It’s an understatement to say the Ravens’ wide receiving corps looks better now. It looks a whole lot better. As a dedicated route runner, Jeremy Maclin offsets the pure speed of Mike Wallace, who surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in his first season with the Ravens in 2016. And together, as veterans with track records, Maclin and Wallace give Breshad Perriman some breathing room.
Honestly, I think that’s one of the most positive byproducts of adding Maclin.
It’s easy to portray the move as a subtle jab at Perriman, the 23-year-old former first-round draft pick who was penciled in to start opposite Wallace until Maclin came along, and now shapes up as the No. 3. But I think it’s a great move for Perriman.
The author went on to say before Maclin joined the team, Perriman was in a situation he saw as fairly precarious. After losing his rookie season to a knee injury, he only had one up-and-down season on his resume, and it was clear in that season that he needed to become more polished and consistent. Yet now he was going to be starting on an offense under intense scrutiny after underperforming in 2016. He went on to say Perriman can now "just play."