Perriman, who turns 25 years old today, was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens with a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 26 overall). It’s certainly never a surprise to see the Eagles interested in a former Ravens player with Joe Douglas around.
Perriman clearly did not live up expectations in Baltimore. Things got off to a bad start when he missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury. He then returned to the field in 2016. In 27 games with the Ravens, Perriman was targeted 101 times. He only managed to have 43 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns.
Perriman was waived by the Ravens during final cuts earlier this month. Here’s what our associates over at Baltimore Beatdown had to say at the time:
Despite a somewhat promising first season in 2016 (Perriman missed his rookie year to a knee injury), Perriman fell completely off the wagon last season as the third guy behind Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace. A decent showing this preseason simply was not enough to salvage his tenure in Baltimore, and now the embattled fourth-year man will be looking for work.
It will be interesting to see if he finds another opportunity. While he is obviously intriguing from a talent standpoint, it seemed the only thing he caught last season was a bad case of the yips. Some teams may be willing to take a flyer on him if he can regain some of the confidence he seemed to muster in his sophomore season when he was a legitimate third receiver.
Unfortunately, with Baltimore squarely in ‘win now mode’ (and with John Harbaugh’s job security in question), they just do not have the luxury of continuing to invest into a project player. Hopefully for Perriman, he can develop his game somewhere else in the league.
At 6-2, 212 pounds, Perriman certainly does boast some impressive athleticism. He reportedly ran a 4.24 (!) 40-yard dash heading into the NFL Draft.
We’ll see what becomes of the Perriman workout.
In the meantime, it’s clear the Eagles are looking for help at wide receiver. Philadelphia signed three new pass catchers to their practice squad earlier this morning. And now they’re working out Perriman.
With Alshon Jeffery expected to miss at least two more games and Mack Hollins being placed on injured reserve last week, the Eagles have five healthy receivers on the 53-man roster: Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, DeAndre Carter, Shelton Gibson, and Markus Wheaton.
UPDATE: The Eagles are also reportedly working out Kamar Aiken, who signed with the team shortly before training camp started. Aiken failed to impress during practice and then missed the final two preseason games with an injury.