Denzel Perryman’s overall fit
Some guys fit in straight away upon joining a new team. This trade probably indicates that Denzel Perryman wasn’t one of them.
If the Carolina Panthers thought Perryman would be of any use on and off the field to this young, progressive group of players, they would have kept him around rather than give up a draft pick and add $2 million of dead-cap money to their total over the next two years.
This is a roster that is all pulling in the same direction. The shift in mentality to a more cerebral approach has been evident throughout camp, with vocal leaders such as Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, and Thomas Davis no longer around.
It only takes one player to upset the apple cart, so to speak. Perryman looked like a solid fit thanks to his aggressive style and fearless approach on almost every down, but sometimes things don’t work out as expected.
One thing that separates this front office from the last is that if things aren’t transpiring as they’d hoped, changes will be made immediately. Certainly, a robust way of forming a roster capable of achieving success.
We saw something similar last season with Eli Apple, who was unceremoniously removed from the team after declaring himself unfit for practice. And of course, the J.T. Ibe hit on Keith Kirkwood during training camp saw him kicked out of practice and off the team.
Perryman should make a difference in Las Vegas, a team crying out for help at the second level. But it’s another lesson learned from Matt Rhule and Scott Fitterer.