go through all the stuff that I’ve been through, this year, and last year, it definitely makes you stronger mentally,” said Perriman. “You just can’t let things break you.”
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