Breshad Perriman came into the NFL with high expectations. After missing his entire rookie season Perriman returned in 2016 to register 33 catches for 499 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Perriman is excited for the 2017 season, one he predicts will have Ravens’ fans talking about him and saying, according to him, that “He’s the real deal,”.

Perriman said that and so much more on the team website’s on The Lounge Podcast.

“I can’t wait. I’ve been waiting for this moment all along,” Perriman said. “I’m expecting a huge year from me, to be honest with you.”

Perriman didn’t have the big year, from a production standpoint, that many thought he would have had in 2016 but he noted that it was important that he played all 16 games.

“That was big,” Perriman said.

“I felt like all along I could stay healthy. The injuries that happened my rookie year were freak accidents. I never thought of myself as injury-prone. My goal was to stay healthy and it happened, and I want to build on that this year.

“I fell a little short [of my overall goals], but I won’t fall short this year.”

Baltimore needs Perriman to step up in 2017. The Ravens don’t have a receiver that really stands out as a game-changer, so they will be hoping that Perriman morphs into that role and fellow receiver Mike Wallace continues to produce.

As far as entering the season with a lot to prove, Perriman is confident.

“I’m not as tense,” Perriman said.

“I’m going out there and playing free, playing faster. And catching wise, I feel like my hand-eye coordination has gotten incredibly better.

“I know how much potential I have. I’m just ready to put it all together. It is going to come together.”