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LA Chargers: Three players whose jobs are in jeopardy after the 2020 NFL Draft

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Nick Vannett #81 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball while being tackled by Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Nick Vannett #81 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball while being tackled by Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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1. Denzel Perryman, LB

Denzel Perryman can be a huge component of the LA Chargers’ defense when he is playing his best football. The problem is that Perryman has struggled to stay on the field and has periods in which his production does not come close to what it could be.

When Perryman is thriving then the Chargers’ run defense is much better, as he plays the role of plugging lanes and pursuing after ball-carriers. The problem is that he has not been thriving, hence why the run kills the Chargers at times.

Kenneth Murray fits that same billing perfectly and if all goes as planned is going to be a much more reliable linebacker, at least in run-down situations.

Murray is a traditional inside linebacker who is going to play the MIKE and finally gives the Chargers that legitimate run-stuffing linebacker that runs downhill and hits people hard.

If Murray plays as good as the Chargers are likely expecting him to then there really is no need for Perryman. It makes sense to slowly phase him out of the gameplan with his contract expiring after the season.

Of course, Perryman could also ball out during training camp (if there is one) to win more playing time this season; or not having a training camp altogether could help him so the Chargers don’t fully commit to Murray.

Either way, Murray challenges Perryman’s role with the team.

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