The Baltimore Ravens drafted wideout Breshad Perriman because he’s an incredible athlete with terrific speed. So far, though, he’s done almost nothing in the NFL. He missed all of last year with an injury, and he has only 183 yards this year, with the season nearly halfway over. He has yet to score a TD.
The Ravens knew it would take time for him to learn the offense. There’s a learning curve for every young player coming form the relatively basic college systems to the pros. It’s vastly more complex and athleticism alone isn’t enough to win. That being said, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is frustrated with how long it’s taking, and he said:
“I told him, ‘I just am impatient. You have all this talent, and there is a lot to learn, but I just want to speed the curve up. Obviously, he said that he could not agree more. We just have to keep chasing it. It is going to happen, and let’s try to make it happen sooner rather than later.”
Perriman himself did note that the lost season was holding him back, saying:
“That [injury] definitely tests your patience. You have to stay prayed up and stick [to] the course. I know it’s going to come. … I’m a rookie because this is my first year. I expect the most and the best out of myself than anybody else. I know what I’m capable of.”
He was also asked about the chemistry – or lack thereof – with QB Joe Flacco. He said:
“It’s still a growing process, still working to get better day in and day out. It’s showing. It’s definitely showing. It’s just a matter of time.”