LA Chargers roster: Ranking the linebackers by 2020 impact

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5. Denzel Perryman

Denzel Perryman is going to see a huge step back on the LA Chargers and rightfully so. While Perryman has shown really good flashes from time to time and has proven that he can be a difference-maker, the truth of the pudding is that he is simply not consistent enough both in his production and in his health.

There is a reason why the Chargers traded a second and third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to move back into the first round to draft a player that profiles almost identically to Perryman. The Chargers got a better run-stuffer and that will take Perryman off the field for the most part.

Perryman will still see playing time in heavy packages as well as when Murray needs a breather but at this point the Chargers really should be picking and choosing when Perryman is on the field. He has proven that he can thrive if put in the right spots, so to maximize his potential, the team ironically should play him less.

Again, the gap between Perryman and Egbule in terms of impact is massive and Perryman is still due to make a huge tackle or two on defense that will be a key turning point of a drive.

But in terms of being an every-down backer or even a rotational backer that gets a lot of playing time, well, those days may be over for Perryman — at least on the LA Chargers.