The New England Patriots are still sniffing around for big outside receivers. They worked out free-agent wideout Breshad Perriman on Friday, according to a new report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Perriman originally went 26th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, three picks before Phillip Dorsett went to the Colts. After missing his entire rookie season due to a knee injury, Perriman had a decent-enough sophomore year with 33 catches on 66 targets for 499 yards and three touchdowns.
He went in the opposite direction in 2017, catching just 10 passes for 77 yards in 11 games and struggling with both drops and durability.
The Ravens decided to move on from Perriman during their final roster cut-downs on Sept. 1. They took one last chance on him in July by picking up his roster bonus of over $649,000. Perriman signed with the Redskins on Sept. 17, but got released five days later.
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Perriman has one of the NFL’s most promising combinations of size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and speed (4.24 40-yard dash at the Combine) to come along in recent years at receiver. Other factors have hurt his progress, whether self-inflicted or not.
His “NFL comparison” in his draft profile from 2015? Josh Gordon.
A receiver-starved team like the Patriots could use Perriman’s skill set, but he seems like more of an emergency option at this point. It’s clear, either way, that the Pats remain in the market for more size and speed outside the numbers.
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