The former first-round pick is at a crossroads with the team that spent the 26th overall selection on him in 2015. According to Hensley, Perriman is due a significant bonus early in training camp. If the Ravens decide to go in a different direction, they can either trade or release him. Perriman had a disastrous 2017 campaign in which he caught just 10 of 35 targets for 77 yards and zero touchdowns and was surpassed by the likes of Chris Moore and even Michael Campanaro by season's end. Baltimore's offseason activity that included adding three proven receivers shows that the team is not counting on Perriman being a major contributor this fall. And considering the team can save $1.6 million in cap room by cutting Perriman after June 1, there's at least a chance he won't be on the roster at all come Week 1.
Perriman ended the season with 10 receptions for 77 yards and no touchdowns on 35 targets across 11 games.
It was a disastrous season for Perriman, who took several steps back after a promising 2016 campaign in which he brought in 33 receptions for 499 yards and three scores. His catch rate dropped to just 28.5 percent, which was considerably less than his already subpar 50 percent catch rate from a year ago. He was a healthy scratch several times down the stretch, showing that the team had a greater level of trust in the likes of Chris Moore and Michael Campanaro -- both of whom are late-round draft picks as opposed to Perriman's status as a former first-rounder. Coach John Harbaugh said at his year-end press conference that Perriman "is a wonderful young man. He wants to fill all of the expectations he has for himself. He wants to be great. That's something we have to find out. It's up to Breshad, it's up to us. It's a tough league. You have to earn your stripes," according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. Perriman has just one year left on his rookie deal, and it's clear that the team's confidence in him has waned considerably. A year ago, the questions surrounding Perriman had less to do with talent being NFL-level and more to do with his ability to hold up for a full regular season. Heading into 2018, it's the questions are fully centered on whether he can make any sort of NFL impact. 2017 was a make or break year for Perriman, and it was decidedly broken.
Perriman (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Bengals.
Perriman has seen 30 or more snaps in each of the last two weeks, as regular starter Jeremy Maclin has been limited by a knee ailment. Maclin was ruled inactive as well Sunday, so it's a bit surprising to see Perriman as a healthy scratch. With both wideouts on the shelf, Baltimore is left with Mike Wallace as their top pass-catching option, while Chris Moore and Michael Campanaro attempt to fill the remaining void.
Perriman (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Week 13's matchup against the Lions.
Perriman will be a healthy scratch for the second time in three weeks, surrendering his spot on the active roster to WR/KR Michael Campanaro. Perriman's playing time had been trending downward anyway, as he saw just 16 snaps in Week 12's win over Houston. He's been active nine games this season, but has gone without a reception in five of them.
Perriman played 16 snaps on offense and was held without a catch on two targets in Monday's 23-16 win over the Texans.
A healthy scratch the previous week, Perriman returned to the lineup with his lowest snap count of the season. His utter lack of production this season -- seven catches for 54 yards on 29 targets -- essentially has forced the Ravens to insert Chris Moore as the No. 3 receiver. Perriman likely would have been demoted long ago if he weren't a recent first-round pick. As is, he'll likely have to fight for a roster spot in training camp next year, assuming he's still with the team.