But pragmatically, it was even tougher, as he was their last effective receiver left.
As pointed out by Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens kept six wide receivers on their season-opening roster. Three of them (Smith, rookie Darren Waller and Michael Campanaro) are done for year and a fourth (first-rounder Breshad Perriman) hasn’t played a down.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he thought Permian had a “shot” to play at some point this year, but there’s nothing to suggest he’s close to a return after his latest knee surgery.
Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and Jeremy Ross made enough plays late to help them beat the Chargers, but they need to find some outside help. While it’s hard to gauge the effectiveness of making a trade before Tuesday’s deadline, they’re going to have to add someone, simply because they’re running out of bodies, the story said.