Ravens' Perriman eyes starting gig, minimizing drops

When the Baltimore Ravens selected Breshad Perriman in the first round of the NFL Draft, it was presumed the rookie reciever would slot alongside Steve Smith as an immediate starter to fill Torrey Smith's former role as a deep threat.

Through offseason workouts that wasn't the case, as third-year wideout Kamar Aikenmostly slotted in the starting lineup, with Perriman taking a back seat.

As training camp approaches, however, the rookie has his eye on taking over the starting gig.

"It's a goal of mine, but at the same time, it's not really on my mind," Perriman said after minicamp, via the Baltimore Sun. "I'm just really trying to focus on getting better every day, just going out there, take it day by day and see how it plays out.

"I just take it day by day, try to not think about the starting job or anything like that, because I feel like I'd get thrown off track."

Marlon Brown and Michael Campanaro are also vying for snaps in a remade Ravens receiver corps.

One issue Perriman is sorting through as he sets his sight on a starting spot is drops -- he had eight in his final college season.

"I really just talk to myself," Perriman said. "It's really all mental. I talk to myself, tell myself the things that I need to do to complete those passes and just try to step it up a notch more."

When training camp opens later this month, the 6-foot-2 rookie wideout with 4.22 speed will be given every opportunity to show the drops are behind him and he's ready to win a starting job.

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