RSP Film Room: Miami LB Denzel Perryman

Denzel Perryman

Starring Perryman and Bleacher Report’s Ryan Riddle; co-starring LB Thurston Armbrister (No.34), and featuring RB Ameer Abdullah as “the scene stealer.”

In his return appearance to the RSP Film Room, Ryan Riddle joins me to watch the University of Miami middle linebacker, whose game engendered more questions than answers. Perryman, a short, stout defender at the position has the body type of a player like Stephen Tulloch, but his game doesn’t sustain the pre-draft hype of him as one of the top inside linebackers of this class:

  • Too many slow reads and reactions.
  • Attacking the wrong shoulder of his opponents in order to stack and shed appropriately.
  • Taking questionable angles in pursuit.
  • Only flashes of big-play ability.
  • The only consistent positive from two games viewed is Perryman’s ability to balance patience with downhill aggression to hit a crease and make a tackle.
  • Perryman plays at his best when he has open space to navigate. When he does he looks like the player that matches the hype.

Riddle and I were more impressed with Perryman’s teammate Thurston Armbrister, who was around the ball far more often. Perryman’s play did little to aid Armbrister’s performance. The real star of this show was Nebraska RB Ameer Abduallah, a player Riddle had not seen before this episode, who made a number of impressive runs that displayed vision, eye-popping agility and balance, and bucketfuls of determination.  Here’s my analysis of Abdullah at Football Outsiders.

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