The workout session was closed to the media, but the Ravens released video and photos that showed Perriman in full stride running alongside safety Terrence Brooks, cornerback Sheldon Price and safety Matt Elam.
Perriman, Baltimore's first-round pick a year ago, is the Ravens player who has the most to prove this offseason. He didn't play a snap in the regular season because of a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.
Due to the opportunity in the Ravens' receiving corps, Perriman looked like a nice sleeper prior to his injury. Since then, the Ravens signed Mike Wallace, while Steve L Smith is back and Kamar Aiken emerged as a viable WR2, so Perriman is not guaranteed starter's snaps even though he brings speed and size to the receiving corps.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 10:27am
Richardson flew to Baltimore Sunday night and was signed after working out for team officials Monday morning, according to the source.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said the team is getting good reports from the training staff, but coach John Harbaugh said that Perriman remains short of full participation at this point.
“He’s running, but to what percentage, I don’t know,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website.
Perriman is expected to be able to participate in at least some portion of the offseason program and the earlier the better for his chances of being a contributor after a lost rookie year, the story said. The team recently signed Mike Wallace as another potential deep threat, something the team didn't have last year. It's possible that the Wallace signing has more to do with Perriman's potential absence than people realize.
At some point over the next couple of weeks, the Ravens are expected to finalize their deal with running back Trent Richardson. When they do, they’ll add another name to one of their deepest positions.
Running back Justin Forsett, who is recovering from a broken arm suffered in November, remains the presumptive starter. Behind him is Buck Allen, who had 867 yards of total offense and three touchdowns last year as a rookie; 2014 fourth-round pick Lorenzo Taliaferro, who has struggled with injuries but has looked promising in limited opportunities; Terrance West, who showed glimpses of potential last year; and Terrence Magee. Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, soon could join that list.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine in February that the team would go with the hot hand at running back.
Unless the Ravens make a bigger splash at the position at some point, Forsett and Allen are still expected to enter training camp atop the depth chart, the story said. That would leave Taliaferro, West, Magee, Richardson and any other back the Ravens bring in competing for one or two available jobs. Forsett had an excellent 2014 season before falling a bit last year, and then was lost for the season with a broken arm. Allen took over and was impressive at times but made some mistakes as well.
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:57pm
Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before being hired in Detroit, so he was on hand when the Patriots used relatively early picks on Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Tom Brady. He was also hired in 2000, which was the same year that the Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round and a year before Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in a franchise-shifting move.
Quinn suggested the same might be in store for the Lions in this year’s draft.
“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”
The story mentioned the Lions would look in the mid-to-late rounds for a possible QB selection.
“I plan on him having a huge impact,” Flacco said, via the team’s website. “I think he’s a talented guy. He can run, he can catch, he can do a lot of things. I’m planning on him coming in here and having a big impact on our football team and helping us win a lot of games.”
The Ravens went on to finish 5-11, their first sub-.500 record since they made Flacco their starter as a rookie back in 2008, and Flacco got started on a rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to start training camp on time.
Saturday, he offered an update on his progress after taking a few leisurely jump shots at teammate Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game, according to the Ravens’ website:
“I can’t complain,” Flacco said. “I’m getting better and better each week. “To be honest with you, I believe [I’m on track for training camp], but it’s not like I’ve been told a timeline or anything like that. I can’t really say one way or another.
“I can tell each week that by the end of the week I’m feeling sore and I’m hurting, and by the next Monday I’m feeling better than I did last Monday.”
Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:18pm
"I felt like it was a better opportunity for me here to showcase my talents on a one-year deal to go out there and prove myself," Randle said. "It's a new start for everyone, new coaching staff, new start for me as well."
Even though the 6-2, 208-pound Randle is only 24 years old, he along with another new addition in Chris Givens are the most experienced receivers on the team.
"I can come out here and help those guys be better players. It's not all about me," Randle said. "I'm willing to help my teammates out and get those guys better as well so with my veteran presence I can lead the group a little bit and maybe get some things started here in the receiving corps."
