Breshad Perriman signed with the Jets knowing that the team needed him to build off his late-season success last year. Taking over for Robby Anderson as the team’s primary deep ball threat, Perriman has the skill set to break out some big plays as he did in 2019 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But what the Jets have seen in training camp thus far is a receiver that isn’t a one-trick pony. Perriman’s route tree is much more complex.
“We told him when we were working on signing him that he’ll determine how much he’s going to do in this offense,” Jets head coach Adam Gase told reporters via Zoom after practice on Wednesday. “We don’t put limits on anybody. Guys have to prove to me that they can’t do something.
“He’s making it real easy because everything we’ve tried to do with him he’s been able to do.”
For example, Perriman was seen ripping a slant through the middle, catching the ball, and then using that blazing speed to get up the field quickly. So, it isn’t just go routes and deep posts that Perriman will be running. The former first-round pick will be tasked with other short and intermediate routes in this Jets offense until, like Gase said, he goes to the coaching staff to say it might not be the best for his game.
But that might not happen after Sam Darnold saw his attention to detail after working out with Perriman this offseason.
“He just does all the little things right, which is all you ask for,” Darnold said. “He comes in, does everything he needs to do, gets his lift in. He’s very good in meeting and he knows what he needs to do on the field, too, which is obviously the most important part. So, he’s been really good so far and we’re looking for him to have a big year for us and contribute in a big way.”
Perriman participated in the workouts Darnold put together in Florida when OTAs weren’t allowed to take place at One Jets Drive. Those sessions helped these two teammates build a new chemistry that their head coach has seen already through the first training camp practices.
And Perriman’s preparation in making sure he knows Gase’s offense shows, too.
“It seems like those two guys have a good chemistry very quickly,” he said. “I think Perriman did a great job of, as we went through the offseason, he was really good about staying on everything, studying and then continued that when our offseason was over. We could tell right away when we started doing the walk-throughs just the way he wasn’t making mistakes lining up, his knowledge of the playbook, he knew the basic things just from studying and he’s quick to make adjustments when the coverage changes.”
Without preseason games this year, we won’t get to see exactly how high that chemistry is with Perriman and Darnold. But for this Jets offense to be explosive like Gase wants to, Perriman’s production will be vital.
Luckily, explosive is all Darnold sees from him at the moment.
“He’s super explosive, very explosive athlete,” he said. “Gets in and out of cuts, so big dude as well. He’s everything you want in a receiver.”