Reviewing the current inside linebackers for the Las Vegas Raiders
When talking about Perryman, it’s easy to note he was a Pro Bowler last year who shined under former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme. However, this is a new year, and this new scheme isn’t Gus Bradley’s.
Throughout his entire career, Perryman has been in a 4-3 defense, playing the middle linebacker position. While Patrick Graham intends to play a 4-3 when necessary, keeping opposing offenses on their toes with the ability to run both a 4-3 and 3-4, the latter will be his primary front.
This doesn’t bode well with Perryman due to the ’21 Pro Bowler being an up-and-down linebacker. The problem here is, linebackers in a 3-4 should be vertically adept, and this is something Perryman is not. To piggyback on him being an up-and-down linebacker, opposing quarterbacks feast on him, as shown by his 114 opposing rating and 5 touchdowns allowed. This simply won’t do.
In saying all this, Perryman had an outstanding year last season – One that’s impossible to turn a blind eye to. It’s unfair to say the veteran linebacker won’t be able to make the new front work, but there are clear limitations in his game that fully suggest he won’t be able to recreate his ’21 season now playing in a 3-4. Nevertheless, when the Raiders turn to a 4-3, it will be Perryman’s time to shine.
Either way, we can still expect the same fearlessness from the now second-year Raider, as well as the leadership he displayed last season. For now, though, let’s move onto the only other returning Raider at the position.