In conversation, the “oomph” isn’t really present in Denzel Perryman’s voice.
The Chargers middle linebacker, the man tasked with relaying play calls, lining up teammates and breaking huddles, has a smooth alto when talking without a helmet covering his face.
“I’m just trying to earn my stripes,” he repeated. “It’s just my third year.”
But for coach Anthony Lynn and others working with the Chargers’ defense, the expectation is for Perryman to speak up even more and step into a role closely tied with his position on the field.
“He certainly has that personality to be a leader,” Lynn said. “I’ve watched him grow a little bit this offseason. His communication of...