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Chargers' Joey Bosa growing tired of J.J. Watt comparisons

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Bosa growing tired of Watt comparisons (0:37)

Jarrett Bell explains how even though Chargers rookie Joey Bosa does not want to be defined by being compared to Texans star J.J. Watt, he is learning a lot from former Chargers DE Shawne Merriman. (0:37)

Good morning.

New San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa apparently is ready to move on from the constant comparisons to other NFL players, like Houston Texans do-everything defensive end J.J. Watt.

Perhaps Bosa is talking about Jeffri Chadiha of NFL.com writing that Bosa is ticketed to have a similar impact as Watt and be a versatile performer for the Chargers.

Bosa certainly didn't help dampen those comparisons in selecting the same number as Watt (No. 99), and since being drafted by the Chargers a few weeks ago the Ohio State product has been quick to point out he's just entering the league and has to prove his worth as an NFL player.

"He's obviously one of the best defenders in the league," Bosa said about the comparisons to Watt in his introductory press conference at Chargers Park. "That's obviously my goal, to come in and have an impact like that. I'm going to do anything I can to help the team win."

Bosa did say players he tries to emulate on the field in terms of his play include Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali.

Fellow teammate Brandon Mebane compared Bosa to former Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney.

My take: Whether you want to be compared to Watt or not, those expectations come with being the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. While it's understandable that Bosa wants to let people know that he stands on his own, the Ohio State product also should embrace the lofty expectations. Like Bosa, the Chargers have done their best to stay away from the Watt comparisons. However, Bosa has the versatility to move up and down the defensive line in San Diego's 3-4 scheme. Of course, he still has to prove himself on the field first.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune takes a closer look at San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane's comments Monday, which included the Cal product stating his new team's defense has more talent than his former team's, the Seattle Seahawks.

Krasovic: "I took his comments as, above all, a booster shot of Vitamin C -- Confidence -- for an franchise that's 0-for-50 in the Super Bowl trophy hunt. It matters not whether we co-sign on his talent judgment. Praise from a player of Mebane's chops is meant to infuse belief within a Bolts defense that has shown glimpses of the right stuff but has lapsed too often."

My take: Along with linebacker Denzel Perryman, Mebane has brought much-needed swagger to San Diego's defense.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with San Diego defensive line coach Giff Smith about his outlook on his position group.

My take: Interesting nuggets here. Giff said there's more talent in the group that was shows on tape, and that his group is focusing on hand usage, explosiveness and the power to lock out and escapability. It's worth your time this morning if you have specific questions about some of the back-end guys on the roster like Darius Philon.

Andrew Healy of Football Outsiders writes that San Diego's biggest weakness post-draft is at linebacker because of the team's struggles stopping the run last season.

My take: The Chargers drafted two inside linebackers in Joshua Perry and Jatavis Brown. And San Diego got better at the second level during the backstretch of 2015 when Denzel Perryman was placed in the starting lineup. I think they are fine at linebacker.