Joey Bosa finally made his NFL debut. After missing the first four weeks due to a contract disagreement and a lingering hamstring injury, the third pick of the 2016 NFL Draft played Week 5 like he had something to prove.
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The San Diego Chargers lost 34-31 to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but Bosa had a spectacular game at defensive end. In just 27 snaps, the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder from Ohio State had three tackles for a loss, two sacks and four hurries. The 21-year-old was all over the field. The Chargers lined him up at both defensive end positions as well as outside linebacker.
Bosa’s two sacks happened on snaps when he did not give up on the play. For his first NFL sack, Bosa lined up on the right side and was stopped initially. But as the play continued, he ran all the way around to the left side and gave Raiders quarterback Derek Carr a vicious blow.
On his second sack, Bosa ran past the offensive tackle pretty easily with a nice swim move, but Carr stepped up in the pocket, making Bosa miss. After fighting to get back in position, Bosa stuck with the play and sacked Carr.
Pass Rush isn’t the only place where Bosa excelled. With three tackles for a loss, Bosa was effective in the run game too. Here you can see him beating the offensive lineman on the inside and making a nice tackle on the running back.
Though Bosa had a great game, he knows there is room for improvement. “I’m the last one out of the facility every single day. I know I missed a lot, and I have a lot to prove. It’s a bummer when you’re working as hard as you do and you still don’t have that support that you want. I’m just going to keep doing what I do, keep my head down, keep working hard. Hopefully, we start winning some games. I know we will,” Bosa said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune.