Raiders LB Denzel Perryman prepares to face former team

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After spending six seasons with the Chargers, Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman prepares to face his former team.

Perryman was an integral piece in the middle of the defense for the Bolts, and he has carried over his playmaking skills to Las Vegas under defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Perryman has earned double-digit tackles each game for a total of 36 thus far. Last week, Perryman produced a season-high 14 tackles in the Raiders’ overtime win over the Dolphins.

The familiar faces may prove to be an advantage for both teams; however, Perryman spoke on what the Las Vegas defense is up against, specifically highlighting the dynamic duo of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

“I consider Keenan to be a quick twitchy guy, playmaker,” Perryman said. “Obviously, Mike is a playmaker too, but Mike’s more of a jump ball, deep ball kind of guy, and Keenan’s all over the place. It’s going to be a challenge. As far as a defense, we need to do our job and play as one.”

While stout against the run, Perryman has made strides in pass coverage. Perryman, who has been targeted 19 times, has allowed a completion rate of 73.7 percent (tied for 12th among 29 linebackers with at least 10 targets).

The 28-year old should have a tough test, as Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will look to get running back Austin Ekeler and tight ends Jared Cook and Donald Parham involved through the air.