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College bond remains strong between Ravens' Breshad Perriman, Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles

Ravens' Breshad Perriman, Jaguars' Blake Bortles looking forward to meeting Sunday – albeit as opponents.

Breshad Perriman has some textin’ to do.

The Ravens wide receiver is looking forward to seeing Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, his former teammate at Central Florida, when the teams meet Sunday at EverBank Field.

“I planned on hitting him up sometime soon,” Perriman said after Wednesday’s practice. “I talked to him in the offseason, and he was like, ‘See you in a couple weeks.’ I’ll probably give him a text and talk a little trash to him.”

Perriman, who played with Bortles for two years, said he “made things very easy for me.” Perriman, whose three-year career of 115 catches for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Knights helped make him the Ravens’ first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, praised Bortles’ accuracy and talent.

“He put the ball in great locations,” Perriman recalled. “I feel like he’s a big-play quarterback. He was always looking for the big play. And his poise was crazy. No matter what happened during a game, he just stayed calm and collected. He kept his head on the next play, the next thing, the next goal.”

Bortles, who arrived at Central Florida a year after Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken had left to enter the 2011 draft, joked that his accuracy was greatly aided by Perriman’s ability to outleap defenders for the football. Bortles predicted a long, bright future for his former receiver.

“We had a really good group of wide receivers my last year there at UCF that did a good job,” Bortles said. “He kind of led that group and was the stud of that group. They were fun to throw to. He was fun to throw to. He made a ton of plays, we racked up a ton of yards, and they definitely made my life way more easier than I made theirs.”

As fond as he is of Bortles, Perriman said he will have no apprehension about helping the Ravens defeat Bortles’ Jaguars.

“I’ve been away from him for so long, I feel like it was good while it lasted in college, but that’s over,” Perriman said. “We’re on two different teams playing for each of our organizations.”

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