Perriman’s route running in college was really propped up by his athleticism, his speed constantly allowed him free releases at the line and a lot of off coverage. One of the bigger weaknesses for Perriman is him showing his hand too early, turning his body just as he’s heading into his break.
On these plays, Perriman points his shoulders and hips towards the right throughout the entire vertical release, giving away where he’s going. The rub on the first route keeps him from being affected, but an NFL DB might be a lot quicker to realize what’s going on when Perriman gives off tips like these.
Three plays that are all catches by Perriman but on all three Perriman fails to show a significant vertical threat as he runs his route. The DBs are so scared by the potential of his deep ball that they’re more than willing to drop back even though he’s lifted his shoulders two steps into his route. This is one of those places where his athleticism is carrying him and when Perriman doesn’t sell the vertical and the DB isn’t biting onto the potential, this ends up happening:
But not just to pile on Perriman’s issues, sometimes he surprises and does everything right.
Perriman is lined up at the bottom of the screen. He doesn’t release inside immediately, instead setting up the DB by moving him to the outside before running right around him, something his speed and burst allows him to take advantage of. As he heads up the field, he gets into track mode and lowers his shoulders doing a full sell of the vertical before he breaks inside. The ball isn’t going to come to him, but it easily could have.
Release and Hand Play
Perriman’s speed gave him too many free releases, but Perriman still got to show some of his skills off the line involving his feet (a limited set) and his ability to hand-fight down the field should be encouraging for teams looking to see whether or not he can use his hands to get off of press.
What Perriman doesn’t do with his route running, he does with his release: threaten the DB vertically. Despite only showing one real release move (that forward hop/step) he always takes it as far as he can get before going into the route, already scaring the DB into thinking he’s about to blow past them. Fear is a tool that a developed Perriman would be using constantly if he succeeds in the NFL.
Perriman’s at the top of this screen. It’s difficult to see at full speed, but as Perriman goes up the field the DB attempts to get a hand on him and he grabs it and twists and pushes it away. He’s taking the DB completely out with this.
The same thing happens here, Perriman is knocking the DB’s hands away as he gets past him, leaving him wide open.
When the two traits come together and Perriman is pressed at the line of scrimmage, this play occurs:
Perriman’s release forces the DB to take out his hands which Perriman immediately swipes away. He’s gone after that.
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