3. Denzel Perryman, who is a guarantee not to start for the LA Chargers
Denzel Perryman will likely not be starting any games for the LA Chargers, barring an injury to the linebacker room that forces the Chargers to start him out of necessity. The team is already seemingly transitioning to a defense that has less Perryman in it and that will continue in 2020.
Perryman played 14 games last season and started 10 of them, not starting in the first two games of the season while starting the last three after being hurt.
Perryman is an interesting player as he has had some stretches where he looks really solid and makes some really impactful plays, particularly in the run defense department. However, he has been far too inconsistent and it seems to be best if the team picks and chooses when to use him.
The Bolts essentially drafted Perryman’s replacement in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft when they traded back up to select Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray. Murray is a hard-nosed, run-stuffing backer just like Perryman and projects to essentially be a better version of Perryman.
Perryman will still see snaps and he should make the roster (although I would not be shocked if he didn’t) but he should lose his starting job that he had last year and really has had for his entire career when he is healthy.
I would call this one a guarantee. If Perryman is starting, with the rest of the linebacker core healthy, then I will be legitimately shocked.