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New Ravens receiver Perriman likens himself to Julio Jones

Posted on 01 May 2015 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Drawing predictable comparisons to Torrey Smith after being drafted with the 26th pick of the 2015 draft, new Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman envisions a higher upside for himself.

Asked which player he shares similarities with in the NFL, the Central Florida product likened himself to two-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones. At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Perriman’s frame stacks up favorably to the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jones.

Baltimore hopes his kind of production will eventually follow as the Atlanta Falcons receiver has amassed more than 4,000 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns in only 49 career games.

“He’s kind of a big receiver like myself, but he can play as a small receiver as well,” Perriman said. “He can stretch the field vertically, he has great quickness, and he’s physical. That’s the one I like to compare myself to.”

Such a comparison may sound too ambitious for a player who competed in the American Athletic Conference, but the Ravens drafted Perriman with hopes of him developing into the high-impact No. 1 receiver quarterback Joe Flacco has never enjoyed in his career.

Perriman should appeal to new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, who coached big targets like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Chicago. Wide receivers coach Bobby Engram agrees with Perriman’s comparison to Jones, who was the sixth overall pick of the 2011 draft and led the NFC with 1,593 receiving yards last year.

“The same guy he mentioned, but you look at a guy like Alshon, [too],” Engram said. “There are a lot of bigger receivers in the league. To me, you take him as his own guy for his skill set and his ability. I’m excited for what he’s going to bring to the Ravens.”

Engram and Ravens national scouting direction Joe Douglas studied Perriman up close and personal during his pro day in which he ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.22 seconds. This came after he didn’t work out at the NFL scouting combine in February due to a hamstring injury.

Such a performance certainly helped solidify Perriman as a first-round pick, but the Ravens liked more than his blinding speed. And that includes the way he caught the football, which is a concern talent evaluators have expressed about the 21-year-old Georgia native. Several members of the organization have expressed confidence that Perriman can improve his concentration in order to limit the drops that occasionally plagued him in college.

“We saw a guy that moved really well. Quick, agile for his size,” Engram said. “He caught the ball fluidly. Obviously, he ran really fast and I think that got everyone’s attention, but that was just a piece of the puzzle. When you’re evaluating and look at a guy like Breshad, you try to gather as much information as you can and make that decision. I feel very fortunate that we have him in the building.”

The Ravens know that Perriman isn’t a finished product, which is part of his appeal after he caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns in his junior season. He must refine his routes after being asked to primarily go vertical in college.

Despite the question marks, the Ravens see a young receiver who’s only going to get better after forgoing his senior season. Upon being selected on Thursday night, Perriman received very clear advice from his father Brett, who played 10 seasons in the NFL.

“Celebrate it. Enjoy the whole process,” Perriman said. “But when the day is over, it’s really time to go to work.”

“I like that message from Dad,” Engram added.

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Harbaugh says pedigree as player, coaching experience reasons for Engram hire

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Staff

ENGRAM HIRED AS RAVENS WIDE RECEIVERS COACH

The Baltimore Ravens have hired Bobby Engram as their wide receivers coach, head coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday morning.

Entering his fourth-overall season of coaching, Engram spent the past two years (2012-13) as wide receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his coaching career as an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. Prior to becoming a coach, Engram, 41, produced a 14-year playing career as a wideout with the Chicago Bears (1996-2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009).

“When you combine Bobby’s NFL pedigree as a player and his coaching experience, you see why we’re excited to add him to our staff,” Harbaugh stated. “He comes highly recommended, he did an outstanding job at San Francisco and Pitt, and he’s an impressive person. He’ll help our receivers and our offense become better.”

In 2013, Engram guided a Pitt receiving corps that was led by true freshman Tyler Boyd, who earned second-team All-ACC honors and set school marks for receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,174) by a freshman. Both records were formerly held by current Arizona Cardinals standout Larry Fitzgerald. Senior Devin Street completed his Panthers career in 2013 after setting school marks in all-time receptions (202) and finishing third in receiving yards (2,901).

