The Chargers continued OTAs today, and after practice, inside linebacker Denzel Perryman spoke of entering his sophomore season and what he expects from this defense:
On not being a rookie anymore:
"I’m trying to pick up where I left off last year. When I first came in last year, [I was] trying to get the playbook down, the Chargers' terminology. It was a little difficult. Now I know it somewhat like the back of my hand. There’s a bunch of rookies in here, so I’m trying to help those guys out, like the [veterans} helped me out when I came in."
How much more comfortable are you?
"I’m a little comfortable. You can’t get too comfortable in this game, because you never know what’s going to happen next. I’m a little comfortable."
What's it like to have a big guy like Brandon Mebane in front of you?
"I’m just going to be flying through holes, making tackles. I told him he take care of me, I’ll take care of him."
What do you think of this defense right now?
"We are just working hard, playing together. We’re building. We have a lot of good potential."
Perryman, a second-round draft pick in 2015, played in 14 games as a rookie (starting nine of those) in place of Donald Butler, who was benched early in the season. Notching 73 total tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble, Perryman solidified himself as a hard-hitting player with a nose for the football and for finding -- and tackling -- running backs. With offseason additions like defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and defensive end Joey Bosa in the front seven, Perryman is poised to have an even bigger season in his second year in the NFL.