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Get to know linebacker Denzel Perryman

Denzel Perryman

A native of Coral Gables, Fla., who attended the University of Miami, Perryman was a second-round pick by the Chargers in 2015. Read more about him below:

Carolina connections

In his six seasons with the Chargers, Perryman crossed paths with a couple of former Panthers, linebacker Thomas Davis and safety Tre Boston.

Although he only played with Davis on the West Coast for one season, Perryman seemed to leave quite the impression on recently retired Panthers legend and his family.

Miami connection

Since 2000, former Hurricanes linebackers have amassed 970 total tackles for the Panthers. As a former member of the U and native of Coral Gables, Fla., Perryman will look to add to that number as he steps into shoes once held by Dan Morgan and Jon Beason.

Beason even wore No. 52, the same one Perryman wore in six years with the Chargers. Beason spoke to The Athletic about what he sees in Perryman:

"I'm a little bit taller," said Beason, who is just a shade under 6-1. "But he's way more explosive than I ever was. When he hits you, he comes out of his shoes, through his hips. I mean, he knocks people back. He's old school. He actually — this game, the way it's officiated now, he can't really play in it. He's a hitter."

Denzel Perryman

Finding the formula for 16 games (or 17, now)

Perryman has yet to play a full 16-game season since entering the league in 2015. He played in 27 games the past two seasons, but battled ankle and knee injuries in 2017 and 2018.

He's averaged around 5.0 tackles per game in his career, posting 48 in 2020 and 68 in 2019.

All the personality

Perryman certainly seems to have plenty of personality. A vocal leader for the Chargers' defense, Perryman should provide a presence in the locker room from Day 1. Just watch his mic'd segment from last season for proof.

View photos of Denzel Perryman during his time with the Chargers from 2015-20.

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