NY Jets: Why Breshad Perriman’s reward will outweigh his risk in 2020

NY Jets, Breshad Perriman (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Breshad Perriman (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

NY Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman is ready to prove that his success wasn’t a fluke.

“Last year was just a glimpse, a sneak peek. I feel like this year’s definitely going to be a season to remember, not me individually but I feel like as a team.”

This is what new NY Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman told team reporter Eric Allen soon after he signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal to wear the green and white.

Not only should this statement from Perriman get fans excited, but many should feel downright giddy. Perriman finished this past season on a high note, as he put up career-high numbers in yards-per-game over the last three contests of 2019.

The fifth-year wide receiver out of UCF vows that what many fans saw towards the end of last season, isn’t going to stop there.

Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson spoke highly of Perriman once he made it up the East Coast to Florham Park.

“They [Tampa Bay] used him how he’s supposed to be used and that’s downfield with his speed. He really showcased his skillset, so we’re looking to build where he left off last year. He’s going to be a great asset to our offense.”

Breshad Perriman will bring more than just speed to the NY Jets offense.

Perriman isn’t all speed, either. His shifty route-running forces defenders to play a bit of an awkward angle when trying to defend either a fly or sharp in-route, as he poses a threat in many facets of his game.

What Perriman does best, and what some fans often miss, is his ability to make plays off-script. Perriman’s overall awareness is also a large part of his game.

Rewind to Week 9 of the 2019 season versus Seattle. Perriman was working to the left sideline as then-quarterback Jameis Winston throws an awkward pass to the center of the end zone, trying to hit a mostly-covered wide receiver.

Without hesitation, the ball deflects off of a Seahawks player, into the hands of a heads-up Perriman who throws his palms up to signal a touchdown.

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The Jets may not know what sort of production they’re going to get from Perriman the player, but as a person, they’re in for a pleasant surprise.