SAN DIEGO -- Good morning.
There’s little doubt rookie defensive end Joey Bosa has made an impact in his first three games with the San Diego Chargers after missing the first month of the season with a lingering hamstring injury.
Bosa had another impressive performance in a win over the Atlanta Falcons last week, recording two sacks in a game for the second time this season.
As Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune points out, Bosa is playing less than he did in college, which keeps him fresh and allows the Ohio State product to have more of an impact when he’s in the game.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bosa’s averaged 42 defensive snaps a contest through three games. Krasovic notes that Bosa rarely came off the field for the Buckeyes.
However, Bosa still has his detractors. Former NFL edge rusher and current analyst Brady Poppinga said in this interview with Mark Willard and Rich Ohrnberger of Xtra 1360 Fox Sports radio that while Bosa has played well, he is not having the type of impact an elite edge rusher like Von Miller has on a game.
Poppinga does a nice job of explaining his argument in this video.
NFL analyst Nick Hardwick attempts to refute Popinga’s perspective on Bosa with a pretty good breakdown in this video on the effect the rookie has had on San Diego’s defense through three games. It’s also worth your time this morning.
My take: I see both points. As a rookie, obviously Bosa is not the same player as Miller, but that doesn’t mean down the road he will not have a similar impact on a defense. Opposing offenses already have had backs stay in and chip on Bosa or have kept a tight end in to block on his side because of his disruptive presence. And Hardwick’s breakdown is a great illustration of how Bosa has not only had an impact as a pass rusher but also in the running game.
My take: In this ESPN Insider piece I also like a close game, but went with the Broncos 21-17, while ESPN's NFL Nation Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold took Denver big 27-12.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times interviews former NFL head coach and San Diego native Mike Martz, who had some interesting things to say about the Chargers. Martz said Melvin Gordon looks improved as a runner, and he’s also been impressed with Bosa.
Martz also makes a weekly appearance with Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 AM Radio, which you can check out here.
My take: Martz echoes what others have been saying about Gordon, that he has been more decisive and aggressive as runner.
My take: Possible players of interest include Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, Miami cornerback Corn Elder, Notre Dame receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, Clemson receiver Mike Williams and Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden.