Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles played a significant role in wide receiver Breshad Perriman's emergence as an NFL prospect. The two played together for two seasons at Central Florida before Bortles became a first-round draft pick in 2014 and Perriman was taken in the first round by the Ravens the following year.
"I think the obvious is the size and the speed, the measurable Combine stuff – how big he is and how fast he is," Bortles said about Perriman during his conference call with Ravens reporters Wednesday. "I enjoyed playing with him. … Obviously, the vertical threat that he puts on the defense is as good as it gets. He can go down the field and make plays for you, really, at any time if you throw the ball anywhere near him. He made my life pretty easy in college, and he was fun to play with."
With Bortles, Perriman caught 65 balls for 1,199 yards and seven touchdowns.
Picked 26th overall by the Ravens in this year's draft, Perriman remains sidelined with a strained posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that the "clock is ticking" for Perriman to return to practice or his season could be over before it began.
"I'm definitely sorry to hear about him being banged up and wish him a speedy recovery, for sure," Bortles said.