OWINGS MILLS - Nobody questions Breshad Perriman’s speed. However, some people question Perriman’s hands. They wonder if a talented wide receiver who dropped passes at times during his college career at Central Florida will become more sure-handed in the NFL.
Perriman knows the questions about his hands are out there. So do the Ravens. However, that didn’t stop them from drafting Perriman in the first round. Following his introductory press conference Friday, Perriman discussed how hard he had worked to reduce his drops, to become a receiver quarterback Joe Flacco would trust in key situations.
“It’s really all mental,” Perriman said. “I really just to talk to myself, tell myself not to focus too much on the big play. Don’t try to run before you catch it. That was my main thing. The simple hitch route, I would take it for granted that I’d make the catch, and start thinking about making the big play after I caught it. But you can’t lose concentration on the catch. I’ve gotten better at that.”
The Ravens became sold on Perriman when scout Joe Douglas and wide receivers coach Bobby Engram saw Perriman’s pro day.
“He caught the ball very well down there,” said Joe Hortiz, the Ravens’ director of scouting. “They came away impressed from his performance down there not only in his hands, but in his route ability as well.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also noticed that Perriman’s drops were becoming less frequent.
“We went through all his catches, all his not catches, all of his workout tape that we had, and we came away feeling very good about his hands,” Harbaugh said. “Most of those drops are early last year and early this year. He played very well in the last five or six games of this past season. So we think he’s on the rise.”
The Ravens are convinced they didn’t drop the ball drafting Perriman. Now Perriman will try to reward the Ravens with that trust.