The San Diego Chargers left Oakland on Sunday with a bitter taste in their mouth and plenty of disappointment. There were some bright spots though on that nice Sunday afternoon. The brightest might have been the debut of embattled defensive lineman, Joey Bosa. Bosa showed a of good things that make it look like the Chargers were right to pick him at number three in the draft.
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Perhaps the most relevant thing that Bosa showed, was hustle. Every fan wants to see a player that gives hius all for his team. Bosa was flying all over the field as he wreaked havoc on the Raiders Offense. The two most obvious showcases were his first sack where he never gave up on the play and chased down Derek Carr; and a pass to the sideline where Bosa chased him down from behind. It was a small sample that did not allow him to get too tired, but he showed a tirless motor and hunger to get to where the ball is. The defense needs this attitude to finish plays and make big plays.
Bosa also lived in the backfield on Sunday. He had two sacks and three tackles for a loss. That is great, considering he was only on the field for 27 snaps. Bosa regularly was in the backfield and disrupting plays. He was also constantly putting pressure on Carr. He made backs make adjustments to escape in the backfield. The Chargers have missed a presence like this and this will open up lanes for linebackers and give them more time to penetrate to the ball as the backs make adjustments.
Overall, Bosa showed lots of promise in a small sample size. He also showed great poise after the game when answering interviews. If he continues to develop and keeps showing the motor we saw on Sunday, Bosa can be a stud for the Chargers. They might have a devensive stalwart in the category of Khalil Mack. Bosa can become a solid part of a young defensive corps alongside Denzel Perryman, Jason Verrett, and Manti Te'o. Bosa should have another good day heading into a matchup with the Denver Broncos, where he will have an opportunity to take advantage of a not so great offensive line.