“He Has A Major Role Right Now”

August 18th, 2019

Breshad Perriman has been down this road before. Like he’s been this spring and summer, Perriman was a standout of the Baltimore Ravens’ 2017 offseason.

Later that year, though, he was a healthy scratch before the Ravens waved goodbye to their 2015 first-round pick.

After a hot spring of 2017, Perriman was on the rise and ready to settle into a No. 3 receiver role, when he previously had struggled as an outside No. 1 or No. 2.

“You can just see the confidence in his eyes,” Flacco said at the time. “That’s the first thing. Then when you go out there, it’s kind of back to how I felt probably the first couple of practices his rookie year, when he was running by people, and you can tell he had something. He’s back at that level, running, and his confidence is at an all-time high. He’s out there playing, man. It’s exciting to see.”

Perriman finished 2017 with 10 catches. The Ravens cut him after their 2018 preseason.

Following flashing in Cleveland last year, Perriman was back on the market and is now a top dog in the eyes of Bruce Arians, who raved about him after practice today and said, “he has a major role right now.”

In many ways. Perriman is in old but new territory. He’s had big roles and expectations put him, but he’s hasn’t thrived when that’s been the case.

Perriman and the Bucs are an interesting marriage. He’s the Bucs’ clear No. 3 receiver and they will rely on him, potentially a lot. But if he plays well and becomes a consistent threat, then he’ll become an expensive free agent in March. Meanwhile, the Bucs will be paying Mike Evans a ton, lining up to open the vault for Chris Godwin, and Jameis Winston will get a raise while the team likely will need a pass rusher. Also, if Vernon Hargreaves thrives, he’s on the 2020 books for a fat raise.

Joe hopes Perriman thrives, but if he struggles, Joe sure hopes the Bucs move quickly to play/develop their younger receivers to see what they really have.

32 Responses to ““He Has A Major Role Right Now””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Perriman will outproduce Djax……Chemistry with Jameis….the question still remains as to whether Jameis can complete the downfield passes….

    And, I suspect Perriman knows very well that this is his last chance for a big payday…..

  2. Ben real Says:

    Lol out produce desean … desean is on a higher level than Perriman… lol put the 2 on the free agent market and see what team picks who out of the 2 … swear some buc fans think with their hearts and not their heads

  3. Dapostman Says:

    Ravens aren’t really known for their passing attack. Seems to me they are more likely to smash mouth and play defense than air it out. No reason Perriman couldn’t catch 35-40 balls for 600 yards. Evans, Godwin, Howard, Brate and the RB’s will keep his numbers down though. If he can average 15+ a catch that will be huge. Looking forward to see him as the #3.

  4. Buc4life Says:

    It appears that Jameis and Perriman already have chemistry on the deep ball, but Jameis still has more improving to do. I really love our receivers and tight-end group and feel that Byron Leftwich will use their size and abilities for match-up hell all over the field.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Ben…

    I didn’t mean he would out produce Djax at another team…..just his production last year with the Bucs….Djax had only 4 TDs……..for $11 million……what a ripoff…..

  6. Magadude Says:

    “It appears that Jameis and Perriman already have chemistry on the deep ball…” I am hoping but not seeing. Not yet.

  7. Ben real Says:

    That’s exactly what Perriman is … a #3 receiver nothing more… however I do believe other receivers on the roster now are better than Perriman… there’s no reason to have even signed Perriman… all I know is I’m laughing at the extension we gave litch … he’s definitely gonna have his work cut out for him trying to work extensions on a lot of players with no cap space… get ready for a total rebuild after the season because extending jameis is going to destroy everything… because now the bucs are going to pay jameis the money he is not even worth and in order to do that we have to release and trade our future for jameis , Godwin , Hargreaves, if devin white comes out and is as advertised… he’s gonna be due to get paid hefty money , our backs are overrated so we’re gonna over pay for those guys … I’m just gonna sit back and observe the mess that’s ahead of us come March

  8. Ben real Says:

    Tampabay … was about to say… yeah he may out produce desean last years numbers yeah

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t have to worry about Devin White’s payday….he’s on a rookie contract for 4 years with a 5th year option.

  10. Magadude Says:

    Joe says: “Perriman and the Bucs are an interesting marriage. He’s the Bucs’ clear No. 3 receiver and they will rely on him, potentially a lot. But if he plays well and becomes a consistent threat, then he’ll become an expensive free agent in March.”

    Whoa Nellie. No argument with Joe and I hope that’s the case. His supposed asset is speed, right? Hit him in stride, no jump balls, right? And who is his QB? Wow, lots to play out.

  11. Ndog Says:

    Goodness gracious this site is negative. Now you are literally looking up things to be negative about. If I were the head honchos over a One Buc I would absolutely loath this site and how EVERYTHING is viewed through a negative lens.

  12. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Perriman to my surprise has impressed. Our passing attack this season will be top five.

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Your next to last paragraph is right on the money Joe, but it’s still only a fraction of what we’ll be facing in 2020. Look at all the 1-year ‘try-before-buy’ contracts we have this year. Guys like Suh, Barrett, Nassib, Spence, Allen, Bucannon, Minter, Barber, Ryan Smith are all UFAs as well as Winston & Perriman who you mentioned. And we’d have to replace Dotson also (2019 is his last contract year).

    Those are the reasons, for starters, why I seriously doubt VHIII will ever see his $9 mil next year. Assuming that Jameis does well this year, he’d be on tap to make probably $30-$35 mil. Assuming JPP returns to good health he’d be on tap to make $15 mil. Wouldn’t want to be in Jason Licht’s shoes right now trying to figure out how to deal with this salary Cap mess.

