By Jeremiah Delgado
On Sunday afternoon, Joey Bosa finally made his debut for the San Diego Chargers after a long summer of contract negotiations, and he looked really good in a short amount of time against the Oakland Raiders.
Bosa only played 27 out of a possible 71 snaps. That did not matter for Bosa, as he had two sacks, one QB hit, four hurries and two run stops, according to ProFootballFocus. He also recorded a total of five tackles.
He did this against one of the best offensive lines in football. Bosa was able to put pressure on Derek Carr while going up against left tackle Donald Penn, who has only allowed 10 pressures all season and three of those came against Bosa on Sunday.
Bosa was lined up on both sides of the defensive line and was effective on each side and he was used as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker.
This was probably the only bright spot for the Chargers after losing another “heart-breaker” by a final score of 34-31. After all that time spent trying to get Bosa on the field, he produced well and showed he’s ready to contribute right away and was probably worth the wait.
This is a small sample size to judge how he will be long term but it takes any player, let alone a rookie, more snaps to get two sacks in most cases. Some of the better pass rushers in the league don’t even have two sacks, like New York Jets Pro Bowl DE Muhammad Wilkerson.
The more playing time he receives the better he will hopefully become for the Chargers. Bosa and the Chargers’ next matchup comes against a Denver Broncos offensive line that just allowed six sacks to the Atlanta Falcons, so Bosa could be in for another big day.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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