Denzel Perryman goes by the nickname “Baby thump” — an homage to his reputation as a violent hitter — according to Los Angeles Chargers versatile safety Adrian Phillips.
Phillips said the hard-hitting middle linebacker is starting to look like his old self, which is good news for a solid Bolts’ defense that believes it can be special in 2019.
“I don’t know if you all knew that,” said a smiling Phillips, when asked about Perryman’s nickname. “Seeing him back on the field and running around, he looks a lot better.nfl cheap jerseys nike
“A lot of guys, when they get hurt, they blow up [in weight]. He actually went the other way. He trimmed down a lot because he knows he has to be able to run with everything.”
Out since November because of surgery after suffering a left knee and hamstring injury in a Week 10 game against the Oakland Raiders, Perryman recently returned to practice and was limited to individual work.
Perryman shed weight this offseason, dropping 20 pounds to get to 230. He attributed the weight loss to changing his offseason workout regimen, lifting less and working more on improving his flexibility and core muscle strength.
Perryman has not been cleared by the team’s training staff to fully participate in practice but hopes to be by the time training camp begins on July 25.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
“He’s still rehabbing right now,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “He’s in the huddle just to hear the calls, but he’s not practicing right now [in team periods]. He’s working a little bit on the side.”
After another injury-prone season, Perryman did not know if he would return to the Chargers in the lead up to free agency. However, he inked a two-year, $12 million deal that included $4.9 million in guaranteed money in March.
Perryman said he was pleased to stay in Southern California — a place he calls his second home after joining the Bolts as a second-round selection in the 2015 draft out of Miami.