Chargers rookie Denzel Perryman makes a play

It was just one play.

But it was a play most rookie linebackers don't make.

Denzel Perryman got the jump on a pass and knocked it down.

There was no false step, no long pause that you see from most rookies. There was no fat to be trimmed from the route Perryman took to the ball.

It was a bam-bam play, defending an intruder, on the first day of Chargers training camp Thursday, and the rookie won.

"That was a pretty big play for me today," Perryman said.

A few teammates hollered praise, and veteran safety Jimmy Wilson congratulated him.

It was better than Perryman served in spring camp, when a hamstring injury sidelined him. He said he's now at full speed, having worked out in Miami in recent weeks with several NFL players who are fellow University of Miami alums, such as Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and Lamar Miller.

Tom Telesco, who drafted him in May, said Perryman will lend thump to the defense. The inside linebacker said he's excited that the pads will come on Saturday.
Finally, he'll get a chance to take on blockers and at least bump or grab the ball carrier.

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