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LA Chargers: 3 players who benefit from no preseason games

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Anthony Lynn
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Anthony Lynn
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(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Denzel Perryman

Denzel Perryman is one of the most interesting players on the roster in that we have seen him be capable of making a tangible difference on the defensive side of the ball, he is just so inconsistent that the Chargers cannot buy into him being an every-down backer.

The team double-downed on that in the 2020 NFL Draft when they traded back into the first round to draft the hard-nosed, run-stuffing Kenneth Murray. Murray is essentially going to be a better version of Perryman.

Perryman still has value as a situational backer that can especially be used in running downs and if the Chargers pick and choose their spots in when to use him he can still be a difference-maker on the defense, just in a smaller scale.

A preseason would have granted the ability to do so and would have helped Anthony Lynn better gauge his linebacker room and who he wants to see on the field more often. With so much competition at the position, anything truly could have happened.

However, with no preseason games, the team is likely going to favor the veteran in Perryman over some of the new faces. This is not to say that he will win the starting job outright, but the Chargers will likely give him a bigger role than he would have gotten otherwise to start the season, making it “his to lose”.

Hey, maybe the added competition makes Perryman better and he winds up playing fantastic in 2020. Or maybe he starts the year off really poorly and ends up being used less and less as the season goes along.

Either way, he benefits from no preseason games.

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