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Ravens rookie WR Perriman on injury: Hardest thing I've ever gone through


Ravens rookie WR Perriman on injury: Hardest thing I've ever gone through

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman expressed confidence he would return healthy next season, and insisted his partially-torn PCL was not part of a chronic knee condition.

In his first extensive comments to the media in weeks, Perriman talked about the frustration and disappointment of being sidelined for his entire rookie season. The Ravens’ first-round pick was injured on the first day of camp, and was placed on season-ending injured reserve this week.

Here were some of Perriman’s most revealing comments during a Thursday media session:

  • Perriman said he didn’t think he would miss much time when the injury first occurred: “The doctors told me only a couple of days and I believed it. They looked into some more, and it turned out to be worse than everybody thought it was.”
  • Perriman admitted he suffered a setback warming up before the Ravens’ home opener against the Bengals on Sept. 27. Perriman pulled up in the end zone, ended his workout, limped off the field, and went to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama a few days later: “I was starting to feel a little better, and I kind of wanted to push myself to see how far I could go. I think I just overdid it a little too much. I felt the pop in my knee. I made it a little worse, they said. Dr. Andrews said that the tear became worse than what it was initially.”
  • Perriman was so depressed at one point, he was not returning his parents’ phone calls: “Just knowing I couldn’t be out there with my teammates was really hurting me. It’s been probably the hardest thing I’ve ever went through, honestly, just a huge disappointment. I don’t know how much I can help (the team), but I know that I can help somewhat. That’s been really the hardest thing for me…I kind of shut everyone out. I wasn’t talking to nobody. Finally, my parents kind of noticed it, because I wasn’t even picking up their calls. They came up here one weekend. They gave me words of encouragement.”
  • A few teammates, along with his parents, told Perriman to ignore the outside noise surrounding his injury: "They told me you got to tune it out, because they’ll be a lot of negative things said. After they gave me that great advice, I really didn’t pay attention to it.”
  • Perriman said he was not anticipating further surgery: "I think I’ll be fine now. It’s healing very well. I don’t think they’ll have to go back in. I think it’s coming along well.”
  • The last few months have made Perriman more determined to prove he can help the Ravens: "When next year comes along, when I finally get healthy, I’m going to be more hungrier than ever. Whenever I face adversity I just come back harder.”


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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."