In his first season with Pittsburgh (2012), Engram guided wide receivers Mike Shanahan (62 receptions for 983 yards) and Devin Street (73-975), who each garnered All-Big East honors in the same season, marking the first such occurrence in school history.

As an offensive assistant with the 49ers in 2011, Engram was part of a team that earned its first NFC West title in nine seasons and reached the NFC Championship game.

“What an opportunity to join a team that has won, knows how to win and does all it can to make sure they continue to win,” Engram said. “I’m ready to be part of that and ready to work.”

Selected out of Penn State in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by Chicago, Engram appeared in 176 career games (113 starts), recording 650 receptions for 7,751 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also played in nine career playoff games, including an appearance in Super Bowl XL with Seattle. He was the Seahawks’ Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2005.

Engram is one of the most productive and decorated receivers in Penn State history. A three-time All-American and three-time All-Big Ten selection, he helped the Nittany Lions produce a 31-5 record from 1992-95. In 1994, Engram recorded 52 receptions for 1,029 yards en route to earning the inaugural Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.

A native of Camden, S.C., Engram graduated from Penn State in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science. Bobby and his wife, Deanna, have two daughters, Bobbi and Phoebe, and two sons, Dean and Trey.

COACHING BACKGROUND

Years                  College/Pro Team                         Position
2011                    San Francisco 49ers                       Offensive Assistant
2012-13              University of Pittsburgh              Wide Receivers
2014                    Baltimore Ravens                           Wide Receivers

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Engram reportedly to join Hammock to complete Ravens’ offensive staff

Posted on 06 February 2014 by Luke Jones

On the same day the Ravens made the hiring of new running backs coach Thomas Hammock official, it appears that head coach John Harbaugh has taken the final step to complete his coaching staff for the 2014 season.

Former NFL wide receiver and current University of Pittsburgh assistant Bobby Engram is set to become the Ravens’ new wide receivers coach, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com. Engram would be replacing the departed Jim Hostler, who accepted a position with the Buffalo Bills last week after he did not receive Baltimore’s offensive coordinator job that went to Gary Kubiak.

Engram spent 14 years playing in the NFL before spending the 2011 season with the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh, who presumably gave him an endorsement in speaking to his older brother. A record-setting receiver at Penn State, Engram spent the last two years as Pitt’s wide receivers coach.

Spending time with Chicago, Seattle, and Kansas City in his professional career, Engram amassed more than 7,500 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.

The Ravens officially announced Thursday that they’d hired Hammock, who has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the last three seasons as the University of Wisconsin’s running backs coach and assistant head coach. Hammock previously spent time coaching the running backs at the University of Minnesota (2007-2010) as well as at Northern Illinois (2005-2006), his alma mater.

“Take a look at Thomas’ college resume,” Harbaugh said in a team statement. “It’s impressive, and it’s clear he can teach, coach, and help players become better. He’s an impressive person, and we’re looking forward to seeing him coach our players.”

During Hammock’s three seasons as the Badgers’ running backs coach, they ranked third nationally in rushing yards per attempt (5.7), fourth in rushing touchdowns (121), and seventh overall in rushing yards per game (251.1), with each category also leading the Big Ten during this span.

Hammock’s most famous pupil was 2013 second-round pick Montee Ball, who won the 2012 Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and set the NCAA all-time record for rushing touchdowns (77). With Ball off to the NFL to play for the Denver Broncos last season, Hammock guided senior James White and sophomore Melvin Gordon to rush for a combined 3,053 yards, an NCAA single-season record for a pair of teammates.

“The opportunity to coach at the highest level excites me,” Hammock said. “To come to an organization that is committed to winning and has a coaching staff that is so respected is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Working with coach Harbaugh, learning the offense and working with coach Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special.”

Engram and Hammock will join Kubiak, quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, and tight ends coach Brian Pariani as new additions to Harbaugh’s coaching staff this season. Senior defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo was appointed as the new secondary coach to replace Teryl Austin, who became the new defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions last month.

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