Tampa’s Newest Toy: Breshad Perriman
The Buccaneers brought in another wide receiver to assist in the development of Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay signed Breshad Perriman to a one –year, $4 million deal. Perriman previously signed the same deal with the Cleveland Browns, but with Odell being traded to the Browns the contract was voided and the Buccaneers swooped in to scoop him up.
Perriman is a 6’2, 211 lb wide receiver that was selected by the Baltimore Ravens 26th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Perriman has spent time with the Ravens and Browns in his short NFL career. His stats will not blow anyone away (59 receptions, 916 yards, and 5 touchdowns). The Buccaneers are hoping that the speedy, big-bodied receiver will help Jameis Winston take a step in the right direction.
Winston will have another loaded receiving core (Evans, Godwin, Perriman, and Howard). The big targets should help with Winston’s accuracy issues on certain throws. Perriman is a well-respected receiver that knows how to compliment star receivers. He will most likely move to the slot, which will probably push Godwin to the outside. Coach Bruce Arians is hoping that Perriman could be the guy to take the top off the defense, a spot in which DeSean Jackson was supposed to occupy. Perriman only hauled in 16 receptions in 2018 for the Cleveland Browns, but averaged 21.3 yards per reception.
Time will tell how Arians, Leftwich, and Winston will incorporate their newest toy in the offense. The one thing we learned in 2018 with DeSean Jackson is that the quarterback needs to establish a relationship early with receivers. The deep threat never really got off the ground with Winston under center in 2018. Perriman and Winston need to get on the practice field and build that relationship early and if that can happen Tampa should put up better numbers offensively than they did in 2018.