The Ravens were in full swing on the practice field on Thursday as they wrapped up their first set of OTAs this offseason.
Over the past few days John Harbaugh and company have spent valuable time installing the foundation for training camp. And while it’s still early, the results were positive according to Coach Harbs.
“We pay attention to execution, to doing everything we can and to being a little better at everything we do,” said Harbaugh following practice. “We are installing all three of our phases: offense, defense and special teams.
“You install them piece-by-piece; there is a method to it. There is a progression, and the good thing is when you have a progression, it is good to have all your pieces there taking part and participating in that.”
Participation was at an all-time high with most everyone present and accounted for who could practice, while a select few were absent from the field but have been involved in meetings and training.
One of the more noticeable players on the practice field during the first portion of OTA’s, has been wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Perriman captured the attention of the coaching staff, along with his offensive teammates.
“You look at Breshad out here, and nobody I think is having a better camp than him so far,” stated Pitta about the third year wide receiver. “He is making big plays everywhere, catching everything thrown his way.
“I think that we have the pieces in place; it is just about continuing to grow as an offense and continuing to grow with Joe [Flacco] – getting comfortable and developing that trust.”
Continuing to grow and develop his game has been Perriman’s primary goal this offseason. Not only is the speedy downfield threat healthy but his improvement in other routes has been something he’s been focused on.
“I feel like I’ve been working hard on my routes – intermediary routes, not just deep balls and stuff,” quipped the soft-spoken wideout. “But I feel like it’s actually coming along; it’s actually showing that I’ve been working on it, and I’m just continuing to get better and better at it every day.”
The improvement of Perriman is a must this season as fellow RSR writer Dev Panchwagh pointed out in his latest post. There is a lot riding on the 2015 first round draft pick and Perriman is well aware of the stakes being high.
“I take great confidence in it,” stated Perriman when asked if he felt the lack of free agent wide receivers by the Ravens this offseason was a sign of confidence in him by the organization. “It’s big just for them to not get anybody in the draft or on the free agent market.
“It just shows that they have confidence in what we have here, and so does everyone here,” added Perriman. “We’ve got some good receivers on this team, and we know that we can get the job done.”
While the sample size is certainly limited at this point in the offseason, the positive reports on Perriman and his developing confidence, are great news for a team facing questions (again) at the position of wide receiver.
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