BEREA — Breshad Perriman knows what to expect in Sunday's season finale at M&T Bank Stadium.

The wide receiver who resurrected his NFL career this year with the Browns will reunite over the weekend with the Baltimore Ravens, who drafted him in the first round in 2015 and cut him shortly before this season began.

"It's going to be a crazy atmosphere," Perriman said Friday. "It's going to be loud. Fans are going to be into it. This is an all-or-nothing game. We're just trying to go in there and spoil that."

If the Ravens (9-6) defeat the Browns (7-7-1), they would win the AFC North title and head to the playoffs. But if the Browns prevail and the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1) beat the Cincinnati Bengals (6-9), the Steelers would capture the division crown instead, ending the Ravens' season.

Perriman smiled as he thought about dashing his former team's playoff hopes.

"I would love it," he said.

Perriman missed his rookie season with the Ravens because of a knee injury and never lived up to their expectations as the 26th overall selection. In two seasons, he appeared in 27 games, four of which he started, and had 43 catches for 576 yards and three touchdowns.

"Had some drops. Had some injuries," he said.

Added Ravens coach John Harbaugh: "The injuries really slowed him up and really hampered his development and opportunities."

Seventeen days after the Ravens waived Perriman on Sept. 1, he signed with Washington. He was waived again five days later. A rash of injuries in the Browns' receiving corps prompted General Manager John Dorsey to sign Perriman as an emergency pickup Oct. 13.

Perriman, 25, was convinced he would get another chance in the league, but he had no idea when.

"It felt like it was forever," Perriman said. "It was a tough, challenging time for me. But I've got a great support system. I stayed prayed up and kept faith. My mom, my dad, my girl, my friends, they just really kept me into it and just continued to pray."

Since joining the Browns, Perriman has appeared in nine games with two starts and has 13 catches for 295 yards and a touchdown. His combination of size (6-foot-2 and 211 pounds) and speed has helped him become their most reliable deep threat.

His 66-yard catch from rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield on Dec. 9 in a 26-20 win over the Carolina Panthers is tied for the Browns' third-longest play from scrimmage this season. His 63-yard reception from fellow receiver Jarvis Landry in Sunday's 26-18 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals is tied for the fourth longest.

"It definitely helps build your confidence," Perriman, who's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, said of his production. "Words can't even really explain how much fun I've been having."

Harbaugh told Baltimore reporters this week he's happy for Perriman, and his former teammates said they're not surprised by the Central Florida product's recent success.

"We all are light bulbs. We click at different times," Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr said. "So it’s just a matter of him maturing and figuring the game out."

The Browns believe Perriman's turnaround is a result of his work ethic.

"He's put the time and effort in," offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens said. "He's really a great story from the standpoint of since Day One he's come in, he doesn't say much, he just does his job and he keeps his head down and he works. He is like the prototype of what we are looking for."

Instead of letting his emotions become a factor, Perriman said he plans to treat the matchup with his old team like a normal game.

Mayfield suspects Perriman will be driven to perform well in a familiar setting.

"He's not the type of guy to show it, though. He's very about his business, quiet, just comes to work," Mayfield said. "But knowing him how I have been around him more and more, that's an internal thing for him. It's going to push him this week, and so we're hoping it's going to be a positive thing."

If the Browns have their way, Perriman will remind the Ravens what they're missing out on.

"I'm not really out there thinking I'm trying to prove people right or prove people wrong," he said. "I'm just really going out there trying to prove it to myself."

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his Browns coverage at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.