Was The Chargers’ Joey Bosa Worth The Wait?



You have to wonder if the San Diego Chargers would have lost three of their first four games this season if Joey Bosa was around.

Bosa, the defensive end and No. 3 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, has added a new layer to a Chargers’ defense that was already good before his arrival. The addition of a second excellent pass rusher to go with Melvin Ingram has made the San Diego defense dynamic and formidable in an AFC West that is still available for the Chargers to win.

Bosa didn’t play every snap Thursday night, but when he was on the field, you knew it — he found himself in Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian’s lap often Thursday in the Chargers’ 21-13 win. The Broncos were able to muster only 129 yards in the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game (before the Chargers’ trademark fourth-quarter collapse engaged), and Bosa deserves the lion’s share of the credit for that stinginess.

Bosa played 55 of 73 possible snaps Thursday night — he had one quarterback hit, five hurries, and a stop, according to Pro Football Focus. When he wasn’t making Siemian’s life hell directly, he was drawing attention away from Ingram and outstanding rookie pass-rushing linebacker Jatavis Brown, who found themselves in the backfield often.

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