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Baltimore Ravens ‘ Breshad Perriman Avoids Injury Bug

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The Baltimore Ravens dodged a huge bullet this week. The team feared 2015 first round pick, Breshad Perriman would be lost for the season, with a partially torn ACL. However, it was revealed that Perriman suffered no structural damage.

This is the third time in 14 months, that Perriman injured his knee. The first day of training camp last July he suffered his first injury. Then during warmups against the Bengals in Week 3, he reinjured his PCL, and was lost for the season.

The organization expects the University of Central Florida standout to be available sometime during training camp. This is excellent news for a receiving core that desperately needs Perriman to live up to his first round status.

Kamar Aiken was the only bright spot for the Ravens offense in 2015. He made the most of his opportunity and he produced. Aiken led the Ravens with 75 receptions, 944 yards, and five touchdowns. It’s a contract year for him, so it’s fair to expect a solid season from the Central Florida product.

I love Steve Smith, but he’s coming of a coming off a torn achilles, and he’s 37. With that being said, I wouldn’t bet against the future Hall of Famer.

He’s a fiery competitor and he built a strong rapport with Joe Flacco in 2014. Smith was on pace for 92 receptions, 1,340 yards, and six touchdowns before he got hurt in 2015.

He also voiced his support for teammate Breshad Perriman.

 “These aren’t injuries where he’s not strong enough or not tough enough. When you slightly tear anything, that requires a lot of treatment and possibly surgery. I feel bad for him as a man because you’re going to hear all the naysayers who weren’t there, who didn’t see what happened and don’t really understand you can’t control injuries.”

Mike Wallace may be known as a”one trick pony” but he’ll thrive with Joe Flacco. Early in his career, Wallace shined with Ben Roethlisberger. He has the speed to track down the deep ball, and Joe Flacco arguably has the strongest arm in the NFL.

Breshad Perriman was a big play receiver at UCF, where he was a favorite target of Blake Bortles. In consecutive years, he averaged over 20 yards per catch. (20.8 in 13′ 20.9 in 14′)

Perriman was working with the first team offense in OTA’s before his injury. He displayed the speed and explosiveness that he was known for in college and looked impressive.

He’s still a raw prospect, but so was Demaryius Thomas coming out of Georgia Tech. They both share the same skill set, and both were known for being play makers. Once Thomas was “coached-up” , he blossomed into a 2- time All-Pro and a 3-time Pro Bowler.

Breshad Perriman has all the tools to be successful in the NFL. He just needs to stay healthy. After three knee injuries in 14 months, it’s easier said than done, but Perriman has the “DNA” to overcome those obstacles.

His father Brent, starred at the University of Miami in the 80’s, and played 10 seasons in the NFL. He recently suffered a life threatening aneurysm in early May, but his condition has been improving since then.

Breshad Perriman has dealt with a lot of adversity this off-season. From the death of his best friend on the team Trey Walker, to his father being hospitalized to injuring his knee for the third time.

It’s hard not to root for a guy like Breshad Perriman. Now , the Baltimore Ravens need him to live up to his potential. Here’s to him being the first pro bowl receiver the franchise has drafted.

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