Mike Wallace signed with the Ravens on Tuesday for two years at the same $11.5 million in salary and said at a press conference that he’s looking forward to playing with Joe Flacco, whose years with Baltimore have featured plenty of deep balls that turned into catches or pass interference penalties.
“You have a quarterback that can really sling the ball,” Wallace said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “That’s what I need.”
There are a lot of question marks in the Ravens receiving corps, but things should look a lot better than they did this year if Wallace revive his deep threat credentials while Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman return from injuries in good form.
Wallace is a good fit for Joe Flacco's big arm. The Ravens didn't have a deep threat last season with Torrey Smith gone and Breshad Perriman on the shelf. Wallace is past his prime but he's bound to have a few big games given his ability to go deep. Consider him a WR5 type if Perriman is healthy.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:08pm
Ravens have agreed in principle to a deal with free agent TE Benjamin Watson, per source.
This signing is a surprise considering the Ravens already have Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams on the roster, so it could be an indication that they aren't confident that Gillmore will be ready for the season after shoulder/back surgery. Watson won't have great fantasy value considering his competition in Baltimore, but could emerge if he gets the starting nod. As for the Saints, will Josh Hill finally get a chance to start? He was one of our favorite sleepers last summer until it became clear that the team was going to start Watson ahead of him. We'll keep an eye on the Saints' TE situation, but if they don't add a quality tight end, Hill will be moving up the rankings.
Flacco said the sides hammered out the three-year extension quicker than he anticipated, and the deal was essentially completed earlier in the week.
The three-year agreement is worth $66.4 million and includes an NFL record $40 million signing bonus, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. This allows the Ravens to keep their franchise quarterback under contract through 2021 and alleviates some restless nights in the future for general manager Ozzie Newsome.
The touchdowns weren't impressive (14), but Flacco averaged 41.3 pass attempts and 279 yards passing in 10 games before tearing his ACL in November. He was on pace for 661 pass attempts and 4,464 yards, which would have been good for 1st and 6th in 2015. He'll be far off the fantasy radar in one-QB leagues, but with Marc Trestman at offensive coordinator and what should be an improved (i.e. healthy) stable of weapons, Flacco will be in the streaming discussion when he has a favorable matchup.
Some have speculated that Forsett could be released, but Head John Harbaugh dismissed that thought. When asked if he expects Forsett to be part of the team next year, Harbaugh quickly responded, “Absolutely.”
“The featured back will be the best back, and to me Justin Forsett certainly fits the bill,” Harbaugh said. “He’s proven that already.”
The injury to his arm is not expected to hold him back at all this year, and Harbaugh said the issue has already healed.
“His wrist is good,” Harbaugh said. “He has one of those injuries that is really predictable.”
“There’s not a better person, there’s not a better guy [than Forsett],” Harbaugh said. “He understands everything we’re doing inside and out. I love him. But we’re going to put the guy out there that is gaining the most yards.”
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Forsett's YPC (4.25) was better than Javorius Allen's (3.75), but the rookie showed good receiving chops, hauling in 45 catches for 353 yards and two touchdowns. Allen was the #6 RB in standard formats (#3 in PPR) from Week 11 to Week 17, while Forsett was sidelined with a wrist injury. Forsett was #17 in standard and #12 in PPR through the first 10 weeks. According to HC John Harbaugh, the two will compete for touches in 2016.
Perhaps the most surprising update is that Crockett Gillmore could miss much of the offseason training program. Gillmore was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 21 after suffering a back injury a couple weeks earlier. He was also dealing with a shoulder injury.
“He’s having to have some surgeries done,” Newsome said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go when training camp comes around, but that determination will be made by our doctors and our trainers.”
“Crockett has played very well for us. I think him getting injured at the latter part of the season really hurt us,” Newsome said. “I expect Maxx Williams to make the jump most players do in their second year.”
The fact that, at this point in the offseason, Gillmore is still undergoing surgeries on his back and/or shoulder is worrisome. Williams will be an interesting late-round tight end if Gillmore is still trying to get healthy in August.
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