Question 3: I read that when Perryman was on the field, the run D was significantly better. If so, would it be worth while to take a guy that can play his position and stay healthy, and whom could this be in the draft? – DrJWC
Let’s look at the stats for this one:
First eight weeks without Perryman:
- Running back total yards per game average: 174.4
Weeks 10-14 with Perryman (before second injury):
- Running back total yards per game average: 107.0 yards per game
You also have to remember that Perryman’s first game back against the Jaguars included a 56-yard fake punt by Corey Grant, which counts towards the rushing total.
He immediately changed the dynamic of the defense, looking like the only second-level player behind the defensive line to try and meet the back at the line of scrimmage:
The difference between Denzel Perryman and Hayes Pullard in 8 seconds. Denzel reads run, beats Fournette to the hole and finished. Hayes can’t do that. pic.twitter.com/uNXLBADp2w
— The Lightning Round Podcast (@Lightning_Round) November 13, 2017
Should we take another guy who could do just that? Absolutely. Teaming Perryman up with Tremaine Edmunds would be the dream scenario, but the linebacker out of Virginia Tech might go in the top 10. Grab Rashaan Evans in the first, or a guy like Malik Jefferson from Texas on the second day.
Question 4: I want to keep everyone but I’m worried about losing guys I like. Who are the players that you think the Chargers might not re-sign? – Malik
At this point, notable free agents are:
- S Tre Boston
- TE Antonio Gates
Anyone else not listed is likely already signed/extended/tendered by the Chargers, found a home elsewhere or aren’t a “notable” name to retain (sorry, Sean McGrath; you’re a cool dude, though, thanks for saying Hi at the game…). I’m not worried about whether or not the two I listed return or not. If Boston returns, great. He got much better over the second half of the season. If not, the team can find a young replacement in the draft, possibly in a later round like did with Desmond King, who was taken in the fifth last season.
If Gates returns, fantastic. I’d be happy. If not, I’m also happy. Why? Because that means he’s retiring and moving on from playing football, not because he’s signing with another team. Let him find peace and expand on other ventures if it indeed is his time.
Every key player the Chargers needed to retain has been, in my opinion, so Malik you’ve got nothing to worry about!