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Ravens believe Perriman has overcome college reputation

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Ravens believe Perriman has overcome college reputation

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.”

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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.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Get to know Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram

We are here to help you get your workweek started with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player Notes: 

Running back Mark Ingram is bringing two Pro Bowls, 1,321 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns to the Ravens, but there's a lot about him you may not know. Did you know that his father, Mark Ingram Sr., was drafted at No. 28 overall just like his son? Probably not. Here's five things to know about Ingram via the Ravens' website. 

Safety Earl Thomas isn't just talented on the field, but off the field as well. Thomas can play piano, drums, saxophone and the organ. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas would change out of his football uniform at halftime into his band uniform to perform and then back again. Here's five things to know about Thomas via the Ravens' website

Former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is retiring from the game. The 30-year-old made the announcement at his wife's baby shower over the weekend. Selected 19th overall by the Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin played for the Eagles, Chiefs and the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Tim Williams is ready to be a defensive leader for the Ravens in 2019. With the departures of Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency, Williams is ready to be "that man" for the NFL's No.1 defense. 

Williams has yet to play a full season for the Ravens after being drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, the linebacker saw action in only sevens games due to hamstring and ankle injuries. 

In AFC news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league Sunday via Instagram. The 29-year-old finishes his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns and three Super Bowl championship. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

You've made it to Friday and the Baltimore Ravens secured their backup quarterback. What more could we ask for?

Here's the latest news surrounding the Ravens.

Player Notes: 

The Ravens and QB Robert Griffin III agreed in principle to a two-year deal Thursday. A solid option behind Lamar Jackson, players around the league are happy to see the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year remain in the NFL.

The Ravens' newest member of their special teams unit, Justin Bethel, doesn't just have skills on the field but off the field as well. Bethel and his brothers have their own jazz band called House of Bethel, where the Raven plays the drums. In the music video for their single called, "The New Boss," Bethel has nearly a minute long drum solo

ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the Ravens' 2018 draft class, bringing them from a B-plus to an A-minus. One of the more stronger classes in recent history, the additions of Jackson, Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Orlando Brown Jr. served the Ravens well in 2018. 

Is Action Jackson a hockey guy? The Ravens QB was spotted Thursday night at an Arizona Coyotes game. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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