Breshad Perriman’s latest knee injury obviously impacts the Ravens’ depth chart at wide receiver. With Perriman sidelined indefinitely, if not for the entire 2016 season, here are three ripple effects:
1. An opportunity has emerged for someone to earn more playing time at wide receiver.
Perriman was one of the top four receivers on the Ravens’ depth chart, joining Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, and Mike Wallace. Now Perriman is out, Smith is still rehabbing from last year’s Achilles injury, and Michael Campanaro is dealing with a calf injury. That means Chris Moore, Keenan Reynolds, Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown, Kaelin Clay, and Chris Matthews will all get more reps, both at the three-day mandatory minicamp which begins Tuesday, and during training camp in July.
2. Wallace and Moore face more pressure to become productive deep threats.
Losing Perriman doesn’t look as devastating on paper as it did last season, but Wallace is coming off his worst NFL season with the Vikings (39 catches, 473 yards, two touchdowns), and Moore is a rookie. Wallace and Moore have the most speed among the Ravens’ healthy receivers. If neither is a reliable deep threat, the Ravens’ offense may not be as explosive as they hope.
3. The Ravens’ abundance of pass-catching tight ends becomes a bigger plus.
With Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Dennis Pitta at tight end, the Ravens aren’t dependent on any one target, either at wide receiver or tight end. Perriman has potential, but he still hasn’t played an NFL game. It’s hard not to feel for Perriman. But if he misses another season, quarterback Joe Flacco still has more weapons at this point than in 2015.
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