“Stay Hydrated” is the phrase Denzel Perryman used last season as he quickly endeared himself to the Las Vegas Raiders and their fans. He was brought in late in the preseason and, from Day 1, he made an immediate impact. He acquired double-digit tackles in each of the team’s first six games. The late addition to the team looked as though he had been there all offseason.
How did 2021 play out for Raiders LB Denzel Perryman?
The numbers were something to marvel at, as he finished the year with 154 total tackles and a stout presence at linebacker. Strong play at the linebacker position for the Raiders has been a mixed bag for many years. However, Perryman brought leadership and tenacity. Through the first six games of the season, the former second-round pick had 73 total tackles and was bringing big hits every chance he could.
The season finale was a big game as he played a big role in getting the victory and getting the Raiders into the playoffs, while also knocking out his former team, the Los Angeles Chargers. He ended that game with nine total tackles, but his presence was felt everywhere. Perryman was able to use his big season to get a Pro Bowl selection. He began 2021 by being let go by the Chargers and then traded to the Panthers before playing a game. By 2021’s end, he had a playoff appearance and a Pro Bowl selection. Not bad.
How will 2022 play out for the Raiders and Perryman?
One of the lingering questions has been his ability to stay healthy, and last season he seemed to answer that. He played 15 games and posted great numbers. This year, with the additions to the linebacking corps and players expected to make jumps, it could give him more chances for rest, but also to produce. The prediction goes like this: 160 total tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception. The opportunity will be there, and the belief should be that this team can make a deep run.
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