Breshad Perriman Shows Off Freakish Athleticism in Offseason Workout
Wide receiver Breshad Perriman was one of the most impressive players on the field during organized team activities and minicamp this spring. He and quarterback Joe Flacco were en fuego.
Now, Perriman gets the award for the most impressive offseason workout.
I love how there's one workout after another showing off his freakish athleticism. A man of Perriman's size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) shouldn't be able to move so explosively and fluidly.
My favorite clip might be him bursting off his knees to then jump over a column. Well, that, and the cone drills in the sand with who I am guessing is his trainer just chillin' in the grass as Perriman sweats away in the hot sun. Somebody get that man an ice-cold drink.
It feels like this could be Perriman's year. And I'm not just saying that because of this workout video.
He may have had the best offseason of any Raven, and the knee injuries that plagued him the last two years are clearly behind him (knock on wood). He and Flacco really seem to be on the same page. The third-year player's renewed confidence is palpable.
But people are sleeping on him and the rest of the wide receiving corps …
Ravens Wide Receiver Corps Ranked No. 25 in NFL
USA Today is not feeling Baltimore's wide receivers, ranking them as the eighth worst in the league.
And based off the website's caption, it's not entirely clear why.
"Pretty nice when a player of Maclin's caliber falls into your lap in June," wrote Nate Davis. "But the Ravens weren't barren at wideout, even after Steve Smith's retirement. Mike Wallace quietly had a 1,000-yard season, while Breshad Perriman had a nice second half. The bigger question is tight end after Dennis Pitta's unfortunate demise."
The only negative Davis listed was the loss of Pitta. The offense will certainly miss last year's NFL receptions leader among tight ends, but his absence alone shouldn't knock the Ravens down that far.
That said, I get that there is uncertainty because Maclin is new to Baltimore, Perriman has yet to break out, and the unit is full of inexperienced players. Also, can Wallace repeat his 1,000-yard season?
The seven teams USA Today lists below Baltimore are the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets.
Ryan Shazier: Why C.J. Mosley is Like Ray Lewis
Here's proof that even though Ravens and Steelers players intensely dislike each other, they still have a healthy respect.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier named the five toughest players he's ever faced, and gave the toughest middle linebacker award to the Ravens' C.J. Mosely. Then Shazier gave Mosely the ultimate compliment by comparing him to future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis.
"For me … the MLB position is not about splash plays, and it's not about stats. It's about being the heartbeat of a team defense," Shazier wrote on The Players' Tribune. "Ever since C.J. came into the NFL three seasons ago, Baltimore's defense has been in the Top 8. You have to respect that, because when you're the MLB, you're the anchor. You're like the symphony conductor. To come in and run a defense like that at 22 years old is special.
"I always say, Ray Lewis had some great years on paper, for sure. But some years, if you just looked at the stats? They didn't jump off the page. It didn't matter, though. Baltimore was always a Top 5 defense, and he got respect for that. Same thing with Mike Singletary or Patrick Willis. Maybe their stats weren't always the best, but they were the glue. Ask any guy in the league, and they'd tell you. C.J. has the potential to make that defense click for a long time."
Ravens Place Jermaine Eluemunor on Non-Football Injury List, More Roster Moves
UPDATE:Eluemunor tweeted Friday morning that he's able to get his first training camp started, and The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec wrote that he passed his conditioning test.
The Ravens reportedly made four roster moves Thursday, one day after the rookies reported to training camp.
Fifth-round offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor was placed on the non-football injury list, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
"Players traditionally go on the non-football injury list if they failed the conditioning test," Zrebiec wrote. "However, it's unclear if that's what prompted the move with Eluemunor."
Eluemunor played guard and tackle at Texas A&M, after moving from London to the United States to chase his dream of playing football. "The 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman is considered a developmental prospect," wrote ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
Additionally, the Ravens reportedly injury-waived rookie undrafted free-agent safety Daniel Henry, and placed undrafted wide receiver Aaron Bailey and undrafted defensive end Patrick Ricard on the physically unable to perform list.
The moves leave one spot open on the 90-man roster.
Quick Hits I can't be the only one pumped to see the most-decorated Olympian of all-time/Ravens fan/Ray Lewis' good friend/Baltimore resident Michael Phelps swim against a great white shark for Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Right? Sunday night at 8 p.m., folks.