The only thing that has slowed down Denzel Perryman in his career has been injuries and unfortunately, they have been far too frequent.
Those injuries have forced Perryman to miss 22 games in his first four seasons and the Chargers hope that for his fifth, he’ll play in all 16 games.
When he’s on the field, he’s a game-changing player. A stout linebacker that brings the heat as a tackler, Perryman can also pressure the quarterback and drop back into coverage. The Chargers are a totally different team on defense when he’s not there.
In addition to staying healthy (hopefully). Perryman will have a great resource this coming season in veteran linebacker Thomas Davis. A long-time member of the Carolina Panthers, Davis was there to help Luke Kuechly along as Kuechly would credit Davis as much as anyone for his success in the NFL so far.
This doesn’t mean that Davis is going to turn Perryman into the next Kuechly, but Davis has the ability to be that player-coach that the Chargers’ young group of linebackers needs. Perryman could really benefit from being able to lean on his experience and so long as he can stay on the field, he will have a career year this coming season.