Detroit Lions: Meet Breshad Perriman the organization’s new wide receiver

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After a recent signing via free agency, wide receiver Breshad Perriman is now a member of the Detroit Lions. Take a look at what the newly signed wideout has to offer for this team ahead of the 2021 season.

Sports fans toss the phrase “once in a blue moon” around a lot in conversations. It’s a simple way, to sum up, an event that was only possible in our imaginations. The 2021 offseason feels like a once-in-a-blue-moon event.

This offseason, contracts are being handed out like blank checks to a lucky handful of free agents. Perriman got himself one of these blank checks and decided to take advantage of the spending going on this offseason.

The Detroit Lions gave me a “once and a blue moon” moment a few days ago. They signed Perriman to a one-year, $3 million contract. He has been gifted another chance.

It appears that the Detroit Lions found their hidden gem this offseason with Breshad Perriman.

Perriman was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens but has not been able to live up to his potential due to one injury after the other. His best season came at the end of 2019 when he finished a four-game stretch with 36 passes for 645 yards and six touchdowns.

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Not bad for a small sample size. His 2020 season with the New York Jets did not go as planned. I don’t have enough space to list the reasons why it failed. A new year gives Perriman a fresh start in a new city.

Although he has not fully proved himself as a reliable wide receiver, Perriman will be one of the best signings by new General Manager Brad Holmes at the end of the season.

Yes, that is an outrageous statement giving his resume, but I have a few reasons that will hopefully excite Lions fans for the future.

First off, Breshad Perriman is a large man.

He stands at six feet two inches; the NFL average is six feet one inch. His size has been a strength throughout his entire football career.

While playing at the University of Central Florida looked like he was lining up against high schoolers on Junior Varsity. Newly acquired quarterback Jared Goff has become accustomed to playing with a reliable target of Perriman’s size.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp stands at the same height and has been Goff’s most targeted receiver during his time on the golden coast. Training camp will be fun to watch to say the very least.

Breshad Perriman or “The Flash”?

Perriman caught the eyes of many scouts at the combine due to his blazing speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.25 seconds. A record at the time that has been smashed; thank you, John Ross. This reason alone justifies the Ravens drafting him.

This was around the time Flacco was approaching a cliff and needed to replace the aging Torrey Smith. It just never worked out. Perriman never was able to live up and be that replacement. However, Perriman is still incredibly quick and he will show that with the Lions in training camp.

Perriman’s speed allows him to gain enough space from defenders to be left on an island by himself. Antwan Randle-El has the job during training camp to utilize that speed into the gameplan, and even into his route running.

These two spent some time together in Tampa Bay during Perriman’s best stretch.

Breshad Perriman is a second-generation Detriot Lions player.

Yes, you read the correctly. Breshad Perriman’s dad, Brett Perriman, played for the Lions during his NFL career. He played six seasons between 1992-98 in the Motor City even appearing in four playoff games during that span.

This will not have any bearing on how well he plays on the field, but it is something that should be noted. The Lions are family to Breshad and Brett.

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Welcome to Detroit, Breshad. Now it is time to get to work rocking the Detroit Lions Honolulu blue and silver.