  14. Pittsshore Says:

    Perriman may just be coming into his own at the right time. Ozzie Newsome is way too good of a GM to blow a first round pick.

  15. Stanglassman Says:

    I’ll take that problem any day. We’ll have so many players perform so well we have to make difficult decisions on who to keep.

    I can see us drafting and developing a young tackle and center next year. Along with a 5tect and using/continue developing a young TE next year as well.

    That would mean they won’t have Dotson, Jensen, Gholston or Brate on the books next year. That clears up 30+ not sure what it nets but quite a bit.

  16. Magadude Says:

    So Ndog…you know I like you. Seriously. You are a Bucs fan we need all the time. I admire you. You know that, right? Okay, so you bust on me all the time. That’s okay. So on this what are your words of wisdom?

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We absolutely, positively must have success with some of these younger players…..We will lose some FAs & if we lose some to big salaries, perhaps we will finally receive some comp picks.

    Assuming Winston performs well & gets extended or franchised….our first two picks need to be OT & DE…..

  18. Stanglassman Says:

    Good post. All those one year contracts give the Bucs a ton of flexibility next year. Hopefully they all perform well and the Bucs resign the ones they still need. Greenberg is a great capologest to help Jason make it all work.

  19. Jim Says:

    What is DJax, three time Pro Bowler? Perriman??

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Stanglassman … When you look at what’s happening with the Cowboys right now, you can get a peek into the future about what happens when you build a roster that’s ‘out of whack’. Too many mouths to feed in any given year leads to big trouble. Cut the big money players & you either have to draft their replacements (high) or find a comparable FA to take their place (usually for big money also for comparable talent).

    That’s why IMO there’s no substitute for having an outstanding GM AND coaching staff. Great teams not only draft well, but they also do a great job of developing those players who they do draft. Looks to me like most teams focus on 1 side of the ball in creating their identity.

    Historically it was defense for the Bucs. Not so right now. Spotrac says that the Bucs only spend 34.06% of our adjusted 2019 Cap on defense. We spend 58.40% on our offense and another 2.40% on our S/Ts (I assume that the other 5% is our excess right now in relation to the adjusted Cap). Obviously our ‘structure’ is way out of whack (maybe why our defense has sucked so bad in recent years?).

    When you look at successful teams like the Patriots you see much better BALANCE. The Pats spend 49.0% of their adjusted Cap on defense. They spend 47.06% on their offense and another 3.03% on their S/Ts (I assume the other 1% is excess). Obviously their ‘structure’ is much better BALANCED than our is. And the results speak for themselves far as I’m concerned.

  21. Old School Athlete Says:

    I like what I’ve seen from Perriman. It looks like he came to camp in shape and ready to work. By the way he plays, I think he HATES LOSING and we need a lot more guys that HATE LOSING!
    Ndog, I agree. I know everyone’s frustrated. I’m frustrated, but BA and the new regime is 0-0. I think some positive changes have been made, and I am rationally optimistic. I’m say let’s give them a chance before we start with the “same ol Bucs“ talk.

  22. Ndog Says:

    The major difference here is Perriman is not being asked to be a savior he is simply being asked to do his job. There is no chance he will be a target of the defense, all he has to do is know his routes, know the checks and catch the ball period that’s it. Plus his past has NOTHING to do with right now. Just like it has NOTHING to do with of any of these other players. Often players flourish under a different coaching staff or different organization. Let us look at a few examples shall we. Steve Young, Doug Williams, Vinny Testerverde, Chris Carter, Brett Farve, Kurt Warner, Michael Bennett, Brad Johnson and many many more. Looking back at something that seems like a lifetime ago for Perriman is simply ridiculous. So par for the course from the negativity train.

  23. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Jim DJax went to his many of his pro bowls as a Buc?

  24. BA FAN Says:

    The issue will be whether Perriman will have too many drops or not. I think he will give lots of speed and good effort and won’t be a negative cry baby like MeJax in the locker room but he is definitely the 3rd WR and will paid as such.

  25. Costa Rica John Says:

    I sure hope Perriman and all the other one year free agents put up big numbers. It would be nice to see Jason Licht have to figure out who to keep and who to let go. Plus we might actually get a few compensatory picks if the players can’t be re-signed…..It’s a win win either way.

  26. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    CR John the only downside to Licht hitting on his free agents is disappointing so many posters in here who are praying we are horrible again

  27. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden annoying, & tminimum are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    Correction for the 1st comment…

    *Perriman will outperform DJax’s past performance in our offense…

    But I think DJax will be one of the top WR in the league this year, and Perriman might not get quite as many touches bcuz of so many weapons…

  28. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden annoying, & tminimum are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    PSA: There is a Loophole in the salary cap system…

    We can literally sign every player for the league minimum if we wanted to, and then we can give them all HUGE signing bonuses that don’t count against the cap…

    We could have the most stacked team in the NFL if we exploited this loophole.

    Licht, take notes…

  29. Jeffbuc Says:

    Erik hesson then blah blah blah. You are joking right I hope your not serious to believe a signing Bonus doesn’t count against the cap. You know the whole signin gbonuat is just divided over length of contract and counts against the cap that way. 10 million signing bonus on 4 year contract is a 2.5 million hit against salary cap for each of the 4 years.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    “Jameis Winston will get a raise”

    I hope so!

  31. Pick6 Says:

    Regardless of how he plays BP is here for one season only. The team can only afford rookies behind Evans and Godwin once the latter gets paid, which could be as soon as next spring

  32. Pick6 Says:

    *guys on rookie deals, not just rookies