Joey Bosa Is Living Up to the Hype for the San Diego Chargers

Joey Bosa was one of the most hyped up prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft and the San Diego Chargers were in search of a lethal pass rusher. Needless to say, the Chargers decided to draft Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick. It was a move that some criticized and it took some time to get Bosa locked up to a contract, but things have worked out in a big way.

Throughout the first two seasons of his career, Bosa has racked up 111 total tackles to go along with 23.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Last season, Bosa showed major improvement in his second year and recorded 70 total tackles to go along with 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Those numbers are encouraging for the Chargers and they are headed the right direction. Philip Rivers and company are not currently viewed as a serious contender for next season, but Bosa is without question becoming one of the most feared defensive ends in the league.

At just 22 years of age, it is becoming obvious that Bosa is the leader of the Chargers’ defense. He has an impressive physical presence on the field at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds and has improved as a vocal leader as well. Bosa is also known for a very energetic and boisterous style of play on the field.

Pro Football Focus researched the most quarterback pressures from second-year edge defenders from 2017. Bosa led the way with Yannick Ngakoue and Anthony Zettel following in second and third place respectively.

San Diego may have some work to do before they become a serious contender again in the AFC, but Bosa is certainly doing his part. If the Chargers continue to build through the draft and bring in quality free agency additions, the future is bright for them.

Evan Massey is the Managing Editor for Lifestyle Sports 101. He is a sports writer who has also covered politics, entertainment, and many other things. He has seen his work featured on ESPN, Forbes, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, and plenty of other online publications.