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John Harbaugh Explains Breshad Perriman-Michael Campanaro Roster Decision

Posted Nov 28, 2017

The Ravens wanted Breshad Perriman’s speed on the field after a one-week ‘reset,’ but were more limited in their punt return game without Michael Campanaro.

Now that the Ravens are healthy at wide receiver, it’s a week-to-week process when deciding who will be active on gameday.

For Monday night’s tilt against the Houston Texans, Head Coach John Harbaugh and his staff gave Perriman the nod, opting for speed on offense over special teams punt returns.

Perriman was active after a one-game “reset” in Green Bay. That meant wide receiver/returner Michael Campanaro was a healthy scratch, as Harbaugh confirmed after Monday’s win.

“We’re healthy now, so we have to make some tough decisions,” Harbaugh said.

“We just decided that Perriman’s speed was something that we would want in this game. We wanted the chance to knock the top off, crossing routes, change the angles a little bit on the coverage. We thought Breshad could do that for us, and that was why we decided that.”

The Texans entered the game with the league’s 26th-ranked passing defense and had been susceptible to giving up big plays.

Perriman was targeted by two passes, but didn’t have a chance to make a play on either. A number of throws his way this season have been tough plays to make, contributing to his just seven receptions on 28 targets.

Campanaro has 12 catches for 91 yards this season on offense, but his biggest role has been as a punt returner. He ranks second in the league in yards per punt return (14.7) behind the Detroit Lions’ Jamal Agnew, and scored a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 6.

“He was a healthy scratch. Nothing that ‘Camp’ did or didn’t do,” Harbaugh said.

Without Campanaro, the Ravens used veteran Lardarius Webb as their punt returner, and he made a pair of fair catches. Webb has only returned two punts this season while making eight fair catches. He hasn’t returned more than two punts in a single year since 2011.

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