Ravens rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman is eyeing a starting job and is hoping to make an immediate impact as a deep threat and otherwise following an offseason where he flashed playmaking skills and explosiveness along with a tendency to lose his concentration and drop passes, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
“It’s a goal of mine, but at the same time, it’s not really on my mind,” Perriman said as the Ravens concluded their June minicamp. “I’m just really trying to focus on getting better every day, just going out there, take it day by day and see how it plays out.
“I just take it day by day, try to not think about the starting job or anything like that, because I feel like I’d get thrown off track. For the most part, I just try to come out and compete and work on craft, the little things I need to work on to make me become a good receiver.”
“I’m doing a good job, but I’m striving for more,” Perriman said. “I expect more from myself. I feel like I’m doing a decent job, but, at the same time just want to keep working so I can improve my craft.”
What Perriman has done to deal with his dropped passes is take an introspective approach.
“I really just talk to myself,” Perriman said. “It’s really all mental. I talk to myself, tell myself the things that I need to do to complete those passes and just try to step it up a notch more.”
Between now and the start of training camp on July 22 when rookies report, Perriman said he’ll be training in Orlando, Fla. He’s looking to refine his route running.
“For the most part, just tightening up my routes, but really, everything,” Perriman said. “I feel like I really don’t overlook anything. I feel like even the things that I’m good at, I continue to work on.”
Although Perriman is expected to endure some growing pains, the Ravens are encouraged overall about the potential of the 26th overall pick of the draft.
“We’re pleased with where he is,” receivers coach Bobby Engram said. “He still has some work to do, as a lot of rookies do, but I’m excited about what he did. He came in here, he showed the speed we thought he had, and he caught the ball consistently.
“There are a few [catches] he knows he should have had. He worked his releases, he played fast, but there are just things we’ve got to continue to progress him on and that he’s got to continue to work on to improve.”