Baltimore Ravens: Breshad Perriman Begins Wide Receiver Battle on High Note


The wide receiver battle has been one of the most anticipated position competitions this offseason. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens started training camp on Thursday, and it did not take long before the storylines began to develop. The wide receiver competition is expected to be one of the toughest position battles to occur.

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The rookie Breshad Perriman flashed his talent across the field the first day. He showed an ability to create separation from the defender and use his speed to make difficult catches.

He showed off his speed, which has been a topic of conversation. Running back Justin Forsett said his speed was as “advertised.” If he can continue doing the same things during the rest of training camp, he’s easily going to earn a starting position or a good bit of snaps during the season.

Perriman did comment on how the speed of the game surprised him. He had a few drops during practice, but bounced back very well.

So far, his biggest improvement from rookie camp is his stance at the line, according to Ravens’ insiders. The wide receiver coach Bobby Engram has helped him develop a more balanced stance for more power coming off the line.

The wide receiver competition will be one of the most interesting battles during training camp.

However, he may have to wait a couple days after tweaking his knee toward the end of practice. Perriman can afford to miss a couple of days and still be in the front of the competition. You can read more about his injury here.

The more the rookie shows off his abilities the more pressure he is putting on receivers such as Jeremy Butler and Kamar Aiken for the starting spot next to Steve Smith Sr. Marlon Brown may even have to watch out if the rookie keeps up the pace.

Michael Campanaro returned to practice after missing most of the offseason due to a thigh injury. He is in the middle of the wide receiver competition, and he was able to play all the way through practice without any signs that the missed time affected him.

I asked staff writer Garrett Downing on Twitter whether the missed time would affect the receiver during training camp. Just as the second-year receiver showed during the first day, the Ravens’ writer believes he’ll be fine if he’s healthy.

With that perspective, it goes back to what I have been staying during the offseason. Campanaro’s goal for training camp should be to remain healthy, and in doing so, he will be well in line for a roster spot.

He is not only competing for a spot at wide receiver, but along with Smith Sr. and Asa Jackson, he is taking reps as the punt returner also. After Jacoby Jones left, the position became wide open.

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Here are a couple quick hits about some of the injured players from the first day of training camp.

After the Ravens waived wide receiver Cam Worthy, he cleared through waivers and is now on Baltimore’s injured reserve.

Along with Lardarius Webb for failing his conditioning test, the team also placed defensive tackle Casey Walker on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list due to knee tendinitis.

The Ravens head back out onto the field for the second practice today at 8:30 a.m. Their first day off is Tuesday, August 4.