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Chargers LB Denzel Perryman should be starter over Butler

By Ernie Padaon
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Oct 18, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis (83) is tackled by San Diego Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) and defensive back Darrell Stuckey (25) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Denzel Perryman has done enough in his limited time of action to earning a starting role with the San Diego Chargers. In his one start against the Green Bay Packers, he led the team in tackles and had a number of big times hits. He also forced a fumble with one of those jarring hits. He is an impact player and he should be on the field with the rest of the starters. He should be getting the reps that Donald Butler is getting in the middle of the defense.

As long as Manti Te’o is sitting out with his injury, Perryman will get the opportunity to show his value to this defense. To many fans, he already has shown that he can be a starter for this team right now.

The Chargers defense has been awful against the run and that did not change with Perryman on the field against the Packers. Perryman did show that he has a better knack at getting to the football and making some impact plays than his teammate. Donald Butler has been lost all season and he needs to ride the bench. He likely should be 4th on the depth chart at the position since Kavell Conner would likely make more of an impact on defense than him.

Who should the starters in the middle be?