SAN DIEGO -- It's been over five months since Denzel Perryman took the field and hit someone in a meaningful game.
And while Friday's rookie minicamp for the San Diego Chargers offered his first opportunity to take the field since his college days at the University of Miami, Perryman will have to wait another two months before he can stick a shoulder into a running back's chest.
"I just get an adrenaline rush out of it," Perryman said. "I wouldn't say it's a stress reliever, because I can deliver a couple blows during the game. I don't know, I just like contact man. I'm just one of those aggressive players."
Perryman's relentless nature and playmaking ability are a couple of reasons San Diego selected him in the second round of this year's draft.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano has Perryman working at Mike linebacker, the inside linebacker position in San Diego's 3-4 scheme that is in charge of making all of the defensive calls.
While it will be important for Perryman to show he can digest the playbook and play fast on the field, he also understands why the Chargers brought him to San Diego -- to make bone-crushing hits on the man with the football.
"When I get to the ball, you'll know," he said. "Whether you hear it or you see it, I'm getting there with bad intentions. You got to look out for me."
On an unusually wet and rainy day in San Diego, Perryman had to dial back the intensity a little bit in a shortened, 45-minute practice. At one point during team drills first rounder Melvin Gordon appeared to outrun Perryman on a swing route down the sideline. However, Perryman pointed out that practice was conducted at walk-through speed.
"Today it was a little tough for people to slow down, because we were supposed to be going walk-through tempo," Perryman said. "But everybody was going full speed. I guess they were just anxious and wanting to play ball."
"You draft players that can help you win," Pagano said. "You don't draft based on what numbers or who's in those situations. Before the draft started we had three inside linebackers. So for me it was important to get that depth, and to get guys who can make plays out there.
"He not only makes are depth better, but he makes our special teams better. And it pushes the veterans to always play at a higher level."
Perryman's been here a week, and will join in working with the rest of the vets on Monday. He said Te'o, Colton Underwood and fellow Florida native Corey Liuget have been showing him the ropes during his first week at Chargers Park.
Another person that has been helping him get through the first week is new linebackers coach Mike Nolan.
"He's a great teacher," Perryman said. "He pretty much simplifies the playbook so it's not that difficult to learn. He has an open door, so whenever you need it you can call him and ask questions. He's always available."