Baltimore Ravens

Breshad Perriman realizes "dream come true" with first game, first catch in Ravens' season opener

Breshad Perriman played in the Ravens' preseason finale on Sept. 1, but that tune-up paled in comparison to appearing in Sunday's 13-7 season-opening win against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Crazy, man," the second-year wide receiver said of his emotions before the contest. "Really, a dream come true for me. The last game was good as well, but this is the first regular-season [game] and just being out here with the whole team and the rest of the 53 and my receiving corps, it just feels great. Words can't really explain it. I'm just really happy."


Perriman, the franchise's first-round pick in 2015, was forced to sit out last season due a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. In June, he suffered a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee before getting activated off the team's physically unable to perform list on Aug. 18.

Perriman was targeted just twice by quarterback Joe Flacco, but caught one pass for 35 yards when he leaped over Bills cornerback Stephon Gillmore on second-and-8 from the Ravens' 11-yard line in the first quarter.


"I was going to try to catch it over my shoulder and try to score, but the way the ball came, I had no choice but to try to outjump him and thankfully, I did," Perriman said. "I mistimed it a little bit, but I got to the highest point and got the catch."

The play helped set up a Justin Tucker field goal.

Fellow wideout Steve Smith Sr. was happy to take the field with Perriman.

"It was great to play out there with him, to see him get a long catch, to see him go out there, stretch out, and get up after falling," Smith said. "He was excited, I was excited for him. So it was fantastic."

Hardly anyone would fault Perriman if he expressed some frustration or bitterness over missing last season, but Perriman took the more optimistic overview.

"I've been through a lot, and I'm thankful for everything that I've been through because it has made me stronger," he said. "Just a great throw by Joe. Just happy to be out there with my boys and coming out with the victory."