The Redskins bolstered their receiving corps Tuesday by signing former Baltimore Ravens first-round-pick Breshad Perriman Perriman and former Arizona Cardinals first-round-pick Michael Floyd.
Baltimore selected Perriman 26th overall out of the University of Central Florida in the 2015 draft, but he has had difficulty staying on the field due to injuries and appeared in only 26 out of 48 possible regular season games for the Ravens, totaling 576 yards and three touchdowns on 43 receptions. Perriman was waived by the Ravens on Sept. 1 after three seasons with the team.
When talking with reporters on Wednesday, Perriman was clear about what his strength as a receiver is.
"Speed, a lot of speed. Big-play ability, that's what I focus on," he said. "Definitely my speed."
Perriman was not able to participate in the NFL Combine before the 2015 draft because of an injury, but he recorded a sub 4.3 second 40-yard-dash time at the UCF pro day.
Perriman said he does have a chip on his shoulder after being released from the Ravens, but that he's excited about the opportunity he'll have with the Redskins.
"It was a no brainer for me, as soon as they offered it I signed. I just like the whole picture, just from being around here," he said. "Even on my workout the same day, I could just tell that it was great coaching. I knew some guys on the team already so it was easy."
Quarterback Alex Smith told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that he wasn't going to forecast production for either of the new wideouts until getting a chance to work with them.
"I think the fact that they're both veteran guys and have played helps with that. We'll see," Smith said.
Floyd, a former standout wide receiver at Notre Dame, was drafted by the Cardinals with the 13th-overall pick in the 2012 draft. Floyd played 76 games for the Cardinals from 2012-2016, amassing 242 receptions, 3,739 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Floyd was released from the Cardinals during the 2016 season for off-field reasons, and was signed by the New England Patriots for the remainder of that season. In 2017 Floyd signed a one-year deal with his hometown team the Minnesota Vikings. The New Orleans Saints signed him in July of 2018, and released him before the regular season began.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that they picked up the two new receivers in part because of injuries to the wideout corps. Wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr., who injured his shoulder in the season opener, had also hurt his knee in the Week 2 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Gruden said Richardson had an MRI that came back clean, but that the team was being careful with him regardless.
Perriman and Floyd were both at the team facility for practice on Wednesday, but were limited participants in some of the drills.
"We had them out there today just trying to get their feet wet. They did some individual, got thrown into team a little bit. I kind of held their hand, told them what to do," Gruden said. "Hopefully this week we don't have to use either one of them, but if we do we'll get them ready, we'll give them a crash course here tonight, obviously Friday and hopefully get them ready for Sunday."
Gruden said the Redskins liked Floyd and Perriman when they were coming out of their respective drafts, and that they're happy to have had the opportunity to sign them now.
"It's a chance for us to look at them. We have a bye coming up after this week so we have a couple weeks to look at them before this 13-game stretch we have after the bye," Gruden said. "It doesn't cost us anything, we've got a good look at two very good players, coming out two first rounders"
The Redskins will look to get their receivers more involved in the passing game as their wideout corps has combined for only 18 receptions, 173 yards and zero touchdowns through two weeks. So far their three receiving yardage leaders are running backs Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson, and tight end Jordan Reed.
The Redskins will have an opportunity to fix that in Sunday's game against Green Bay, as the Packers have allowed the seventh most passing yards per game this season.