Frankly, there have been more valleys than peaks in Breshad Perriman's young career.
The Ravens wide receiver's rookie campaign in 2015 was erased by a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. His return was delayed by a partially torn ACL in his left knee during an offseason training activity in June that kept him on the team's physically unable to perform list until Aug. 18.
And his development has been sporadic, a growth chart mixed with several scintillating catches for big gains and missed opportunities for greater production. So his 27-yard touchdown catch – the first TD of his career – in the back left corner of the end zone in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's 28-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns was a chance for him to take inventory of his journey to this stage in his career.
"All that hardship, basically, and just how long it took to get here and all the work I had to put in and all the stuff I've been through," Perriman said Thursday. "So yeah, that does hit your mind for a little bit and then you realize how blessed you are."
Besides registering his first touchdown, Perriman compiled a personal best in receiving yards (64) and tied a personal high in catches (three). Coach John Harbaugh said Perriman appears closer to realizing his potential.
"To see those things start to happen is really important," Harbaugh said Monday. "I've told you this before: I believe in our guys. We have the potential to do a lot of great things, but as [wide receiver] Mike Wallace pointed out, potential doesn't mean anything until you do it. You've got to do something with it. That's the way our guys are thinking. They want to make the plays, and that's what's important."