Ravens’ Breshad Perriman Understands Benching
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshard Perriman may not agree with his recent benching, but he understands the reasons behind it.
“Yeah, I understand. I do understand,” Perriman said on Wednesday (h/t ESPN). “I don’t totally agree with it. But I understand why it happened. All I can control is me working hard every week and throughout practice and having it roll over to the game.”
Perriman was benched on Sunday after posting a disappointing 7 receptions for 54 yards and no touchdowns in eight games for the Ravens this season.
Both the team and Perriman are hoping that this is a turning point for him this season.
“I’m hoping,” Perriman said. “It’s definitely going to be used as motivation. Any time you’re out there, it’s got to be some type of motivation.”
“I do believe in Breshad,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “I do believe he is going to play well, and he will be back up just as soon as it makes the most sense for us to win the game, and it could be this week. We have not decided that yet.”
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco understands how this could be a down time for Perriman.
“That’s a struggle throughout the year that you deal with on both sides of the ball, and with multiple players — not just him,” Flacco said. “Everybody deals with that. I think more than that I, and his teammates, can rally around him and remind him of those things — then yes, it’s definitely going to pay benefits in the future, and it starts with me.”
Baltimore could ultimately make the decision to cut Perriman in the offseason if his play doesn’t turn around.
“It’s definitely a test,” Perriman said. “I’ve been through a lot of tests throughout my career, my life in general. I’m not worrying too much about it. I know I’ll overcome it. I’ll come back from this test better.”