With Torrey Smith chasing the money out the door and Jacoby Jones cut, the Ravens need a speed guy to make a quick impact.
And first-round pick Breshad Perriman is hoping to provide just that.
The rookie wide receiver has a clear path to a starting job opposite Steve Smith, but he’s trying to keep his focus narrower.
“It’s a goal of mine, but at the same time, it’s not really on my mind,” Perriman said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “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.”
The Ravens have an odd lot of receivers behind him, with Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Michael Campanaro also in the mix for the job. But it’s clearly there for Perriman to take. His speed was the reason he was drafted in the first round, but he has to become more consistent catching things to be effective.
“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.”
Others are talking to him as well, knowing they have to refine him, and fast.
“He’s a worker,” Ravens receivers coach Bobby Engram said. “On the field, we just keep working the fundamentals, getting in and out of breaks, transitioning, tracking the ball, being aggressive back to the ball – all the things he’s working on since he started playing receiver.
“I love what I see. We’ve just got to continue to build on it.”
And with the offseason changes in their offense, they need to get it built quickly.