The NFL season will kick off in just over two months, so it’s time for another series of articles to begin here at Bolt Beat. Between now and opening day, I will be predicting the stats for each member of the San Diego Chargers. Well, at least those that I feel will be part of the final 53-man roster.
Denzel Perryman flashed greatness as a rookie in 2015, making fans in San Diego quite happy the team was able to select him in the second round of the NFL draft. However, his sophomore season should provide even more explosiveness.
Perryman played in only 14 games last season as the team started the season with Donald Butler ahead of him on the depth chart. Perryman eventually proved he belonged in the starting lineup, and the team cut ties with Butler this offseason.
With a firm grip on one of the inside linebacker jobs, Perryman should begin the season alongside Manti Te’o in the middle of the Chargers’ defense. So, how will he perform this year?
Forced Fumbles: 1
Fumble Recoveries: 0
We can expect to see an aggressive Perryman who has acclimated to NFL speed. He will play with instincts and confidence and be one of the best defensive players on this team in 2016. Playing a full 16-game schedule, Perryman will put up big numbers that will have him in consideration for a spot on the Pro Bowl roster.
I predict he will lead the team in tackles this year and be a disruptive force against the run as well as a guy who can put pressure on the quarterback. In his senior season at the University of Miami, Perryman posted 110 tackles to go with 9.5 sacks.
2016 Projected Stats
Forced Fumbles: 3
Fumble Recoveries: 1
To put that into perspective, 117 tackles would have tied him for 14th in the entire league last season in terms of most tackles.
Perryman is going to become a force this year under John Pagano and his defensive scheme. Look for him to make an impact right off the bat against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.