Jul 30, 2015; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws to wide receiver Breshad Perriman (18) during day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Ravens began practice again Saturday after their win in their first preseason game Thursday night. They quickly had a day off Sunday, two days before they begin their joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.
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The revered rookie receiver Breshad Perriman has only practiced once during training camp and that was the very first day. He has since been sidelined by a knee injury, which seems to have been worse than originally thought.
After he missed Saturday’s practice, head coach John Harbaugh said they expect the rookie to return at some point during training camp. However, he could not say anything else about what is wrong with his knee.
The problem with his lingering injury is how it affects the wide receiver competition. He could return to practice two days from now and make this portion of this article pointless. However, right now, Kamar Aiken has changed the shape of the competition by taking advantage of the injuries.
Perriman has not practiced since the first day of training camp. His absence has allowed room for other receivers to step up.
Michael Campanaro looks like he may be the next man up if Perriman does not begin to practice. It is only a matter of time now that his chance to start Week One begins to be in jeopardy.
The rookies, such as Jeremy Butler and DeAndre Carter, who did not do well in their first preseason game, are bound to break out. They have done well in training camp, so if the injuries remain, they will receive more and more time to show they deserve to make the roster. When they can translate it to a preseason game, they could slip into a roster spot.
Along with Perriman, Aiken and Marlon Brown (hamstring) sat out practice Saturday. Though injuries are never good, they are helping the other receivers obtain more time on the field.
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With the expectations from the rookie, when he practices, it is very likely he will immediately take over the second or third receiver spot, but possibly no lower than the fourth one. His presence will change the dynamic of the competition.
Steve Smith Sr., Aiken, Brown, and Perriman would have the first four spots, which would leave two spots for the other receivers. Campanaro is proving to be a valuable receiver, so he could very well have the fifth spot, which leaves the remaining receivers to battle over one spot.
However, if the rookie out of Central Florida remains sidelined for much longer, he is going to lose his hold on the roster spot and another space will open up for the other receivers to take. One Ravens insider already said on Twitter his chances to start Week One become more doubtful if he misses this next week of practice.
The team heads out to practice this morning, so keep an eye out if the injury report changes.